Yury Yakovlev

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Yuri Yakovlev
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Yuri Yakovlev in 2008
Born Yuri Vasilyevich Yakovlev
(1928-04-25)25 April 1928
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died 30 November 2013(2013-11-30) (aged 85)
Moscow, Russia
Resting place Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950–2013
Spouse(s) Kira Machulskaya
Ekaterina Raikina
Irina Sergeeva

Yuri Vasilyevich Yakovlev (Russian: Ю́рий Васи́льевич Я́ковлев; 25 April 1928 – 30 November 2013) was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed Soviet film and theatre actors. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1976.

Life and career

Yakovlev joined the Vakhtangov Theatre in 1952 but his first flirtation with fame came in 1958, when he played Prince Myshkin in Ivan Pyryev's adaptation of The Idiot. Yakovlev followed his first success with regular appearances in Eldar Ryazanov's comedies, most notably Hussar Ballad (1962), in which he played Poruchik Rzhevsky. The feature was such a resounding success that Rzhevsky's character gave rise to innumerable Russian jokes.

In the 1960s and 1970s Yakovlev's career was varied and interesting, his roles ranging from Stiva Oblonsky in the classic Soviet adaptation of Anna Karenina (1968) to the paranoically jealous Ippolit in another of Ryazanov's comedies, The Irony of Fate (1975). His participation in a series of films about World War II won him the USSR State Prize for 1979.

Yakovlev enjoyed perhaps his greatest popular acclaim in Leonid Gaidai's film version of Mikhail Bulgakov's egregiously funny Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Occupation (also known as Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future) (1973). His film career effectively came to a halt after Georgi Daneliya's sci-fi extravaganza Kin-dza-dza!, in which he appeared alongside Yevgeny Leonov.

He performed on the stage of the Vakhtangov Theatre. The actor has also played over seventy roles onstage, including mysterious Casanova (Three Ages of Casanova), brilliant court diplomat Duke Bolingbroke (Glass of Water), and tragically genius Prokofiev (Lessons of Master).

Selected filmography

  • 1954 — The Great Warrior Skanderbeg (Великий воин Албании Скандербег) as Warrior
  • 1958 — The Idiot (Идиот) as Prince Myshkin
  • 1959 — Ballad of a Soldier (Баллада о солдате) as narrator (voice)
  • 1961 — Nowhere Man (Человек из ниоткуда) as Vladimir Porazhaev
  • 1962 — Hussar Ballad (Гусарская баллада) as Lieutenant Dmitry Rzhevsky
  • 1964 — An Easy Life (Легкая жизнь) as Alexander P. Bochkin, underground businessman
  • 1966 — Beware of the Car (Берегись автомобиля) as narrator (voice)
  • 1967 — Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина) as Stiva Oblonsky
  • 1970 — The Seagull (Чайка) as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin, writer
  • 1971 — Grandads-Robbers (Старики-разбойники) as narrator (voice)
  • 1973 — Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (Иван Васильевич меняет профессию) as Ivan the Terrible / Ivan Vasilievich Bunsha, building superintendent
  • 1973 — Much Ado About Nothing (Много шума из ничего, uncredited)
  • 1975 — Earthly Love (Любовь земная) as Tikhon I. Bruchanov, Secretary of district committee of Communist Party
  • 1975 — The Irony of Fate (Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром!) as Ippolit Georgievich
  • 1977 — Destiny (Судьба) as Tikhon I. Bruchanov, Secretary of district committee of Communist Party
  • 1981 — Carnival (Карнавал) as Mikhail Solomatin, father of Nina
  • 1986 — Kin-dza-dza! (Кин-дза-дза!) as Bi
  • 1992 — Gardemarines-III (Гардемарины-III) as Stepan Fyodorovich Apraksin
  • 1993 — Children of Iron Gods (Дети чугунных богов) as general
  • 2007 — The Irony of Fate 2 (Ирония судьбы. Продолжение) as Ippolit Georgievich

Honours and awards

External links

  • Yury Yakovlev on IMDb
  • Yakovlev on the Vakhtangov Theatre Homepage
  • Biography of Yury Yakovlev (in English)
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