Famous Russian Film & Theater Personalities

Find out more about the greatest Russian Film & Theater Personalities, including Yul Brynner, Gérard Depardieu, Andrei Tarkovsky, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Natasha Demkina.

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 1 Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 2 Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky
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Famous As: Director
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.

 3 Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: January 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: 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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 4 George Sanders

George Sanders
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 25, 1972

George Sanders was a British actor, music composer, singer-songwriter, and author. Characterized by his smooth bass voice and heavy English accent, Sanders often portrayed sophisticated but villainous roles. For his contribution to the film and TV industry, George Sanders was honored with a couple of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 5 Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Film director, Film producer, Television producer, Businessperson
Birthdate: December 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Châteauroux

Gérard Depardieu is a French actor who achieved international recognition after playing Jean Cadoret in the 1986 period drama film Jean de Florette. One of the most prominent and critically acclaimed actors, Depardieu has won two Cesar Awards from 17 nominations so far. He has also won other prestigious awards like Golden Globe Awards and London Critics Circle Film Awards.

 6 Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: March 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Died: January 6, 1993

Born into a Tatar Muslim family, Rudolf Nureyev grew up to gain fans both for his exceptional ballet skills and for his sharp cheek bones. One of the greatest male ballet dancers ever, he gained fame performing with stars such as Margot Fonteynhe. A closeted homosexual, he died of AIDS.

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 7 Artem Chigvintsev

Artem Chigvintsev
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Famous As: Latin Dancer
Birthdate: June 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia
Dancer Artem Chigvintsev won the eighth season of Strictly Come Dancing, in 2010, with partner Kara Tointon, becoming one of four people to win the show as a first-timer. He has previously been part of the live dance show Burn the Floor and has performed at Broadway and West End.
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 8 Pasha Kovalev

Pasha Kovalev
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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer
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.

 9 Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Photographer, Blogger, Lawyer, Actor, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, has also been the prime minister and president of Russia. Born to teacher parents, he was an intelligent child and began studying his father’s encyclopedia in third grade. He is known for his support of the nuclear disarmament treaty.

 10 Alexander Godunov

Alexander Godunov
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
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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 11 Danila Kozlovsky

Danila Kozlovsky
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Famous As: Actor, Director
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.

 12 Sasha Luss

Sasha Luss
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Famous As: Model
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

 13 Konstantin Stanislavski

Konstantin Stanislavski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 7, 1938

 14 Svetlana Khodchenkova

Svetlana Khodchenkova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

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.

 15 Olga Khokhlova

Olga Khokhlova
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: June 17, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nizhyn, Ukraine
Died: February 11, 1955

Olga Khokhlova was a Ukrainian ballet dancer. She also served as one of Pablo Picasso's early artistic muses before marrying him in 1918. Olga met Picasso at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris where the latter had designed the set and costumes for a ballet titled Parade, in which Olga performed. She left her ballet group after meeting Pablo Picasso.

 16 Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout
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Famous As: Esperantist, Arms trafficker
Birthdate: January 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dushanbe

 17 George Balanchine

George Balanchine
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 30, 1983
George Balanchine was a Georgian-American ballet choreographer. One of the most prominent choreographers of the 20th century, Balanchine won several prestigious awards like the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983. Referred to as the father of American ballet, Balanchine is credited with co-founding the New York City Ballet. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1988.

 18 Olesya Rulin

Olesya Rulin
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 19 Vladimir Vysotsky

Vladimir Vysotsky
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 20 Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

 21 Gala Dalí

Gala Dalí
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kazan, Russian Empire [now Tatarstan, Russia]
Died: June 10, 1982

 22 Oleg Taktarov

Oleg Taktarov
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Famous As: Actor, Judoka
Birthdate: August 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sarov

 23 Yuliya Snigir

Yuliya Snigir
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Donskoy, Russia

 24 Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia

Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia
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Famous As: composer
Birthdate: March 28, 1554
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: November 19, 1582

 25 Anna Polina

Anna Polina
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Famous As: Adult Film Star
Birthdate: September 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 26 Alexander Petrov

Alexander Petrov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia

 27 Grigory Zinoviev

Grigory Zinoviev
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Famous As: Bolshevik Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
Died: August 25, 1936

Born to dairy farmers in Russia, Grigory Zinoviev was homeschooled and had started working at 14. An Old Bolshevik, he joined Russian revolutionary activities and became a close aide of Vladimir Lenin. Joseph Stalin later got him ousted from the party thrice. Zinoviev was eventually arrested and executed.

 28 Alla Nazimova

Alla Nazimova
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 29 Yuri Kolokolnikov

Yuri Kolokolnikov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 30 Konstantin Khabensky

Konstantin Khabensky
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 31 Markus Dupree

Markus Dupree
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 32 Aleksei Yevgenyevich Kravchenko

Aleksei Yevgenyevich Kravchenko
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 33 Feodor I of Russia

Feodor I of Russia
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Birthdate: May 31, 1557
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: January 1, 1598

 34 Vera Glagoleva

Vera Glagoleva
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Famous As: Actress, Film director
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 16, 2017

 35 Yulia Peresild

Yulia Peresild
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia

 36 Sergey Lazarev

Sergey Lazarev
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Famous As: Actor, Opera singer, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow

 37 Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966

 38 Vladimir Mashkov

Vladimir Mashkov
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Famous As: Actor, Film director
Birthdate: November 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tula

 39 Olga Fonda

Olga Fonda
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ukhta, Russia

 40 Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Mikhalkov
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: October 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 41 Joseph Alliluyev

Joseph Alliluyev
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow
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.

 42 Aleksei Serebryakov

Aleksei Serebryakov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 43 Andrei Konchalovsky

Andrei Konchalovsky
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 44 Oxana Fedorova

Oxana Fedorova
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Famous As: Russian television presenter
Birthdate: December 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pskov

 45 Irina Baeva

Irina Baeva
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 46 Polina Gagarina

Polina Gagarina
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 47 Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva

Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva
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Birthdate: March 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kronstadt

 48 Galina Jovovich

Galina Jovovich
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tuapse

 49 Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia

Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia
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Birthdate: February 28, 1690
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: July 7, 1718

 50 Dziga Vertov

Dziga Vertov
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 2, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Białystok
Died: February 12, 1954