Sergei Stolyarov was a real superstar of the USSR in the first half of the 20th century. He was an actor, who created unique images of Alyosha Popovich, Sadko, Nikita Kozhemyaka and Soviet submarine commanders and pilots.
Nobody knew the exact date of Stolyarov’s birth. He was born in 1911 into the family of gamekeeper Dmitry Stolyarov. Three years later the head of the family went to the First World War, where he died. After the October revolution, the family was on the verge of poverty and hunger. So the mother decided to send her sons to the City of Bread – Tashkent. Sergei’s metric was lost and he decided to have birthday on November 1. Only at the beginning of the two thousandth historians were able to establish the correct date – July 17 (or the Fourth of July, old style), 1911.
On the road to Tashkent young Stolyarov fell ill with typhoid fever and was sent to orphanage in Kursk, where Sergei joined the drama club. After moving to Moscow in the late 20s, the future actor worked on the Kiev railway, devoting his spare time to drama school for the workers at the Moscow Art Theater, organized by actor Alexei Dikiy. There Stolyarov was advised to enter the Moscow Art Theatre.