Famous Russian Directors

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Andrei Tarkovsky
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Filmmakers in Soviet and World Cinema)
Andrei Tarkovsky
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Birthdate: April 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zavrazh'ye, Russia
Died: December 29, 1986

Andrei Tarkovsky was a Soviet and Russian writer, theatre director, filmmaker, and film theorist. Renowned for making movies that explored metaphysical and spiritual themes, Tarkovsky is often regarded as one of the most influential and greatest directors in the history of world cinema. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Andrei Tarkovsky's work continues to influence several filmmakers around the world.

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Sergei Eisenstein
(Russian Film Director Best Known for His Film 'Battleship Potemkin')
Sergei Eisenstein
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Birthdate: January 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: February 11, 1948
Known for his use of the montage as a leading element in his films, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein of Battleship Potemkin and Ivan the Terrible fame was also fond of close-up shots. He often used an ensemble of amateur actors and also included haiku-inspired elements in his work.
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Yul Brynner
(Russian-Born Actor Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘The King and I’)
Yul Brynner
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Birthdate: July 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia
Died: October 10, 1985

Regarded as one of the first American movie stars, Yul Brynner became known for his performance as King Mongkut in the musical The King and I. He became identified with the role, so much so that he continued shaving his head after having shaved it for the role. A statue of Brynner was unveiled at Yul Brynner Park in 2012.

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Konstantin Stanislavski
(Co-founder of ‘Moscow Art Theatre’ and Developer of Stanislavski's System of Acting)
Konstantin Stanislavski
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Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 7, 1938

Legendary Soviet and Russian theatre-practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, who played an instrumental role in promoting new Russian drama of his time, is best-known for co-founding the world-renowned Moscow Art Theatre and developing the Stanislavski's system of training and preparing actors. Sergeyevich was considered one of the prominent theatre directors of his day and also earned repute as a remarkable character actor.

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Alla Nazimova
(Actress, Director, Producer Best Known for Her Film ‘Salome’)
Alla Nazimova
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Birthdate: June 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yalta, Crimea, Russian Empire
Died: July 13, 1945

Alla Nazimova was a Russian-American actress who had an extensive career on Broadway. She acted in the classic plays of playwrights like Ibsen, Chekhov, and Turgenev. She eventually moved on to films and had an equally successful stint in cinema as well. She was openly bisexual and had sexual relationships with women while being married to a man.

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Timur Bekmambetov
(Russian-Kazakh Screenwriter, Film Producer and Director)
Timur Bekmambetov
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Birthdate: June 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atyrau, Kazakhstan

Timur Bekmambetov is a Russian-Kazakh screenwriter, film producer, director, and tech entrepreneur. He is best known for directing films like Night Watch and Wanted. He is also credited with pioneering Screenlife filmmaking. Timur Bekmambetov is also known for founding a production company called Baselevs.

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Markus Dupree
(Russian Porn Actor and Director)
Markus Dupree
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Birthdate: May 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Markus Dupree is a Russian porn actor and director. The recipient of the prestigious AVN Award for Male Performer of the Year, Dupree is considered an influential figure in the porn industry. He has received more than three dozen industry award nominations so far.

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Nikita Mikhalkov
(Soviet-Russian Award Winning Filmmaker)
Nikita Mikhalkov
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Birthdate: October 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

The son of Communist author Sergey Mikhalkov, Nikita Mikhalkov is best known for his Academy Award-winning direction in the movie Burnt by the Sun. He has also been a versatile actor and has been involved in Russian politics, too. He is also a 3-time winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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Andrei Konchalovsky
(Russian Filmmaker)
Andrei Konchalovsky
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Birthdate: August 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Andrei Konchalovsky is a Russian filmmaker. Renowned for his versatility, Konchalovsky has worked on telefilms, motion pictures, stage productions, and documentaries. Over the years, Andrei Konchalovsky's films have won numerous prestigious awards, such as Golden Eagle Awards and Nika Awards. 

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Dziga Vertov
(Soviet Documentary Filmmaker and Cinema Theorist)
Dziga Vertov
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Birthdate: January 2, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Białystok
Died: February 12, 1954

Dziga Vertov was a Soviet documentary filmmaker and cinema theorist. His theories and filming practices had a significant impact on the cinéma vérité style of documentary filmmaking. Dziga Vertov's independent and exploratory style of filmmaking inspired and influenced numerous filmmakers including Guy Debord.

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Sergei Bondarchuk
(Soviet Actor, Film Director and One of the Leading Personalities of Russian Cinema from the 1950s to 1970s)
Sergei Bondarchuk
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Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belozerka, Ukraine
Died: October 20, 1994

Sergei Bondarchuk was a Soviet and Russian actor, screenwriter, and film director. One of the leading personalities of Russian cinema during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Bondarchuk is best remembered for his period dramas, including War and Peace and Waterloo. Sergei Bondarchuk's work earned him numerous international accolades, including the Golden Globe Award.

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Michael Lucas
(Adult Film Star, Director)
Michael Lucas
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Birthdate: March 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Michael Lucas is a Russian-Israeli-American film director, businessman, journalist, and gay pornographic film actor. He is credited with founding Manhattan's largest gay-adult-film company Lucas Entertainment where he also serves as the CEO. Lucas has also contributed as a columnist for publications like HuffPost and The Advocate. Michael Lucas was made an inductee of the GayVN Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Vsevolod Meyerhold
(Russian and Soviet Theatre Director, Actor and Theatrical Producer)
Vsevolod Meyerhold
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Birthdate: February 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: February 2, 1940

Initially part of the Moscow Art Theatre, Russian director-actor Vsevolod Meyerhold is remembered for pioneering avant-garde theories of symbolism in theater. He also paved the path for biomechanics in Russian theater and created masterpieces such as The Magnificent Cuckold. He was executed, and his wife was murdered, during the Great Purge.

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Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Film director)
Andrey Zvyagintsev
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Birthdate: February 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia
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Lewis Milestone
(Director)
Lewis Milestone
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Birthdate: September 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chişinău
Died: September 25, 1980
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Olga Dihovichnaya
(Belarusian-born Russian Actress, Director, and Producer)
Olga Dihovichnaya
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Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR (now Belarus)

Olga Dihovichnaya is a Belarusian-born Russian actress, director, and producer. After starting her career as a TV host, Dihovichnaya went on to establish herself as a successful actress and director. Olga Dihovichnaya is also credited with directing many documentaries.

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Vera Glagoleva
(Russian Actress Best Remembered for Playing Important Roles in Romantic Comedies and Melodramas)
Vera Glagoleva
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Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 16, 2017

Vera Glagoleva was a Russian and Soviet film director and actress. She is best remembered for playing important roles in romantic comedies and melodramas. Some of her best known films include To Marry a Captain, Do Not Shoot at White Swans, and Poor Sasha. In 2011, Vera Glagoleva was honored with the People's Artist of Russia award.

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Sergei Bodrov
(Film director, screenwriter, and producer)
Sergei Bodrov
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Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia
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Anatole Litvak
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Anatole Litvak
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Birthdate: May 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiev, Russian Empire
Died: December 15, 1974

Anatole Litvak was a Russian-born American filmmaker. He was notable for bringing previously little-known actors to the spotlight and enabling them to win Academy Awards. French actors Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux and Swedish star Ingrid Bergman are among the ones he helped become internationally famous. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Blvd. 

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Alexander Nevzorov
(Journalist)
Alexander Nevzorov
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Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Alexander Sokurov
(Film director, Screenwriter, Writer)
Alexander Sokurov
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Birthdate: June 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Irkutsk Oblast
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Aleksei Balabanov
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Birthdate: February 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Died: May 18, 2013
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Fyodor Bondarchuk
(Russian Actor, Director, Producer, and TV Host)
Fyodor Bondarchuk
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Birthdate: May 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Fyodor Bondarchuk is a Russian film actor, director, and producer. He is also known as a TV producer and host. Bondarchuk specializes in making science fiction, war, and action films. Over the years, he has won many awards, including Golden Eagle Awards and Nika Award. Fyodor Bondarchuk is credited with founding the popular filmmaking company, Art Pictures Studio.

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Grigori Dobrygin
(Russian Actor and Director Known for His Films: 'Black Lightning' and 'How I Ended This Summer')
Grigori Dobrygin
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Birthdate: February 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilyuchinsk, Russia

Grigori Dobrygin is a Russian actor, director, and producer. He is best known for playing Russia's first superhero, Dimitri Maykov, in the 2009 film Black Lightning. A versatile actor and a classically trained ballet dancer, Grigoriy Dobrygin is considered one of the finest of his generation. He has won several awards, including the prestigious Silver Bear for Best Actor Award.

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Alexander Kaidanovsky
(Russian-Soviet Actor and Director Known for His Films: 'Stalker', 'The Bodyguard' and 'At Home Among Strangers')
Alexander Kaidanovsky
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Birthdate: July 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died: December 3, 1995

Russian actor and director Alexander Kaidanovsky initially trained to be a welder but switched to acting later. Known for his roles in Soviet films such as At Home Among Strangers and Stalker, he also directed the drama A Simple Death, which was featured at the Cannes. His career was eventually ruined by alcoholism.

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Eldar Ryazanov
(Film Director, Screenwriter)
Eldar Ryazanov
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Birthdate: November 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Died: November 30, 2015
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Andrei Mironov
(Soviet and Russian Actor and Singer)
Andrei Mironov
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Birthdate: March 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 16, 1987

Andrei Mironov was a Soviet and Russian actor and singer best remembered for his portrayal of lead roles in films like Beware of the Car, The Diamond Arm, and Twelve Chairs which are counted among the most popular Soviet films of all time. A popular figure, Andrei Mironov was honored with the People's Artist of the RSFSR title in 1980.

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Oleg Menshikov
(Russian Actor Best Known for His Roles in Nikita Mikhalkov's Films)
Oleg Menshikov
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Birthdate: November 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Serpukhov, Russia

Oleg Menshikov is a Russian actor, occasional singer, and theatre director. He is currently associated with the Yermolova Theatre where he is the artistic director. Menshikov is best known for playing important roles in Nikita Mikhalkov's films like The Barber of Siberia and the Burnt by the Sun movie series. Oleg Menshikov is the recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award.

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Larisa Shepitko
(Soviet Actress, Screenwriter, and Film Director)
Larisa Shepitko
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Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bakhmut, Ukraine
Died: July 2, 1979
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Vladimir Menshov
(Russian Film Director and Actor Best Known for His Portrayal of the Working Class in His Films)
Vladimir Menshov
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Birthdate: September 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Vladimir Menshov was a Soviet and Russian film director and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the working class in his films. Menshov is also remembered for directing the 1979 film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, which received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Vladimir Menshov won several awards, including the Golden Eagle Award.

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Renata Litvinova
(Actress, Director)
Renata Litvinova
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Birthdate: January 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Lev Kuleshov
(Filmmaker)
Lev Kuleshov
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Birthdate: January 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: March 29, 1970
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Leonid Gaidai
(Film director)
Leonid Gaidai
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Birthdate: January 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Svobodny, Russia
Died: November 19, 1993
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Vsevolod Pudovkin
(Russian and Soviet Actor, Film Director, and Screenwriter)
Vsevolod Pudovkin
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Birthdate: February 28, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: June 30, 1953

Vsevolod Pudovkin was a Russian and Soviet actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is credited with playing an important role in the development of the Soviet montage theory, the most important contribution of Soviet film theorists to world cinema. The theory of montage is an approach to making films that depends heavily on editing.   

Alexei Guerman
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Birthdate: July 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: February 21, 2013
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Alexander Burdonsky
(Former theater and film director)
Alexander Burdonsky
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Birthdate: October 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Died: May 23, 2017
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Oleg Tabakov
(Russian Actor Who Worked in Both Theatre and Films)
Oleg Tabakov
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Birthdate: August 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: March 12, 2018

Oleg Tabakov was a Soviet and Russian actor who had a prolific career in both theatre and films. He is credited with founding the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow. An influential and popular figure, Tabakov was honored with many prestigious awards such as the Golden Mask Award and USSR State Prize. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1988.

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Aleksandr Dovzhenko
(Screenwriter)
Aleksandr Dovzhenko
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Birthdate: September 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sosnytsia, Ukraine
Died: November 25, 1956
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Oleg Vidov
(Film Director, Producer, and Actor)
Oleg Vidov
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Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vidnoye, Russia
Died: May 15, 2017

Oleg Vidov was a Soviet Russian American film director, producer, and actor. Apart from his film work, Vidov is also known as the co-founder of a drug and alcohol treatment program called Malibu Beach Recovery Center, which has been featured on TV shows like Intervention.

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Yuriy Norshteyn
(Soviet and Russian Animator and Filmmaker Who is Considered as the Best Animator of All Time)
Yuriy Norshteyn
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Birthdate: September 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Penza, Russia

Yuriy Norshteyn is a Soviet and Russian animator and filmmaker best known for his short animated films like Tale of Tales, which is widely regarded as the greatest animated film of all time. Yuri Norstein is considered by many as the best animator of all time. He has received many prestigious awards, such as the People's Artist of Russia title.

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Yevgeny Tsyganov
(Russian Actor, Screenwriter and Director)
Yevgeny Tsyganov
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Birthdate: March 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Yevgeny Tsyganov is a Russian actor, screenwriter, director, and composer. He is best known for his performance in films like The Stroll, Mermaid, and Battle for Sevastopol. Yevgeny Tsyganov is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Golden Eagle Award.

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Vasily Shukshin
(Soviet-Russian Actor, Writer, Film Director, and Screenwriter)
Vasily Shukshin
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Birthdate: July 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Srostki, Russia
Died: October 2, 1974

Vasily Shukshin was a Soviet-Russian actor, writer, film director, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for his work encompassing rural themes. An important member of the Village Prose movement, Vasily Shukshin worked as a metal craftsman, served the Navy as a sailor, worked as a radio operator, and then as a teacher and principal, prior to his film career.

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Konstantin Ernst
(Producer, Writer)
Konstantin Ernst
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Birthdate: February 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Levan Gabriadze
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His Horror Film 'Unfriended')
Levan Gabriadze
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Birthdate: November 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia

The son of actor-director Revaz Gabriadze, Georgian-Russian actor and filmmaker Levan Gabriadze is best known to audiences for directing the supernatural horror film Unfriended. He has also acted in films such as Kin-dza-dza! and directed the animated film Rezo, which was based on his father’s memories.

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Theodore Komisarjevsky
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Birthdate: May 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 17, 1954
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Aleksandr Petrov
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Birthdate: July 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pervomaysky District, Russia
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Rolan Bykov
(Soviet-Russian Actor and Director)
Rolan Bykov
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Birthdate: October 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: October 6, 1998

Rolan Bykov was a Soviet and Russian actor, screenwriter, theatre and film director, poet, songwriter, educator, banker, and politician. Before focusing on his film career, Bykov led the Lenin Komsomol Theatre. As a film director, Rolan Bykov achieved fame for his experimental family and children's movies. He was a recipient of many awards, including the State Prize of the USSR.

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Arkady Raikin
(Soviet Humorist, Stand-up Comedian and Director)
Arkady Raikin
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Birthdate: October 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 17, 1987

Soviet stand-up comedian, actor, and director Arkady Raikin remains one of the most revered Soviet humorists of the 20th century. Starting his career with state theaters and variety shows, he later established his own theater in Leningrad. He also founded the Satyricon Theater in Moscow and was made a Hero of Socialist Labor.

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Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko
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Birthdate: December 23, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ozurgety, Georgia
Died: April 25, 1943
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Sergei Puskepalis
(Russian Actor Best Known For His Role in the Movie 'How I Ended This Summer')
Sergei Puskepalis
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Birthdate: April 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kursk, Russia

Sergei Puskepalis is a Russian actor best known for his roles in the critically acclaimed, Alexei Popogrebski-directed films, Simple Things and How I Ended This Summer. Sergei Puskepalis is a recipient of a Nika Award and a Silver Bear Award for Best Actor.