Alexander Kaidanovsky in 1980
|Born||Alexander Leonidovich Kaidanovsky
23 July 1946
Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Died||3 December 1995
|Occupation||actor, film director, screenwriter|
Alexander Leonidovich Kaidanovsky (Russian: Алекса́ндр Леони́дович Кайдано́вский; 23 July 1946, Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union - 3 December 1995, Moscow, Russia) was a Soviet and Russian actor and film director.
Prior to pursuing an acting career, Kaidanovsky attended technical college where he was training to become a welder. Apparently a prospect of becoming a worker did not appeal to him and in 1965 he started studying acting at The Rostov Theatre School and the Schukin Institute in Moscow. Before completing the course he took his first part in the film The Mysterious Wall (1967) and upon graduation in 1969, he worked as stage actor.
Kaidanovsky made his theatre debut at the Vakhtangov Theatre in 1969. In 1971 he was invited to join the Moscow Arts Theatre, the best classical theatre in Russia, a rare privilege for a 25-year-old graduate.
He made his major film debut in At Home Among Strangers (1974), and over the next few years appeared in some two dozen films, including the satirical comedy Diamonds for Dictatorship of the Proletariat (1976) and The Life of Beethoven (1980). At his peak in the '70s Kaidanovsky was among Soviet Russia's most popular actors, and it was at this point that famed Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky, impressed by the looks and the acting technique of Kaidanovsky in Diamonds, invited him to play the title-role in his new film, Stalker (1979). This role earned Kaidanovsky international acclaim.
- The Mysterious Wall (1967)
- Anna Karenina (1967)
- Failure of Engineer Garin (TV mini-series 1973)
- At Home Among Strangers (1974)
- Inquest of Pilot Pirx (1979)
- Stalker (1979)
- Rafferty (TV series 1980)
- Faktas (1981)
- Telokhranitel (1982)
- And Then There Were None (1987)
- New Adventures of a Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1988)
- Songlines | Segment: For a Million (1989, director)
- Magic Hunter (1994)
- Alexander Kaidanovsky on IMDb
- Alexander Kaidanovsky: articles, filmography and photos (Archived 2009-10-25) (in Russian)