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Oleg Tabakov : biography

17 August 1935 -

Oleg Pavlovich Tabakov () (born 17 August 1935) is a Soviet and Russian actor and the artistic director of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Honours and awards

  • USSR State Prize (1967)
  • State Prize of the Russian Federation (1997)
  • Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
    • 1st class (17 August 2010) - for outstanding contributions to the development of domestic theatrical art and many years of creative activity
    • 2nd class (17 August 2005) - for outstanding contribution to the development of theatrical art, and many years of creative activity
    • 3rd class (23 October 1998) - for many years of fruitful work in the field of theatrical art, and in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Moscow Art Theatre
  • Order of Friendship of Peoples (10 November 1993) - for his great personal contribution to the development of theatrical art, and training qualified personnel for theatre and film
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1982)
  • Order of the Badge of Honour (1967)
  • People's Artist of the RSFSR (1977)
  • People's Artist of the USSR (1988)
  • Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts (8 October 2008)
  • Golden Mask Award (1995)
  • Seagull Theatre Prize
  • Crystal Turandot award
  • Presidential Award for Literature and the Arts (2003)
  • Moscow Komsomol Prize (1967)
  • Moscow Mayor's Award for Literature and the Arts (1997)
  • Diploma of the Moscow City Duma (2008)
  • Medal "For Valiant Labour" (Tatarstan)
  • Honorary Citizen of the Saratov Oblast
  • Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 3rd class (2005)

Selected filmography

  • Sasha vstupayet v zhizn (1956) as Sasha
  • Delo Pyostrykh (1958) as Igor Peresvetov
  • Shumnyy den (1960) as Oleg
  • Clear Skies (1961) as Seryozhka
  • The Alive and the Dead (1964)
  • War and Peace (1966–67) as Nikolai Rostov
  • Gori, gori, moya zvezda (1969) as Iskremas/Cuckoo
  • The Secret of the Iron Door (1970)
  • Seventeen Instants of Spring (TV series) (1973) as Walter Schellenberg
  • Mark Tven-protiv (TV movie) (1975) as Mark Twain
  • The Worthiness of the Republic (1976)
  • Lone Wolf (1977)
  • D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978) as King Louis XIII
  • Three from Buttermilk Village (1978) as Matroskin the Cat (voice)
  • Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (1980) as Vladimir, Katerina's lover
  • Oblomov (1981) as Ilya Ilyich Oblomov
  • Meri Poppins, do svidaniya (TV movie) (1983) as Miss Andrew
  • Dark Eyes (1986)
  • A Man from the Boulevard des Capuchines (1987) as Harry
  • Three Stories (1997)
  • Yesenin (TV series) (2005) as General Simagin
  • Statskiy sovetnik (2005) as Prince Dolgoroukoy
  • Relatives (2006)
  • Ilya Muromets i Solovey Razboynik (2007) as Vasilevs (voice)
  • Melody for a Street Organ (2009)
  • An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano(1975) as Shcherbuk

Film career

Tabakov's movie career paralleled the theatrical. He was featured in Grigori Chukhrai's Clear Skies (1961), Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace (1966–67), TV series Seventeen Instants of Spring (1973) and D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978), the Academy Award-winning Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (1980), Nikita Mikhalkov's Oblomov (1981) and Dark Eyes (1986), and the mock ostern A Man from the Boulevard des Capuchines (1987), among others.

Theatre career

Tabakov studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Upon graduating from the school, he became one of the founding fathers of the Sovremennik Theatre. He administrated the Sovremennik until 1982, when he moved to the Moscow Art Theatre, where he has played Molière and Salieri for over 20 years.

In 1986, Tabakov persuaded his students to form the Tabakov Studio attached to the Moscow Art Theatre. Several notable Russian actors including Yevgeny Mironov, Sergey Bezrukov, Vladimir Mashkov and Alexandre Marine studied at the studio. Tabakov also worked in numerous foreign countries, spreading his theatre's ideals abroad.

Voice-over work

Tabakov has lend his distinctive, purr-like voice to a number of animated characters, including the talking cat Matroskin in Three from Buttermilk Village and its sequels. After the Matroskin role he dubbed the character of Garfield into Russian in the feature film Garfield.

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