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
Nationality: American, Russian
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 Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Photographer, Blogger, Lawyer, Actor, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian
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 3 Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: April 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
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.

 4 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
Nationality: French, Russian

 5 Margarita Levieva

Margarita Levieva
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American, Russian

Margarita Levieva is a Russian-American actress known for playing important roles in TV series like Vanished, How to Make It in America, Revenge, Allegiance, and The Deuce. Apart from being an actress, Levieva is also a dancer. She has also been training as a rhythmic gymnast since the age of three.

 6 George Sanders

George Sanders
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Spanish, Russian
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.

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 7 Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: January 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
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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 8 Nikolai Valuev

Nikolai Valuev
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Famous As: Boxer, Actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
The Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev has been the WBA heavyweight champion twice, and at 149 kg and 7 ft., is the heaviest and tallest champion ever. Severe health issues caused him to retire from boxing, following which he appeared in films such as Stonehead and became a State Duma member.

 9 Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Politician, Nurse
Birthdate: November 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: July 17, 1918

 10 Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Politician, Nurse
Birthdate: June 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: July 17, 1918

 11 Anne Vyalitsyna

Anne Vyalitsyna
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American, Russian

Anne Vyalitsyna is a Russian-American model renowned for her consecutive appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2005 to 2014. Apart from appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vyalitsyna has also appeared on the covers of popular magazines, such as Glamour, Elle, and Vogue. She has also walked the runway for brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada.

 12 Danila Kozlovsky

Danila Kozlovsky
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian

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.

 13 Konstantin Stanislavski

Konstantin Stanislavski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: August 7, 1938

 14 Viktor Bout

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

 15 Olesya Rulin

Olesya Rulin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American, Russian

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.

 16 Gala Dalí

Gala Dalí
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian
Died: June 10, 1982

 17 George Balanchine

George Balanchine
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American, Russian
Died: April 30, 1983

 18 Viktor Tsoi

Viktor Tsoi
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Famous As: Poet, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: August 15, 1990

 19 Svetlana Khodchenkova

Svetlana Khodchenkova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian

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.

 20 Alla Nazimova

Alla Nazimova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American, Russian
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.

 21 Vladimir Vysotsky

Vladimir Vysotsky
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: July 25, 1980

 22 Grigory Zinoviev

Grigory Zinoviev
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Famous As: Bolshevik Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian
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.

 23 Oleg Taktarov

Oleg Taktarov
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Famous As: Actor, Judoka
Birthdate: August 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

 24 Feodor I of Russia

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

 25 Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Ukrainian, American, Russian
Died: February 9, 1966

 26 Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: May 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian
Died: February 17, 1905

 27 Sergey Lazarev

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

 28 Oxana Fedorova

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

 29 Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia

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

 30 Joseph Alliluyev

Joseph Alliluyev
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: November 2, 2008

 31 Galina Jovovich

Galina Jovovich
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian

 32 Yuri Kolokolnikov

Yuri Kolokolnikov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Russian

 33 Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia

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

 34 Yuliya Snigir

Yuliya Snigir
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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian

 35 Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Mikhalkov
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: October 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Russian

 36 Oksana Akinshina

Oksana Akinshina
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian

 37 Vasili IV of Russia

Vasili IV of Russia
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: September 22, 1552
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian
Died: September 12, 1612

 38 Konstantin Khabensky

Konstantin Khabensky
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 39 Dziga Vertov

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

 40 Lev Gorn

Lev Gorn
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Famous As: actor, stage actor, television actor
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Nationality: American, Russian

 41 Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya
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Famous As: Ballet dancer, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Prima ballerina assoluta
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish, Russian
Died: May 2, 2015

 42 Yevgeny Dzhugashvili

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 22, 2016

 43 Vladimir Mashkov

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

 44 Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian
Died: April 1, 2017

 45 Alexey Vorobyov

Alexey Vorobyov
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: January 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 46 Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Anna Pavlovna of Russia
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Famous As: Queen consort
Birthdate: January 18, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: March 1, 1865

 47 Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia

Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Russian
Died: January 30, 1919

 48 Vsevolod Meyerhold

Vsevolod Meyerhold
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Famous As: Theatre Director
Birthdate: February 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: February 2, 1940

 49 Irina Voronina

Irina Voronina
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Famous As: Russian model
Birthdate: December 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Russian

 50 Sergei Bondarchuk

Sergei Bondarchuk
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ukrainian, Russian
Died: October 20, 1994