Georgy Vitsin

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Georgy Vitsin
Георгий Вицин

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Born(1917-04-18)April 18, 1917
DiedOctober 22, 2001(2001-10-22) (aged 84)
Resting placeVagankovo Cemetery, Moscow
TitlePeople's Artist of the USSR (1990)

Georgy Mikhailovich Vitsin (Russian: Гео́ргий Миха́йлович Ви́цин; April 18, 1917 – October 22, 2001[1]) was a Soviet and Russian actor. He was a People's Artist of the USSR (1990).[2]


Vitsin was born in St. Petersburg, formerly known as Petrograd, in 1917 (official data, in truth, says he was born in Terijoki, former Finland, now Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg). He enjoyed a long acting career and continued performing until close to the end of his life. Apart from playing with Yuri Nikulin and Yevgeny Morgunov, he appeared in dozens of films that earned him the adoration of millions.[3]

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.[4]

His first film roles date to the 1940s.[5] He gained nationwide popularity in the former Soviet Union with the emergence of a series of 1960s comedies by director Leonid Gaidai.[5] 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."[5] In 1990, he was awarded the top artistic title of the Soviet era, that of People's Artist of the USSR.[5]

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.[6]

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."[3] 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.[3] Russian media reported that Vitsin had declined into alcoholism and vagrancy but these reports were false.[7]

During the last seven years of his life Georgy 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 USSR died. Georgy Vitsin was buried at Vagankovo Cemetery, Moscow.[8]

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

Monument to Vitsin in Zelenogorsk
Georgian restaurant Caucasian kidnapped woman posted a photo of characters from the movie Kidnapping, Caucasian Style. Actors on this photo: George Vitsin, Yuri Nikulin, Evgeni Morgunov. Restaurant adres: Prospect Mira, 36, Moscow.


  1. 1945Hello Moscow!railwayman
  2. 1946The Great Glinka - spectator
  3. 1951BelinskyNikolai Gogol
  4. 1952Composer GlinkaNikolai Gogol
  5. 1954The Boys from LeningradVasia Vesnushkin
  6. 1955The MexicanBilly Carthey
  7. 1955Maxim Perepelitsagrandpa Musiy
  8. 1955Twelfth Nightsir Andrew
  9. 1956She Loves YouKostya Kanareykin
  10. 1956Murder on Dante StreetPitu
  11. 1957Wrestler and a clownEnrico
  12. 1957Don QuixoteSanson Carrasco
  13. 1957New attractionSemion Iljich
  14. 1958A Groom from the Other WorldFicusov
  15. 1958A Girl with a Guitarbuyer
  16. 1959Vasily SurikovIlya Repin
  17. 1959I Was a Satellite of the Sun
  18. 1960End of old Beryozovka
  19. 1961Dog Barbos and Unusual CrossCoward
  20. 1961BootleggersCoward
  21. 1961Artist from KokhanivkaGrandfather Kuzma
  22. 1962The Way to the pierintellectual in the sobering-up station
  23. 1962Strictly BusinessSam
  24. 1963Short stories
  25. 1963Kain XVIIIexecutioner
  26. 1963The first trolleybusdrunk man
  27. 1963Blind Birdtrain passenger
  28. 1964Balzaminov's MarriageMisha Balzaminov
  29. 1964Zaychikassistant director
  30. 1964A Tale of Lost Timesevil wizard Andrew
  31. 1964Spring choresuncle Pudya
  32. 1965Give Me a Book of ComplaintsCoward
  33. 1965Operation Y and Other Adventures of ShurikCoward
  34. 1965Road to the sea
  35. 1966Who invented the wheel?
  36. 1966Kidnapping, Caucasian StyleCoward
  37. 1966The Formula of the Rainbow - Director of the toy factory
  38. 1967Save the drowning
  39. 1968Seven Old Men and One GirlCoward
  40. 1968An Old, Old Talewizard
  41. 1969In the thirteenth hour of the nightOvinny
  42. 1969Kabacjok "13 chairs"pan Cypa
  43. 1970Step off the roofenglishman
  44. 1970As we were looking TishkaPetty Officer Stepanov
  45. 1970GuardianTebenkov
  46. 1971Spring taleTsar Berendey
  47. 1971The Twelve Chairsfitter Mechnikov
  48. 1971Gentlemen of FortuneGavrila Sheremetev (Sad Sack)
  49. 1971The Shadowdoctor
  50. 1972Tobacco Captaincook
  51. 1972The mortal enemy
  52. 1973Have you ever loved?
  53. 1973The Sannikov LandIgnaty
  54. 1973Incorrigible LiarAleksey Ivanovich Tiutiurin
  55. 1973Chipollinolawer Vetch
  56. 1974Honey boyMacintosh
  57. 1974My destinydrunk man
  58. 1974North Rhapsodyseller
  59. 1974Tsarevich Prosha — «King Katorz IX»
  60. 1975Finest, the brave FalconAgafon
  61. 1975Shag navstrechupeople at the buffet
  62. 1975Car, Violin and the Dog KlyaksaBanjo/Guitar
  63. 1975It Can't Be!daddy
  64. 1975The big attractionGankin
  65. 1976Shepherd YankaPrince Kukimor
  66. 1976Merry dreams or Laughter and TearsKrivello
  67. 1976Until the clock strikes Grandfather , The Great Gardener
  68. 1976The Blue BirdSugar
  69. 1976Twelve ChairsBezenchuk
  70. 1977Marinka, Yanka and the secrets of the royal castlePrince Kukimor
  71. 1977The sun, the sun again
  72. 1980Borrowing MatchsticksTahvo Kenonen, tailor
  73. 1980Comedy of bygone daysCoward
  74. 1985The Pokrovsky GateSavelich (voice)
  75. 1982Sorcererscat (voice)
  76. 1985Rivalsold man
  77. 1985Dangerous for Your Life!Alexander Chokolov
  78. 1986Travel Pan Klyaksa
  79. 1986I counselor outpost
  80. 1992Shot in a coffinColonel Zakusnyak
  81. 1993Brave guysGriboyedov
  82. 1994Lord actorsNil Palych
  83. 1994A Few Love StoriesFornari
  84. 1994Hagi-TraggerGenrikh Yanovich


  1. 1947The Humpbacked Horsethe chamberlain (voice, uncredited)
  2. 1955The Enchanted BoyRozenbaum (voice)
  3. 1956The Twelve MonthsRaven / Herald / Parrot / February (voices, uncredited)
  4. 1959The Adventures of BuratinoGiuseppe / Clown / Crow (voices)
  5. 1960It Was I Who Drew the Little Manthe Confectioner / Poet (voices)
  6. 1968Film, Film, FilmFilm director (voice)


  1. ^ Умер Георгий Вицин
  2. ^ "Георгий Вицин. Отшельник. Документальный фильм ТВ-Центр". Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  3. ^ a b c In Brief: Beloved Comic Actor Vitsin Dies. Valeria Korchagina. The Moscow Times. p. 4. October 24, 2001.
  4. ^ Вицин, Георгий Михайлович —
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Вицин Георгий Михайлович
  7. ^ Георгий Вицин, или как Трус погубил Гамлета //
  8. ^ "Легендарные кинокомедии". Документальное кино. Первый канал (официальный сайт). Archived from the original on 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2013-06-02.

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