Famous Russian Film & Theater Personalities

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Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
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Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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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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Pasha Kovalev
(Ballroom and Latin Dancer, Best Known as Participant of 'So You Think You Can Dance')
Pasha Kovalev
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia
Pasha Kovalev is a Russian ballroom and Latin dancer. He soared to fame with the shows So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing. He had earlier moved to the U.S. with his dance partner Anya Garnis. He has also appeared in the Broadway production Burn the Floor.
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Alexander Godunov
(American Ballet Dancer, Actor and Member of the ‘Bolshoi Ballet’)
Alexander Godunov
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Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sakhalin, Russia
Died: May 18, 1995
Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov was part of the Bolshoi Ballet. He defected to the U.S. in 1979, causing significant U.S.-Soviet tension. He had also appeared in many films, such as Anna Karenina and Die Hard. His final days were marked by alcoholism, which also eventually caused his death.
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Danila Kozlovsky
(Actor and Director Known for His Films: 'Soulless', ‘Vampire Academy’ and 'A Good Day to Die Hard')
Danila Kozlovsky
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Birthdate: May 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Danila Kozlovsky is a Russian actor best known for his portrayal of Max Andreev in the 2012 black comedy-drama film Soulless, for which he won the Golden Eagle Award in 2012. Also known for his good looks, Kozlovsky was named Man of the Year by GQ Russia in 2013. He was also regarded as a sex symbol for many years.

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Sasha Luss
(Russian Model and Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Anna Poliatova’ in the Film 'Anna')
Sasha Luss
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Birthdate: June 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Magadan, Russia
Russian model Sasha Luss is known for her association with top-notch brands such as Prada and Louis Vuitton. Although she initially dreamed of being a ballerina, an ankle injury stopped her ballet career short. She has also starred in the titular role in the spy thriller Anna
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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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Kristina Pimenova
(Russian Model)
Kristina Pimenova
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Birthdate: December 27, 2005
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Blue-eyed Russian child model Kristina Pimenova was already a star by age 10, having signed a deal with LA Models and worked for Armani and Benetton. Criticized for her “sexed-up” images on social media, she grew up to experiment with acting in films such as The Russian Bride.

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Maxim Baldry
(Russian-British Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Liam Donovan' in the TV Series 'Hollyoaks')
Maxim Baldry
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Birthdate: January 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Redhill, United Kingdom

Best known for his performances as Viktor Goraya in the series Years and Years and Stepan in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday, Russian-origin English actor Maxim Baldry also played Liam Donovan in the British series Hollyoaks. The London-born actor spent his youth in Moscow and Warsaw, before returning to London.

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Oleg Gordievsky
(Former Colonel of the KGB and Bureau Chief in London)
Oleg Gordievsky
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Birthdate: October 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Former Soviet security agent Oleg Gordievsky’s 11-year stint as a secret agent with the British intelligence service MI6 resulted in him being labeled a traitor and sentenced to death by Russia. The author of KGB: The Inside Story now lives alone, in a high-security zone in a British suburb.
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Kristina Rihanoff
(Ballroom Dancer and Choreographer)
Kristina Rihanoff
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Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia

Kristina Rihanoff is a Russian professional ballroom dancer, author, choreographer, and instructor. She achieved popularity after competing in the popular British television dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Kristina Rihanoff works closely with a children's charity named The Dot Com Foundation, which helps children handle challenging situations.

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Olesya Rulin
(Actress)
Olesya Rulin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Olesya Rulin is a Russian-American actress best known for acting in the High School Musical film franchise. Even though she was interested in the show business from a young age, she began her career as a nurse assistant. She eventually became an actress and found tremendous success with the release of the High School Musical films.

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Svetlana Khodchenkova
(Russian Actress Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Bless the Woman’ and ‘Love in the Big City’)
Svetlana Khodchenkova
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Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Svetlana Khodchenkova is a Russian actress best known for playing Irina in the 2016 film, Viking. She is also known for playing Vera in Bless the Woman, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress at the Nika Award. In 2008, she received the award for Best Actress at the Polish Film Festival for her performance in the movie Little Moscow.

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Eugene Mirman
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series 'Delocated')
Eugene Mirman
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Birthdate: July 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Eugene Mirman is a Russian-American actor, writer, and comedian. He is best known for his portrayal of Yvgeny Mirminsky in the American television series, Delocated. He is also known for his voice role in the animated TV sitcom, Bob's Burgers, in which he voices Gene Belcher. As a comedian, Eugene Mirman has performed in many festivals, including Just for Laughs.

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Tom Conway
(British Actor Best Known for His Portrayals of Private Detectives)
Tom Conway
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Birthdate: September 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 22, 1967

Best known for playing detectives such as The Falcon and Sherlock Holmes, British actor Tom Conway also appeared in 2 Tarzan movies and a few Val Lewton cult horror movies. His performance in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents was appreciated by critics. He also voiced a role in 101 Dalmatians.

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Vladimir Vysotsky
(Best Known for His Unique Singing Style and Lyrics and an Influential Figure in Soviet Culture)
Vladimir Vysotsky
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Birthdate: January 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: July 25, 1980

A Soviet cultural icon, singer Vladimir Vysotsky was known for his social commentary in his songs. In his early years, he quit engineering to study acting. He later ruled the stage as an actor, before stepping into music. He even distributed his recordings after being banned in the country.

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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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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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Oleg Taktarov
(Russian Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Oleg Taktarov
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Birthdate: August 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sarov, Russia

Russian actor and former mixed martial artist Oleg Taktarov is known for winning the UFC 6 tournament. Other accomplishments of Taktarov as an MMA fighter include becoming one of the ten UFC Viewer's Choice Awardees during UFC 45, and winning the 1994 Iron Gladiators Competition. As an actor, Taktarov has performed in hit films like Bad Boys II and Predators.   

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Aliona Vilani
(TV personality)
Aliona Vilani
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Birthdate: May 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazakhstan

Aliona Vilani is a Russian-Kazakh dancer and TV personality best known for appearing as a professional dancer in the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing. She started training in different forms of dance as a child and joined the Kaiser Dance Academy. She later turned professional and appeared in several TV shows. She also performs in stage musicals. 

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Yuliya Snigir
(Russian Model and Actress)
Yuliya Snigir
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Birthdate: June 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Donskoy, Russia
Feodor I of Russia
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Birthdate: May 31, 1557
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: January 1, 1598
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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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Alexander Petrov
(Russian Actor Known for His Films: 'Attraction' and 'Gogol. The Beginning')
Alexander Petrov
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Birthdate: January 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia

Initially a talented football player, Russian actor Alexander Petrov switched to theater after an injury. Known for his roles in films such as Attraction, Invasion, and the Gogol franchise, he also played the lead in the Russian Netflix criminal drama Fartsa. He has also won prestigious awards, such as the Golden Eagle.

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Konstantin Khabensky
(Known for His Portrayal of 'Anton Gorodetsky' in ‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’)
Konstantin Khabensky
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Birthdate: January 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Konstantin Yurievich Khabensky, PAR, counted among the most acclaimed actors in Russia, gained international attention playing protagonist, Anton Gorodetsky in the film Night Watch and its sequel Day Watch. As a theatre actor Khabensky remained part of Saint Petersburg Lensoviet Theatre and is presently associated with Moscow Art Theatre. The Russian war-drama film Sobibor marked the directorial debut of Khabensky.

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Viktor Bout
(Arms dealer known for Convictions for criminal intent to traffic arms and conspiracy to kill)
Viktor Bout
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Birthdate: January 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Joseph Alliluyev
(Former cardiologist and a grandson of Joseph Stalin)
Joseph Alliluyev
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Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 2, 2008

Joseph Alliluyev was a Russian cardiologist best remembered as the grandson of Joseph Stalin. Although he maintained a low profile, Alliluyev appeared in a TV interview where he discussed his relationship with his maternal grandfather. In the 1992 TV film Stalin, which was directed by Ivan Passer, Joseph Alliluyev is showcased briefly as a six-year-old.

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Yuri Kolokolnikov
(Russian Actor Best Known for His Role of 'Styr' in the Fantasy TV Series 'Game of Thrones')
Yuri Kolokolnikov
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Birthdate: December 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Best known for his role of Styr in the iconic fantasy series Game of Thrones, Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov also played Gennadi Bystrov in the spy series The Americans. While he initially aspired to become an actor in Hollywood, he returned to Moscow after he failed to make a breakthrough in the US.

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Aleksei Serebryakov
(One of the Highest Paid Actors of Russia)
Aleksei Serebryakov
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Birthdate: July 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Popular Russian actor Aleksei Serebryakov made his acting debut at age 13. His performance in Accidental Waltz won him a Locarno Film Festival award, while the drama Leviathan won him an IFFI award. He later moved to Canada, stating he was unhappy with the political situation in Russia.

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Vladimir Mashkov
(Actor Known For His Roles in ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ and ‘Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol’)
Vladimir Mashkov
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Birthdate: November 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tula, Russia

Soviet and Russian stage and film actor, director, writer and producer Vladimir Mashkov gained-attention of Western audiences performing in the blockbuster-hit American films Behind Enemy Lines and Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol. He directed and starred in the Russian drama film Daddy that entered into the 26th Moscow International Film Festival. Mashkov publicly supports Vladimir Putin and Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Natalie Glebova
(Russian-Canadian Beauty Queen, Model, Television Host, Dancer, and Author)
Natalie Glebova
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Birthdate: November 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tuapse, Russia
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Olga Fonda
(Russian-American Model and Actress)
Olga Fonda
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Birthdate: October 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ukhta, Russia
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Vladimir Pozner Jr.
(Journalist, TV Personality)
Vladimir Pozner Jr.
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Birthdate: April 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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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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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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Yulia Peresild
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Birthdate: September 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
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Irina Baeva
(Russian Actress and Model)
Irina Baeva
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Birthdate: October 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Oxana Fedorova
(Russian Actress, TV Presenter, Singer, Model, Fashion Designer, Beauty Queen, and Former Police Officer)
Oxana Fedorova
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Birthdate: December 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
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Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
(Lithuanian Actress Who Appears Predominantly in Russian Films)
Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
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Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is а Lithuanian actress who appears predominantly in Russian films. She achieved popularity in 1994, when she won the Nika Award for Best Actress. Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is аlso a recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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Anna Polina
(Adult Film Star)
Anna Polina
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Birthdate: September 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Akim Tamiroff
(Academy Award Nominated Actor Known for His Films: 'The General Died at Dawn', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls')
Akim Tamiroff
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Birthdate: October 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiflis or Baku, Russian Empire
Died: September 17, 1972

Armenian-origin American film and TV actor Akim Tamiroff is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performances in The General Died at Dawn and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Considered the first big Armenian-American star, he also appeared in several series, such as Naked City and Tales of the Vikings.

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Pati Behrs
(Ballet dancer)
Pati Behrs
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Birthdate: February 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Turkey
Died: July 4, 2004

Pati Behrs was a Russian-American actress and prima ballerina. In addition to being a celebrity, Pati Behrs was also an animal rights advocate who worked closely with the California-based non-profit corporation, Actors and Others for Animals. She presented Actors and Others with her famous baby grand piano, which was later sold to help animals in need.

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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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Pasha D. Lychnikoff
(Russian-American Actor)
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
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Birthdate: February 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian actor Pasha D. Lychnikoff started his career in the Moscow stage circuit before moving to the US. Apart from appearing in series such as NYPD Blue and The Big Bang Theory, and movies such as Chernobyl Diaries, he also played lead roles in HBO’s Deadwood and in the Russian series Fizruk.

Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia
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Birthdate: February 28, 1690
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: July 7, 1718
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Maxim Galkin
(Comedian, Television presenter)
Maxim Galkin
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Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naro-Fominsky District, Russia
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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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Sergey Lazarev
(Russian Singer, Actor, and Dancer)
Sergey Lazarev
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Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow

Sergey Lazarev is a Russian singer, actor, and dancer. He is best known for his contribution to the success of the pop duo, Smash. Lazarev has represented Russia twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing third on both occasions. As an actor, Sergey Lazarev is involved in the Russian theatre scene.