Georgy Millyar

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Georgy Millyar in 1920s

Georgy Frantsevich Millyar, sometimes spelled Milliar (Russian: Георгий Францевич Милляр) (November 7, 1903, Moscow – June 4, 1993, Moscow), was a Soviet/Russian actor, best known for playing evil spirits in Soviet fairy tale films, including the witch Baba Yaga in films such as Vasilisa the Beautiful, Jack Frost, and Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes.[1]

Georgy Millyar was born into a wealthy family of Franz de Milieu, a French bridge builder working in Russia, and Elizaveta Zhuravlyova, a daughter of an Irkutsk goldminer. Millyar’s father died when he was almost three. Before the outbreak of World War I, he and his widowed mother had moved from Moscow to Gelendzhik. After the October Revolution, Millyar’s family was left without relatives and means of living, their apartment in Moscow and a house in Gelendzhik were soon nationalized by the Bolsheviks. Millyar’s mother was prudent enough to remove the "de" particle from her and her son’s last name to conceal their French origin and then change it to Millyar. Even though Georgy Millyar was able to speak fluent French and German, he never mentioned this fact in any official documents.[2]

After the October Revolution, Georgy Millyar worked as a props man at a Gelendzhik theater. He always dreamed of becoming a professional actor and memorized all the roles played at his theater. In 1920, Millyar made his first incidental appearance on stage when one of the actors fell suddenly ill. His debut was a success, and from then on he was asked to substitute on a regular basis. In 1924, Georgy Millyar, already a well-known provincial actor, entered an Acting School for Juniors at Moscow Theater of the Revolution (today’s Mayakovsky Theater).[2] Subsequently, he played different roles in numerous stage plays.[1]

A famous Soviet film director Aleksandr Rou played an important part in Georgy Millyar’s acting career. He invited Millyar to star in a film adaptation of a Russian fairy tale, Wish upon a Pike (1938). From that moment on, their cinematographic partnership and friendship lasted for over 30 years. Millyar acted in all Rou's films. Among his roles are Kashei the Deathless, Baba-Yaga, king Goroh, king Chudo-Yudo, a demon etc. Throughout his career, Georgy Millyar played thirty major roles, took part in the dubbing of seventy movies, and voiced over a hundred cartoons.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year English Title Original Title Role
1933 Marionettes Марионетки bold official (uncredited)
1938 Wish upon a Pike По щучьему веленью Tsar Gorokh
1939 Vasilisa the Beautiful Василиса Прекрасная Baba Yaga; father; gusli musician
1940 Salavat Yulayev Салават Юлаев mine manager
1941 The Humpbacked Horse Конёк-Горбунок Chikhir; gusli musician; robber
1943 We from the Urals Мы с Урала grandfather Tomakurov
1944 Kashchey the Immortal Кащей Бессмертный Kashchey; tiny magician
1947 The Humpbacked Horse (animation) Конёк-Горбунок Tsar (voice)
1950 Brave People Смелые люди German soldier with harmonica (uncredited)
1952 May Nights Майская ночь, или Утопленница scribe
1954 The Frog Princess (animation) Царевна-Лягушка Baba Yaga (voice)
1955 The White Poodle Белый пудель Ivan the servant
The Gadfly Овод beggar
The Enchanted Boy (animation) Заколдованный мальчик goose (voice)
1958 Sampo Сампо sorcerer
Beloved Beauty (animation) Краса ненаглядная Kashchey (voice)
New Adventures of Puss in Boots Новые похождения Кота в сапогах court jester; witch
1959 The Magic Weaver Марья-искусница Croak
Fate of a Man Судьба человека drunken German soldier (uncredited)
1960 It Was I Who Drew the Little Man (animation) Человечка нарисовал я Gerasim the painter; beggar (voices)
1961 The Night Before Christmas Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки devil; gossip girl
Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross Пёс Барбос и необычный кросс fish inspector
1962 Strictly Business Деловые люди Ebenezer Dorset (uncredited)
1963 Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors Королевство кривых зеркал The Grandest Master of Ceremonies; widow queen; carter
1964 Jack Frost Морозко Baba Yaga; robber
An Ordinary Miracle Обыкновенное чудо executioner
1966 Kidnapping, Caucasian Style Кавказская пленница, или Новые приключения Шурика domino player
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp Волшебная лампа Аладдина the wisest advisor
1967 War and Peace Война и мир Morel the captive French soldier
Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes Огонь, вода и… медные трубы Kashchey; Baba Yaga; fireman
1969 Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair Варвара-краса, длинная коса Chudo-Yudo
Caliph Stork Калиф-аист Selim
1971 Property of the Republic Достояние республики old railroad worker
Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment Гойя, или Тяжкий путь познания messenger (uncredited)
1972 The Golden Horns Золотые рога Baba Yaga; grandpa Markel
1975 Finest, the brave Falcon Финист — Ясный сокол Kastryuk
1981 The Sixth Шестой old chess player
1983 Crazy Day of Engineer Barkasov Безумный день инженера Баркасова neighbor
Mary Poppins, Goodbye Мэри Поппинс, до свидания raven; parrot Sir Tomas (voices)
1985 After the Rain, on Thursday После дождичка в четверг Babadur's vizier

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 45 (1722)
  2. ^ a b Аргументы и факты. Суперзвёзды
  3. ^ Оллэ. К гастролям Московского Театра Революции // Бурят-Монгольская правда. Верхнеудинск. № 168 (1138) за 28 июля 1927 года. — С. 4.

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