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Emmanuil Vitorgan

Emmanuil Vitorgan (actor) , Russia


Theatre and film actor, People's Artist of Russia Emmanuil Vitorgan was born on 27 December, 1939 in Baku. He graduated from school in Astrakhan and got his degree in acting from Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in 1961 (course of Boris Zon).

From 1961 till 1963, E. Vitorgan appeared on the stage of Pskov Alexander Pushkin Academic Drama Theatre; he also worked with Leningrad Drama and Comedy Theatre at Liteyny in 1963-1967 and was an actor of Leningrad Lenin Komsomol Theatre in 1967 - 1971. In 1971, he moved to Moscow and entered Moscow K.S. Stanislavsky Drama Theatre. In 1982-1984, he was a company member of Taganka Drama and Comedy Theatre and then came to V.V. Mayakovsky Academic Theatre where the actor performed till 2006.

At present, E. Vitorgan plays in the performances of single-show Modern Drama's productions, gives lessons in the Oriental and European Cinema School and hosts «Talking about Cinema» on NTV-Plus Channel. The last time he appeared on the stage in musical performance «Mata Hari», directed by Evgeny Ginzburg. The actor is also involved in «Entrance», his own one-man show, and in staging «He, She and Jenny» by Nil Saymon devoted to the memory of Alla Balter, actress and wife of E. Vitorgan. In addition, he acts in "The Late Love" staged in association with Israel Gesher theatre and director Evgeny Arye.

E. Vitorgan made his début in cinema in 1968 when «Two Matinée Tickets» was released. Initially, he filmed rather rarely and played only small roles. The most remarkable one was in «The Dirk», adventure film for children. However, he played his first really significant role in 1977 in «All This Is About Him», novel by Vil Lipatov. Since that time he has starred in over one hundred films of different genres varying from musical comedy to psychodrama. He created memorable characters in such films as «Marta la Piadosa», «The Casket of Maria Medici», «Professional Investigator», «Magicians», «and Tanks Are Running on Taganka», «Poor Nastya», «The Children of Arbat Street», «Mates», «Paradox» and many others.

Emmanuil Vitorgan was awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Russia (1990) and People's Artist of Russia (1998).