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Date of Birth 25 December 1971Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]
Date of Death 25 February 2010Moscow, Russia  (heart attack)
Birth NameVladislav Suhachev
Nickname Vlad
Height 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vladislav Galkin was a Russian actor known for The Master and Margarita (2005 TV mini-series) and V avguste 44-go (2001).

He was born Vladislav Sukhachev on the 25th of December, 1971, in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His mother, filmmaker Yelena Galkina, divorced from his father, and later married popular Russian actor Boris Galkin. Eventually, he was adopted by his stepfather, Boris Galkin. He shot to fame in the Soviet Union at the age of 9, as Huckleberry Finn in the popular series Priklyucheniya Toma Soyera i Geklberri Finna (1982) by director Stanislav Govorukhin.

From 1988 - 1992 he studied acting at Shchukin School of Acting, graduating in 1992 from the class of Albert Gurov. From 1994 - 1998 he studied directing at VGIK, the Russian State Film Institute in Moscow, under Vladimir Khotinenko, graduating in 1998 as director. That same year he married his fourth wife, Dariya Mikhaylova.

Thanks to his versatility, Vladislav Galkin managed to overcome the initial typecast as a regular Russian man. He demonstrated remarkable range in various leading and supporting roles, such as Sashok in popular series Dalnoboyshchiki (2001 TV series), in Diversant (2004 TV mini-series) and in Diversant 2: Konets voyny (2007). While filming 'Diversant' without a stunt, Galkin fell and broke a leg that became infected and required eleven surgeries that caused him chronic pain. After that tragedy he had to use painkillers to continue filming.

In 2009 he was arrested after a conflict at a Moscow bar where a barmen refused to serve him. Galkin pulled a pneumatic gun before a security camera and made one shot, then he engaged in a fistfight with a Russian law enforcement officer. All that was used against him in court. Galkin was sentenced to fourteen months in prison. With the help of famous attorney Genrikh Padva the sentence was commuted. Soon Galkin was filming again, but he was suffering from moral and physical pain. In December 2009 he was hospitalized with pancreatic disease and his health was in danger.

Vladislav Galkin suffered from massive bullying by Moscow media and was ostracized by some of his peers. His wife, actress Dariya Mikhaylova, left him in 2009. Abandonment caused him depression and further problems with alcohol. He died of heart failure on 25th of February 2010 in his Moscow home, where his body laid unattended for two days until the law enforcement entered by breaking the front door.

Director Stanislav Govorukhin said that actor Galkin was a rare talent able to fill silence with deep special meaning. Director Vladimir Bortko stated that Galkin was a delicate and sensitive person who died because of yellow press and ruthless paparazzi.

Vladislav Galkin was laid to rest in Actors' Alley of Troekurovskoe Cemetery in Moscow, Russia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (2)

Dariya Mikhaylova (2 October 1998 - 25 February 2010) (his death)
Svetlana Fomicheva (1991 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (3)

He was Yelena Galkina's son adopted by Boris Galkin.
Suffered from a nervous breakdown after a nerve-wracking lawsuit in 2009 in Moscow.
After two surgeries on his knees he still refused to use stunts and was filming fights with the help of painkillers.

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