Oleg Menshikov is a Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, theater director. By the way, he is People’s Artist of Russia (2003), three-time winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1995, 1997, 1999).
Oleg was born on November 8, 1960 in Serpukhov, Moscow region, into the family of a military engineer and a neurologist. Little boy was fond of music and parents bought an old violin. At school he was keen on juggling. Also Menshikov played the piano, his favorite tunes were cancan and melodies from classic operettas. In high school, he began staging performances. The first one had been staged by New Year’s Eve.
Menshikov finished music school. He was a member of an orchestra and could have entered the Music Conservatory. But he didn’t have to choose between music and stage. There was only stage for him. And he took his documents to the Schepkin Drama School, one of the oldest theater institutes in the country.
In 1980 Menshikov made his debut in the drama Wait And Hope by Suren Shakhbazian.
After the role in the film Pokrovsky Gates (1982) Menshikov became a star.