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Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993)

He was an ethnic Tatar. He was educated at the Leningrad Ballet School and starred with Kirov Ballet. His first film was a USSR short Le Corsaire (1958). While performing in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West. He then performed internationally, becoming an Austrian citizen in 1982. The English/French documentary I Am a Dancer (1972), directed by... See full bio »


(age 54) in Paris, France

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 1992 Coup de foudre (TV Series)
- Masques de lune (1992)
 1986 Commedia dell'arte (TV Movie) (segment: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme)
 1983 Exposed
Daniel Jelline
 1982 Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie)
 1977 Valentino
Rudolph Valentino
 1973 Don Quixote
 1972 The Special London Bridge Special (TV Movie)
Ballet Dancer
 1970 Nijinsky: Unfinished Project
Vaclav Nijinsky
 1970 BP Super Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 1 August 1970 (1970) ... Basilio
 1968 The Nutcracker (TV Movie)
Drosselmeyer / The Prince
 1967 Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (Short)
 1966 Schwanensee
Prince Siegfried
 1966 Romeo and Juliet
 1961 Große Tänzer (TV Mini-Series short)
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Other Works:

He performed in the ballet, "Les Sylphides," "Enigma Variations," and "Raymonda Act III," in a Royal Ballet production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Jennifer Penney, Anthony Dowell, Lesley Collier, Derek Rencher, Monica Mason, Alexander Grant, Desmond Kelly, Desmond Doyle, Ann Jenner, Wayne ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 4 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rudolf Noureev | Rudolf Nureev | Rudolf Nurejew | Rudolf Nuriev


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on why he didn't want children:] "What if they were not as good as me? What would I do with those imbeciles?" See more »


His inspiration to dance and perform ballet occurred when he went with his mother and sisters performance of "Song of the Cranes". See more »


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