Nikolay Cherkasov (1903–1966)

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The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and acrobatics. He studied at the St. Petersburg (... See full bio »

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Alexander Nevsky Aleksandr Nevsky
Baltic Deputy Professor Dmitri Illarionovich Polezhayev
Mussorgsky Stasov, the critic


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 1988 Ivan the Terrible, Part III (Short)
Czar Ivan IV (uncredited)
 1965 Nights of Farewell
 1963 Vsyo ostayotsya lyudyam
akademik Fyodor Dronov
 1958 Ivan the Terrible, Part II
Czar Ivan IV
 1957 Don Kikhot
Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quixano (as N. Cherkasov)
 1955 They Knew Mayakovsky
 1953 Rimskiy-Korsakov
Stasov (as N. Cherkasov)
 1950 Mussorgsky
Stasov, the critic
 1949 The Victors and the Vanquished
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 1949 Schastlivogo plavaniya
kapitan Levashov (as N. Cherkasov)
 1949 Stalingradskaya bitva I
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
 1949 Aleksandr Popov
Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov
 1949 Ivan Pavlov
Maxim Gorky
 1947 Pirogov
Lyadov (as N. Cherkasov)
 1947 Novyy dom
Academician Kostousov (as N. Cherkasov)
 1947 Spring
Arkadi Mikhailovich Gromov
 1947 In the Name of Life
Lukich, the attendant
 1944 Ivan the Terrible, Part I
Czar Ivan IV
 1942 Yego zovut Sukhe-Bator
Baron Ungern
 1942 Fortress on the Volga
Peasant (uncredited)
 1940 Concert on the Screen
Concert MC
 1939 Lenin in 1918
Maksim Gorky
 1939 Friends
Beta, an Ossetian
 1938 Conquest of Peter the Great
Prince Alexei
 1938 Alexander Nevsky
Aleksandr Nevsky (as N. Cherkasov)
 1938 Ostrov sokrovishch
Billy Bones (as N. Cherkasov)
 1937 Ski Battalion
 1937 Peter the First
Prince Alexei
 1937 Baltic Deputy
Professor Dmitri Illarionovich Polezhayev
 1936 Capt. Grant's Family
Jacques Paganel
 1936 Three Women
 1935 Granitsa
 1935 Zhenitba Zhana Knukke
Captain Hans Pfal
 1935 Red Army Days
Kolka Loshak
 1935 Happiness
 1934 Kto tvoy drug
 1932 Shame
 1929 Rodnoy brat
 1929 Luna sleva
 1928 Moy syn
 1928 Seeds of Freedom
Tall Clown
 1927 Poet i tsar
Charles, the barber
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Other Works:

Book: "Zapiski sovetskogo aktera" ("Notes of a Soviet Actor"), Moscow 1951.

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Alternate Names:

N. Cherkasov | Nikolai Tscherkassow


6' 6" (1.98 m)

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He was Luchino Visconti's choice for the lead role in "The Leopard" (1963). The producers were concerned about his age and health, and had wanted to cast a name American actor. Also, Cherkasov reportedly turned down the role. The role was eventually filled by American actor Burt Lancaster.

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