Georgy Vitsin

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Georgy Vitsin
Georgy Vitsin
Born (1918-04-23)April 23, 1918
Russian Republic, Petrograd
Died October 22, 2001(2001-10-22) (aged 84)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation actor

Georgy Mikhailovich Vitsin (Russian: Гео́ргий Миха́йлович Ви́цин; April 23, 1918 – October 22, 2001) was a Soviet and Russian actor. People's Artist of the USSR (1990)


Born in St. Petersburg, then Petrograd, in 1918 (official data, in truth, he was born in Terijoki, former Finland, now Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia), Vitsin enjoyed a long acting career and continued performing until close to the end of his life. Apart from playing with Nikulin and Morgunov, he appeared in dozens of films that earned him the adoration of millions.[1]

Modest and sympathetic characters played by Vitsin evoked kindly feelings of viewers. At the same time the actor played in detective, historical and lyrical feature films.

His first film roles date to the 1940s.[2] He gained nationwide popularity in the former Soviet Union with the emergence of a series of 1960s comedies by director Leonid Gaidai.[2] He played the role of the Coward among a trio of colorful, scheming characters in such Gaidai movies as Bootleggers (1962), Operation Y and Other Adventures of Shurik (1965), and Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967). The last two subsequently beat the Soviet all time record of ticket sales. The trio of actors, including the late Yuri Nikulin and Yevgeny Morgunov, was "the most popular ensemble in the history of the national cinema."[2] In 1990, he was awarded the top artistic title of the Soviet era, that of People's Artist of the Soviet Union.[2]

In spite of the plenty of his characters Vitsin’s talent deserved something greater and he never played the major role of his life. “Vitsin is awfully gifted and both of us together are not worth his finger”, his partners Nikulin and Morgunov said about him.

According to an Oscar-winning film director Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitsin "was one of those rare people and actors whom upon meeting, you immediately feel as if they must know just as much about you as you know about them."[1] According to Mikhalkov, Vitsin was also rare in that his popularity did not affect his personality. He was modest to the point that even in the years leading up to his death, when his financial circumstances were abysmal, he never asked for help.[1] Russian media reported that Vitsin had declined into alcoholism and vagrancy but these reports were false.

During the last seven years of his life Georgi Vitsin did not act in films and appeared only in comic concerts of the Theatre of Film Actor.

On October 22, 2001 at 4:30 p.m. the People’s Artist of the Soviet Union died. Georgy Vitsin was buried at Vagankovo Cemetery, Moscow.

A monument to Georgi Vitsin was established in Zelenogorsk in 2008 marking the town’s 460th jubilee and the 90th anniversary since the actor’s birthday.


  1. 1945Hello Moscow!railwayman
  2. 1946The Great Glinka - spectator
  3. 1951BelinskyNikolai Gogol
  4. 1952Composer GlinkaNikolai Gogol
  5. 1954 — Odd Player — Vasia Vesnushkin
  6. 1955The MexicanBilly Carthey
  7. 1955Maxim Perepelitsagrandpa Musiy
  8. 1955Twelfth Nightsir Andrew
  9. 1956She Loves YouKostya Kanareykin
  10. 1956Murder on Dante StreetPitu
  11. 1957Борец и клоунEnrico
  12. 1957Don QuixoteSanson Carrasco
  13. 1957Новый аттракционSemion Iljich
  14. 1958Жених с того светаFicusov
  15. 1958Девушка с гитаройbuyer
  16. 1959Vasily SurikovIlya Repin
  17. 1959Я был спутником Солнца
  18. 1960End of old Beryozovka
  19. 1961Dog Barbos and Unusual CrossCoward
  20. 1961BootleggersCoward
  21. 1961Artist from KokhanivkaДед Кузьма
  22. 1962Путь к причалуинтеллигент в вытрезвителе
  23. 1962Strictly BusinessSam
  24. 1963Short stories
  25. 1963Kain XVIIIexecutioner
  26. 1963Первый троллейбусdrunk man
  27. 1963Blind Birdtrain passenger
  28. 1964Balzaminov's MarriageMisha Balzaminov
  29. 1964Зайчикassistant director
  30. 1964A Tale of Lost Timesevil wizard Andrew
  31. 1964Весенние хлопотыДядя Пудя
  32. 1965Дайте жалобную книгуCoward
  33. 1965Operation Y and Other Adventures of ShurikCoward
  34. 1965Дорога к морю
  35. 1966Кто придумал колесо?
  36. 1966Kidnapping, Caucasian StyleCoward
  37. 1966The Formula of the Rainbow - Director of the toy factory
  38. 1967Спасите утопающего
  39. 1968Seven Old Men and One GirlCoward
  40. 1968Старая, старая сказкаwizard
  41. 1969В тринадцатом часу ночиОвинный
  42. 1969Kabacjok "13 chairs"pan Cypa
  43. 1970Шаг с крышиenglishman
  44. 1970Как мы искали ТишкуPetty Officer Stepanov
  45. 1970ОпекунTebenkov
  46. 1971Весенняя сказкаTsar Berendey
  47. 1971The Twelve Chairsмонтёр Мечников
  48. 1971Gentlemen of FortuneGavrila Sheremetev (Sad Sack)
  49. 1971The Shadowdoctor
  50. 1972Tobacco Captaincook
  51. 1972Смертный враг
  52. 1973… А вы любили когда-нибудь?Вторая бабушка и Олин папа
  53. 1973The Sannikov LandIgnaty
  54. 1973Неисправимый лгунAleksey Ivanovich Tiutiurin
  55. 1973Chipollinolawer Vetch
  56. 1974Дорогой мальчикMacintosh
  57. 1974Моя судьбаdrunk man
  58. 1974Северная рапсодияseller
  59. 1974Tsarevich Prosha — «King Katorz IX»
  60. 1975Finest, the brave FalconAgafon
  61. 1975Шаг навстречучеловек в буфете
  62. 1975Автомобиль, скрипка и собака КляксаBanjo/Guitar
  63. 1975Не может быть!daddy
  64. 1975Большой аттракционGankin
  65. 1976Пастух ЯнкаПринц Кукимор
  66. 1976Весёлое сновидение, или Смех и слёзыKrivello
  67. 1976Пока бьют часыДедушка, Великий садовник
  68. 1976The Blue BirdSugar
  69. 1976Twelve ChairsBezenchuk
  70. 1977Маринка, Янка и тайны королевского замкаPrince Kukimor
  71. 1977Солнце, снова солнце
  72. 1980Borrowing MatchsticksTahvo Kenonen, tailor
  73. 1980Комедия давно минувших днейCoward
  74. 1982Sorcererscat (voice)
  75. 1985Соперницыold man
  76. 1985Dangerous for Your Life!Alexander Chokolov
  77. 1986Путешествие пана Кляксы
  78. 1986Я вожатый форпоста
  79. 1992Выстрел в гробуColonel Zakusnyak
  80. 1993Бравые парниGriboyedov
  81. 1994Господа артистыNil Palych
  82. 1994A Few Love StoriesFornari
  83. 1994Hagi-TraggerGenrikh Yanovich


  1. ^ a b c In Brief: Beloved Comic Actor Vitsin Dies. Valeria Korchagina. The Moscow Times. p. 4. October 24, 2001.
  2. ^ a b c d Obituaries; Passings; Georgy Vitsin, 83; Russian Movie, Theater Actor. Los Angeles Times. California; Part 2; Metro Desk; p. 15. October 25, 2001.

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