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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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Valentino Rudolph Valentino
Don Quixote Basilio


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 1992 Coup de foudre (TV Series)
- Masques de lune (1992)
 1983 Exposed
Daniel Jelline
 1982 Romeo e Giulietta (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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He performed in the London Festival Ballet production of the ballet, "The Sleeping Beauty," at the London Coliseum in London, England with Vivien Loeber, Patricia Ruanne, Tom Van Cauwenbergh, Michael Pink, Valerie Aitken, Linda Darrell, Kathleen Munson, and Freya Dominic in the cast. See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Rudolf Noureev | Rudolf Nurejew


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Personal Quote:

I really have to dance more often, and so I travel around. If I don't, I will crumble. See more »


Was actually a closeted homosexual at a time when it was considered immoral and even illegal. His repression of his true nature forced him to keep his relationships shrouded in secrecy and made him a very hostile and angry man. He remained closeted all the way to his death. See more »


His partnership with Margot Fonteyn See more »



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