Aleksandr Demyanenko

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Aleksandr Demyanenko
Born (1937-05-30)May 30, 1937
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died August 22, 1999(1999-08-22) (aged 62)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Liudmila Demyanenko
Children Angelica Nevolina (adopted)
Awards People's Artist of the RSFSR (1991)

Aleksandr Sergeievich Demyanenko (Russian: Александр Серге́евич Демьяненко; May 30, 1937 – August 22, 1999) was a Russian film and theater actor. He was given the honorary distinction of People's Artist of the RSFSR. He began his acting career with the film Veter in 1958, and is well known for playing the character Shurik in a number of films, beginning with the 1965 comedy Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures, and ending with the 1997 film Old Songs of the Main Things 2.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Aleksandr Demyanenko was born in Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union in 1937. He went to a music school from 1946 to 1952.[clarification needed] In 1954 he failed to enter the school of arts.[clarification needed] In 1955, however, he entered the Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts in Moscow.

Acting career[edit]

In 1958 he was cast in the film Veter (Russian: Ветер). In 1959 he graduated from the Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts theatre acting school. He then worked in the Mayakovsky Theater in Moscow. In 1959 he starred in Everything Begins with Hitting the Road.

In 1961 Aleksandr Demyanenko moved to Leningrad and became staff actor at Lenfilm studio. There he starred in the film Grown-Up Children. He then went on to play in A Night Before Christmas, Peace to Him Who Enter and was cast for the title role in Dima Gorin's Career. In 1962 he starred in A Trip Without a Load and Bang the Drum. In 1963 he starred in Cheka Employee, The First Trolleybus and Kain XVIII. In 1964 he starred in The Returned Music and State Offender.

In 1965 he was cast for the role of Shurik in the classic Soviet comedy Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures. This role earned Demyanenko the image of nerdy student Shurik ("Shurik" being a diminutive form of the name Aleksandr). In 1966 he starred in the semi-sequel to the film Kidnapping, Caucasian Style.[1] In 1967, he starred in the film War Under the Roofs and in 1968 in The Dead Season. In 1969 he starred in Tomorrow, April 3 and The Ugryum River. In 1971 he starred in Dauria. In 1972 he starred in Hello and Goodbye and The Singing Teacher. Demyanenko tried to avoid being typecast as "Shurik" and was not able to get major roles.[citation needed]

In 1973 he once again reunited with Leonid Gaidai to star in the film Ivan Vasilyevich: Back to the Future where he plays a scientist named Shurik who invents a time machine.[2] Demyanenko was unable to gain popularity for other roles as he was typecast as a scientist due to his tremendous popularity as the nerdy, crime-fighting student Shurik.[citation needed] He frequently voiced foreign films to earn some extra money.[citation needed]

Later years[edit]

Aleksandr Demyanenko suffered from alcoholism.[citation needed] He lived in poverty following the collapse of the socialized welfare system of the Soviet Union.[citation needed] He appeared in the television movie Old Songs of the Main Things 2 in 1997 playing an aged Shurik. He had a brief role in the TV series Strawberry played his other famous role of the nerdy professor in Old Songs of the Main Things 3 in 1998. In 1999 Aleksandr Demyanenko died from a heart attack.[citation needed] Some analysts say this played a part in the success of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in the December 1999 elections as the lack of a social welfare system was frequently blamed for his death.

Filmography[edit]

  • Mitya (1959)
  • The Grown up Children (1961)
  • Dima Gorin's Career (1961)
  • A Trip Without a Load (1962)
  • State Criminal (1964)
  • Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures (1965)
  • Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
  • Ivan Vasilyevich: Back to the Future (1973)
  • Strange Adults (1974)
  • The Last Winter Day (1974)
  • Unique (1975)
  • Eleven Hopes (1975)
  • Crane in the Sky (1977)
  • A Moment Decides Everything (1978)
  • Chest of Drawers Was Lead Through the Street... (1978)
  • The Nightingale (1979)
  • The Bat (1979)
  • The Useless Girl (1980)
  • Comrade Innokenty (1981)
  • It Was Beyond the Narva Gate (1981)
  • An Awful Day (1982)
  • My Love: A Revolution (1982)
  • The Green Van (1983)
  • Echo of a Distant Blast (1983)
  • Stories of an Old Magician (1984)
  • Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique... (1984)
  • Dream in the Hand, or Suitcase (1985)
  • A Bright Person (1988)
  • Tamara Aleksandrovna's Husband and Daughter (1988)
  • A Play for Millions (1991)
  • And to Hell with Us (1991)
  • The White Clothes (1991)
  • Seven-Forty (1992)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kidnapping Caucasian Style (1966)". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Roger Greenspun (23 June 1973). "Ivan Vasilievich Back To The Future (1973)". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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