My favorite Russian actors

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Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
Actor, Hamlet
Innokenti Smoktunovsky (birth name Smoktunovich) was born in Siberian village of Tatianovka near Tomsk in 1925. There were some speculations that his ancestors were of Polish nobility or of Jewish ethnicity and that they were exiled to Siberia for participating in the January Uprising of 1863. But, according to Smoktunovsky's own words...
 
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Evgeniy Evstigneev
Evgeni Aleksandrovich Evstigneev (Yevgeni Yevstigneyev) was born on October 9, 1926, in Gorky, Russia, USSR (now Nizhni Novgorod, Russia). His father, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Evstigneev, was a metal worker. His mother, Maria Ivanovna (nee Chernysheva), was an industrial metal-miller. Young Evstigneev also worked as an industrial metal-worker in the city of Gorky...
 
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Tatyana Doronina
Considered one of the finest Soviet actresses of her generation, Tatyana Vasilyevna Doronina was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and graduated from the Moscow Art Theater. While sticking mostly to theater, she has had some noteworthy roles on the silver screen. One of her most famous movie roles is "Once More about Love"...
 
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Lyudmila Gurchenko
Lyudmila Gurchenko was a popular actress in the Soviet Union during the 1950s - 1980s, she was best known for Carnival in Moscow, Five Evenings (1979) and Siberiade. She was born Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko on 12 November 1935, in Kharkov, Ukrainian Soviet Republic of the USSR. She studied acting at the VGIK (Soviet State Institute for CInema)...
 
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Evgeniy Leonov
Evegeni Leonov was a Russian actor best known for leading roles in comedies, such as Kin-dza-dza! and Gentlemen of Fortune. He was born Evgeni Pavlovich Leonov on September 2, 1926, in Moscow, Russia, USSR (now Moscow, Russia). He was the second son in the family. His father, Pavel Vasilevich Leonov...
 
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Alisa Freyndlikh
Actress, Stalker
Alisa Brunovna Freindlikh was born on December 8, 1934, in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia). Her father, named Bruno Frejndlikh, was a notable actor. Alisa Freindlikh graduated from Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography in 1957. From 1961-1983 Alisa Freindlikh was a permanent...
 
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Oleg Yankovskiy
Actor, Nostalgia
Yankovsky was named best actor in a 1984 reader poll by Soviet Screen for his role in "In Love Because He Wants to Be." He was awarded the State Prize in 1987 for his role in "Flying Asleep and Awake." In 1989 he received the Vasiliev State Prize for his role in "The Kreutzer Sonata." Yakovsky was given the lifetime achievement award at the 1983 All-Union Film Festival...
 
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Oleg Basilashvili
Oleg Valerianovich Basilashvili was born on September 26, 1934, in Moscow, USSR. His father, named Valerian Basilashvili, was a director of the Moscow Polytechnical College. His mother, named Irina Ilyinskaya, was a teacher of linguistics. His father made up a story that his grandfather was a Colonel in the Imperial Army of the Tsar Nicholas II...
 
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Mikhail Zharov
Mikhail Zharov was a popular Russian actor who starred in silent films, and enjoyed a stellar career, until he fell under suspicion during the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. He was born Mikhail Ivanovich Zharov on October 27, 1899, in Moscow, Russian Empire. His father was a printing press worker...
 
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Lyudmila Tselikovskaya
Lyudmila Tselikovskaya was a Russian film and stage actress, and unofficial sex symbol in the 1940s Soviet Union. She was loved by general public, but was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. She was born Lyudmila Vasilyevna Tselikovskaya on September 8, 1919, in Astrakhan, Russia. Her father...
 
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Nadezhda Rumyantseva
Actress, Devchata
Nadezhda Rumyantseva was a Russian comedienne and character actress in Soviet comedies The Girls and Koroleva benzokolonki, and also a dubber in popular Russian cartoons. She was born Nadezhda Vasilevna Rumyantseva (sometimes spelled Rumiantseva) on September 9, 1930, in Potapovo village, Smolensk province...