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Date of Birth 25 April 1928Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Date of Death 30 November 2013Moscow, Russia
Birth NameYuri Vasilyevich Yakovlev
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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Yuri Yakovlev is a popular Russian actor best known for his roles in Soviet comedies 'Ironiya sydby', Ivan Vasilevich', and Kin-dza-dza! (1986).

He was born Yuri Vasilevich Yakovlev on April 25, 1928, in Moscow, Soviet Union. His father, Vasili Vasilevich Yakovlev, was a layer, and his mother, Olga Mikhailovna Ivanova, was a homemaker. Young Yakovlev was fond of acting and theatre. From 1948 - 1952 he studied acting at Shchukin Theatrical School of Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow.

Since 1952 Yuri Yakovlev has been member of the troupe at Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. There his stage partners were such actors as Mikhail Ulyanov, Ruben Simonov, Boris Zakhava, Mikhail Astangov, Varvara Popova, Irina Kupchenko, Natalya Tenyakova, Yuliya Borisova, Lyudmila Maksakova, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Marianna Vertinskaya, Nina Ruslanova, Nikolai Plotnikov, Vasiliy Lanovoy, Vladimir Etush, Vyacheslav Shalevich, Andrei Abrikosov, Grigori Abrikosov, Boris Babochkin, Nikolai Gritsenko, Nikolai Timofeyev, Aleksandr Grave, Yevgeni Karelskikh, Sergey Makovetskiy, and Ruben Simonov, among others. His most memorable stage performances were such roles as Triletsky in 'Play without a title', a play by Anton Chekhov (1968), as Karenin in 'Anna Karenina' (1983) by director Roman Viktyuk, and the title role in 'Kasanova' (1985). Since taking the role as Pantalone in 1963, Yakovlev has been delivering acclaimed performances in the legendary Vakhtangov's production of Carlo Gozzi's comedy 'Princess Turandot'.

He shot to fame with the leading role as Prince Myshkin in _The Idiot (1958)_ by director Ivan Pyryev. During the 1960s - 1980s Yakovlev was among the most popular actors in the Soviet Union. He was best known for such roles as Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha in Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) by director Leonid Gayday, and as Ippolit in Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (1975) by director Eldar Ryazanov.

Yuri Yakovlev was designated People's Actor of the USSR, was awarded the State Prizes of the USSR and Russia. He received the Order of Lenin (1988), the Order of the Red Banne of Labour (1978), and numerous awards and decorations for his works on stage and in film. He is married to Irina Leonidovna Sergeeva, and the couple has two sons and a daughter. Outside of his acting profession Yakovlev is fond of reading classical Russian literature and listening to classical music together with his friends and family.

In 1997 Yakovlev published his book titled 'Albom sudby moyey' (aka.. The album of my destiny). He is living with his family in Moscow, Russia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (3)

Irina Sergeyeva (1970 - 30 November 2013) (his death) (1 child)
Yekaterina Rajkina (1961 - 1964) (divorced) (1 child)
Kira Machulskaya (1952 - 1961) (divorced) (1 child)

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Had 3 children: a daughter Alyona Yakovleva (b.June 2, 1961) with his now ex-1st wife Kira Mashulskaya, a son Aleksei Yakovlev (b.October 17, 1961) with his now ex-2nd wife Yekaterina Rajkina & another son Anton Yakovlev (b.December 22, 1969) with his now widowed 3rd wife Irina Sergeyeva.
Had 4 grandchildren: a granddaughter Mariya Kozakova (b.November 24, 1992, daughter of his daughter Alyona and her ex-husband Kirill Kozakov), 2 grandsons, Andrei Udalov-Mironov (b.1992) & Pyotr Yakovlev (b.1990), which are sons of his son Anton and another granddaughter - Yelizaveta Yakovleva (b.2003, daughter of his son Aleksei).
(November 30, 2013) Died after a long illness at Moscow hospital at the age of 85.
He is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed Soviet film actors in Russia.
He was awarded People's Artist of the USSR in 1976.

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