Vsevolod Sanayev

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Vsevolod Vasilyevich Sanayev
Born Всеволод Васильевич Санаев
(1912-02-25)February 25, 1912
Died January 27, 1996(1996-01-27) (aged 83)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938–1990s
Awards People's Artist of the USSR (1969)

Vsevolod Vasilyevich Sanayev (Все′волод Васи′льевич Сана′ев, February 25 [12, o.s.], 1912, Tula, Russian Empire, — January 27, 1996, Moscow, Russian Federation) was a Soviet film and theatre actor popular in the 1960s-1970s. Sanayev, who worked both in Moscow Art Theatre and Mossovet Theatres, was the holder of numerous high-profile state titles and awards (People’s Artist of the USSR, 1969; Order of Lenin, 1971; Order of the October Revolution, 1981).[1][2]


Vsevolod Sanayev was born on February 25 (12), 1912, in Tula. In 1926 — 1930 he worked as a harmonica fitter at the Tula musical instruments factory, then joined the local factory theatre and in 1931 moved to the Tula-based Gorky Theatre of Drama and Comedy. In 1937 Sanayev was graduated from Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and joined the Moscow Art Theatre troupe. In 1938 he debuted on screen in the film Volga-Volga (where he had two small roles, of a bearded wood-cutter and beardless musician). His first success was the part of Dobryakov in the film The Girl I Love (1940). In 1943 he joined the troupe of the Mossovet Theatre, in 1952 — the Moscow Art Theatre.[2]

In the 1950s Sanayev became one of the leading actors of the Soviet cinema; among his best known works were Kantaurov (The Return of Vasily Bortnikov, 1952), Dontsov in The First Echelon (1955), Kozlov in Five Days, Five Nights (1960), Siply (Husky) in the Optimistic Tragedy (1962), Colonel Lukin in the war epic Liberation (1968). Highly popular was his Colonel Zorin in the Soviet militia detective trilogy: The return of St. Luca (1970), The Black Prince (1973) and The Version of Colonel Zorin (1978). Critics praised his parts in two Vasily Shukshin's films, Your Son and Brother (1965) and Pechki-lavochki (1972). His later notable films included White Dew (1983) and Forgotten Melody for Flute (1988). And orthodox Commuinist, Sanayev for many years was the head of the Mosfilm Communist Party committee (partkom).[2]

Vsevolod Sanayev died on January 27, 1996, in Moscow. He was buried at the Novodevichye Cemetery.[2]


  • Sister Lyudmila Sanayeva (Shemyakina), was known to live in Segezha, Karelia.
  • Wife Lidya Sanayeva (died in 1995)
  • Daughter Elena Sanayeva, the actress, a widow of actor and director Rolan Bykov.
  • Grandson Pavel Sanayev, actor, screenwriter and director.


  • Volga-Volga (1938, a woodcutter)
  • If the War Comes Tomorrow (Yesli zavtra voina, 1938, a paratrooper)
  • A Girl With a Character (Devushka s kharakterom, 1939, Surkov, militia officer)
  • The Youth of Commanders (Yunost komandirov, 1939, Colonel Grishayev)
  • The Girl I Love (Lyubimaya devushka, 1940, Dobryakov, a working man)
  • Ivan Fyodorov, The Pioneer Bookprinter (Pervopechatnik Ivan Fyodorov, 1941)
  • The Hearts of Four (Serdtsa chetyryokh, 1941, Red Army fighter Yeremeev)
  • Ivan Nikulin (Alyokha, Russian sailor, 1944)
  • In the Mountains of Yugoslavia (V gorakh Yugoslavii, 1947, Alexey Gubanov)
  • Diamonds (Almazy, 1947, geologist Sergey Nesterov)
  • They've Got Their Motherland (U nikh est Rodina, 1949, Sorokin)
  • Village Doctor (Selsky vratch, 1951, Korotkov)
  • In Steppe (V stepi, 1951, Partkom secretary Tuzhikov)
  • The Return of Vasily Bortnikov (Vozvraschenye Vasilia Bortnikova, 1952, Kantaurov, the Telephone station director)
  • Lawlessness (Bezzakoniye, 1953, Yermolai, dustman)
  • The First Echelon (Pervy eshelon, 1955, Sovkhoz director Dontsov)
  • Different Fates (Raznye sudby, 1956, Zhukov, the Party official)
  • Polyushko-pole (1956, telephone station director Kholin)
  • Stories About Lenin (Rasskazy o Lenine, 1957, Emelyyanov)
  • The Swallow (Lastochka, 1957, Melgunov)
  • Pages of the Past (Stranitsy bylovo, 1957, Skvortsov)
  • Upon the Path of War (Na dorogakh voyny, 1958, Uvarov)
  • The Unpaid Debt (Neoplatchenny dolg, 1959, Okunchikov)
  • The Koltsov Song (Pesnya o Koltsove, 1959, Koltsov’s father)
  • Still They Are People (Tozhe lyudi, 1959, soldier)
  • In the Still of the Steppe (V stepnoi tishi, 1959, Vetrov)
  • Five Days, Five Nights (Pyat dnei, pyat nochei, 1960, Sergeant-major Kozlov)
  • Three Times Resurrected (Trizhdy voskresshy, 1960, Starodub)
  • On the Road (V puti, 1961, the old man)
  • Grown-up Children (Vzroslye deti, 1961, Vasily Vasilyevich)
  • Optimistic Tragedy (Optimisticheskaya tragediya, 1962, Siply [the Husky-voiced])
  • Militia Story (Eto sluchilos v militsii, 1963, Major Sazonov)
  • The Meeting at the Crossover (Vstrech na pereprave, 1964, The kolkhoz chairman)
  • The Great Ore (Bolshaya ruda, 1964, Matsuyev)
  • Small Green Light (Zelyony ogonyok, 1964, the pensioner)
  • Your Son and Brother (Vash syn i brat, 1965, Voyevodin)
  • The Roll-call (Pereklichka, 1965, Varentsov)
  • Moscow is Behind Our Backs (Moskva za nami, 1967, General Ivan Panfilov)
  • Not a Day Without an Adventure (ni dnya bez priklyucheny, 1967, old man Danilyuk)
  • Just for Fun (Skuki radi, 1968, Gomozov)
  • Used Cartridge Cases (Strelyanye gilzy, 1968, the Father)
  • Liberation (Osvobozhdenye, 1968, Colonel Lukin)
  • The Major Witness (Glavny svidetel, 1969, the Uncle)
  • Strange People (Strannye lyudi, 1969, Matvey Ryazantsev)
  • I Am His Bride (Ya yevo nevesta, 1969, Mitrokhin)
  • The Return of the Saint Luca (Vozvrashenye svyatovo Luki, 1970, Colonel Zorin)
  • The Kremlin Chime (Kremlyovskye kuranty, 1970, the old worker)
  • The Stolen Train (Ukradenny poezd, 1970, General Ivan Vasylievich)
  • Eolomea (East Germany, 1972, Kun)
  • Stoves and Benches (Pechki-lavochki, 1972, Professor Sergey Fyodorovich)
  • Here's Our Home (Zdes nash dom, 1973, Alexander Pluzhin)
  • The Black Prince (Tchorny prints, 1973, Colonel Zorin)
  • There, Over the Horizon (Tam, za gorizontom, 1975, the General constructor)
  • And Other Officials (I drugiye ofitsyalnye litsa, 1976, Astakhov)
  • The Closeness of Distant Things (Blizkaya dal, 1976, Pogodin)
  • The Moscow Time (Vremya moskovskoye, 1976, Nazar Lukich)
  • The Colonel Zorin's Hypothesis (Versiya polkovnika Zorina, 1978, Colonel Zorin)
  • The Long Days' Month (Mesyats dlinnykh dney, 1979, Pavel Stepanovich)
  • Teheran-43 (1980, the cafe owner)
  • The Unwelcome Friend (Nezvany drug, 1981, Shlepyanov)
  • From Winter Till Winter (Ot zimy do zimy, 1981, the Minister)
  • The Hope and the Stand-by (Nadezga i opora, 1982, Rotov)
  • From Evening Till Noon (S vetchera do poludnya, 1982, writer Andray Zharkov)
  • White Dews (Belye rosy, 1982, Khodas)
  • The Mistery of the Blackbirds (Taina Tchyornykh Drozdov, 1983m Mister George Forteskew)
  • Dead Souls (Myortvye dushi, 1984, the Court chairman)
  • In Bad Weather (V rasputitsu, 1986, Strogov)
  • The Forgotten Melody for Flute (Zabytaya melodiya dlya fleity, 1987, Yaroslav Stepanovich)
  • The Apellation (Apellyatsia, 1988, Mironov)
  • Shirly-Myrli (1995, the Music fan)


  1. ^ "Vsevolod Vasilyevich Sanayev". www.rusactors.ru. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Vsevolod Vasilyevich Sanayev". www.kino-teatr.ru. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 

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