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Vasily Livanov – best Sherlock Holmes

Vasily Livanov – best Sherlock Holmes

Vasily Livanov – best Sherlock Holmes

Vasily Livanov is a Soviet and Russian film actor, screenwriter, writer, film director, animator, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1981), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1988). He became world famous as Sherlock Holmes in TV series directed by Igor Maslennikov, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. In 2006 Livanov was awarded the Order of the British Empire for the best classic screen image of Sherlock Holmes.
Vasily was born on July 19, 1935 in Moscow, USSR. He is a son of actor Boris Livanov and grandson of actor Nikolai Livanov (Izvolsky). His mother, Eugenia Kazimirovna was “one of the most charming women of Moscow”.

In 1954 Livanov graduated from the Moscow Art School and in 1958 from the Shchukin Theater School.
In 1961, Vasily played the main role in the film The Blind Musician based on the novel by V.G. Korolenko. It was the only time when he was a partner of his father, great Russian actor Boris Livanov.
From 1966 to 1973 he worked at Soyuzmultfilm studio. Livanov voiced about 300 cartoon characters, including Carlson, Crocodile Gena and Boa constrictor in 38 parrots. Together with Yuri Entin and Gennady Gladkov he created cartoon Town Musicians of Bremen.
Livanov is not only an actor, but also an author of novels, short stories, essays.

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Vasily in his youth

Alina Engelhardt, the daughter of biochemist Engelhardt, was the first wife of the famous actor. In 1963 she gave birth to their daughter Anastasia.
Elena Livanova became his second wife. They have two sons – Boris (born in 1974) and Nikolai (born in 1984), and three grandchildren.

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Elena Livanova and sons

A sculptural composition “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson” by Russian sculptor Andrey Orlov was opened near the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Moscow on April 27, 2007.

In 2007, a private company New Zealand Mint released a series of four coins with a portrait of Sherlock Holmes (Vasily Livanov).

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Sherlock Holmes. New Zealand coins

Selected filmography
1959 – Unsent Letter
1960 – Blind Musician
1961 – Two lives
1963 – Blue Notebook. Here Livanov appeared as Felix Dzerzhinsky.
1967 – Bracelet 2
1975 – The Captivating Star of Happiness where Livanov played the role of the Emperor Nicholas I.
1983 – Moon Rainbow
2005 – Master and Margarita
2006 – Velvet Revolution
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Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Dr Watson

Livanov near the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Livanov near the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Livanov near the Sherlock Holmes Museum

Livanov near the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London. 2006