He was born in Telavi, Georgia. Malyan's uncle was famous actor David Malyan. He studied chess at an early age, along with Tigran Petrosian. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a draftsman and designer at a factory in Tbilisi. In 1951 he concluded studies in film direction from the Yerevan Theatre Institute (Ереванский художественно-театральный институт). Between 1951 and 1954, he was a director at various theaters in Armenia. In 1953, he graduated from the Moscow Theatre Institute. From 1954 on he worked with the film studio Armenfilm.
In 1980 he founded the Henrik Malyan Theatre-Studio for stage works.
- As director unless noted.
- Guys from the Army Band (1961)
- Road to the Stage (1963)
- Mr. Jacques and Others (1966, "The Sham Informer" segment)
- Triangle (1967)
- We and Our Mountains (1970)
- Father (1973)
- Life Triumphs (Nahapet; 1977, also writer)
- A Piece of Sky (1980, also writer)
- Gikor (1982, writer)
- A Drop of Honey (1984, also writer)
- White Dreams (1985, writer)
- Yearning (1990, writer)
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