Aleksey Vladimirovich Batalov is a Russian actor who has been acclaimed for his portrayal of noble and positive characters. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1976 and a Hero of Socialist Labour in 1989.
Anatoli Dmitrievich Papanov was a popular Soviet film and theatre actor. Papanov starred in some of the best and well-known Soviet films, often together with his friend, Andrei Mironov. Mostly known for his great performances in comedies, he also had serious and dramatic roles, such as that of the political prisoner in Cold Summer of 1953. Anatoli Papanov was honored as People's Artist of the USSR (1973).
Mikhail Alexandrovich Ulyanov was a Russian actor who was one of the most recognizable persons of the official post-World War II Soviet theatre and cinema. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1969 and received a special prize from the Venice Film Festival in 1982. Ulyanov worked in the Vakhtangov Theatre from 1950 and directed it from 1987. As regards movies, he was frequently cast in the parts of staunch Communist leaders like Vladimir Lenin and Marshal Zhukov.
Rostislav Ivanovich Yankovsky is a major Belarusian actor. He was born in Odessa 0n 5 February 1930, studied in Leninabad and debuted in the Tajik theatre in 1951. He has been working in the Minsk Drama Theatre since 1957 . Yankovsky was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1978 . He is the older brother of the more famous Oleg Yankovsky.
Leonid Mironovich Leonidov was a Russian actor and stage director. Born in a Jewish family in Odessa, he worked in the Moscow Art Theatre since 1903. Among his roles are Dmitri Karamazov, Othello, Lopakhin and others. In 1920s and 1930s he also appeared in several films. Stanislavsky called him the only Russian tragic actor. Leonid Leonidov was honored with People's Artist of the USSR in 1936.
Eldar Aleksandrovich Ryazanov is a Soviet/Russian film director whose comedies, satirizing the daily life of the country, are very famous throughout the former Soviet Union. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1984, and received the USSR State Prize in 1977. The asteroid 4258 Ryazanov is named after him.
Vasily Semyonovich Lanovoy (born 1934) is a Ukrainian-born Russian actor who works in the Vakhtangov Theatre, Moscow. He is also known as the President of Artek Festival of Films for Children. Lanovoy's honours include the KGB Prize, the Lenin Prize, and the title of People's Artist of the USSR.
Eliso Konstantines asuli Virsaladze is a Georgian pianist. She was born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR. Her father Constantine Virsaladze was a prominent physician, so was her grandfather Spiridon Virsaladze. She received her first piano lessons at the age of 8 from her grandmother, Anastasia Virsaladze, a well-known music teacher and pianist in the Georgian SSR. She graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory, and continued her education as a postgraduate student at the Moscow Conservatory.
Tamara Ilyinichna Sinyavskaya (Тамара Ильинична Синявская; born 6 July 1943 in Moscow) is a Russian mezzo soprano from the Bolshoi Theatre. She was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1982, which her husband, Azerbaijani singer Muslim Magomaev, had received in 1973. In 1997, 4981 Sinyavskaya was named in her honor.
Arkady Isaakovich Raikin was a Soviet stand up comedian. He led the school of Soviet and Russian humorists for about half a century. Raikin was born into a Jewish family in Riga, then part of Russian Empire. He graduated from the Leningrad Theatrical Technicum in 1935 and worked in both state theatres and variety shows. In 1939, he founded his own theatre in Leningrad where he used skits and impersonations to ridicule the inefficiency of Communist bureaucracy and the Soviet way of life.
Vano Muradeli was a Soviet Georgian composer. Born in Gori, Georgia, then part of Imperial Russia, he graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1931. From 1934 to 1938, he worked at the Moscow Conservatory. From 1942 to 1944, he served as a principal and artistic director of the Central Ensemble of the Soviet Navy. In 1948, his opera The Great Friendship was censured by the resolution of the Communist Party Central Committee.
Pavel Gerasimovich Lisitsian (November 6, 1911 – July 6, 2004) was a Soviet baritone opera singer who performed in the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow from 1940 until his retirement from stage in 1966. He was born into an Armenian family living in the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, where his father was a mineworker. Pavel first worked in diamond drilling, then as a welder apprentice hoping to follow his father's steps.
Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko (December 11, 1858 - April 25, 1943, Moscow) was the greatest Russian theatre director, writer, pedagogue, playwright, producer and theatre organizer, who founded the Moscow Art Theatre with his famous colleague, Konstantin Stanislavsky, in 1898. He was born to Ukrainian-Armenian parents in Ozurgety near Poti. His father was an officer of the Russian army.
Sergei Appolinarievich Gerasimov was one of the most reputable film directors and screenwriters in the Soviet Union. The oldest film school in the world, the VGIK, bears his name. Gerasimov started his film industry career as an actor in 1924. At first he appeared in Kozintsev and Trauberg films, such as The Overcoat and The New Babylon. Later, he was commissioned to produce screen versions of the literary classics of Socialist realism.
Fikret Mashadi Jamil oghlu Amirov was a prominent Azerbaijani composer of the Soviet period. Fikret Amirov grew up in an atmosphere of Azerbaijani folk music. His father, Mashadi Jamil Amirov, was a famous mugam singer ("xanəndə") from Shusha, who composed and played tar. During his childhood and early adolescence, Fikret began composing pieces for the piano.
Leonid Iovich Gaidai was one of the most popular Soviet comedy directors, enjoying immense popularity and broad public recognition in the former USSR & modern Russia. His movies broke theatre attendance records and are still some of the top-selling DVDs in Russia.
Mikhail Ilych Romm was a Russian film director. He was born in Irkutsk. His father was a social democrat of Jewish descent who had been exiled there. He graduated from gymnasium in 1917 and entered the Moscow College for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Armen Dzigarkhanyan is one of the most popular Soviet and Armenian actors. He starred in dozens of Soviet films (such as The Elusive Avengers and many others) and provided the voice for many cartoon characters. He founded his own theater in Moscow. Dzigarkhanyan worked as assistant cameraman at Armenfilm studios in 1953-1954. He began his acting career in 1955 at the Russian Stanislavsky Theater in Yerevan, and in 1967 moved to the Lenkom Theatre in Moscow.