Igor Kvasha

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Igor Kvasha
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Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha
Born Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha
(1933-02-04)4 February 1933
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died 30 August 2012(2012-08-30) (aged 79)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–2012

Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Кваша; 4 February 1933 — 30 August 2012) was a Soviet and Russian theater and film actor. He was a leading actor of Sovremennik Theater. Igor Kvasha was one of the Sovremennik founders along with Galina Volchek, Oleg Yefremov, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev and Oleg Tabakov. He was honored with People's Artist of Russia in 1978.[1]


Igor Kvasha was born in Moscow,[2] the son of scientist Vladimir Ilich Kvasha, of the faculty of Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology. Kvasha graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School, where he was taught by Aleksander Karev. After graduation, he joined the Moscow Art Theater troupe and performed there for two years (1955-1957). In 1957 he started work at the newly established Sovremennik Theater, where he remained.

In his last years, Kvasha hosted the TV talk show Wait for Me (Russian: Zhdi menya/Жди меня) on Russia's Channel One. Kvasha himself acknowledges that he has got there accidentally.

He died in Moscow at the age of 79.

Selected filmography[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • Order For Merit to the Fatherland, 3rd class (30 March 2006) - for outstanding contribution to the development of theatre and many years of creative activity
  • People's Artist of the USSR (1968)
  • By the President of the Russian Federation (25 January 2008) - for his contribution to the development of Russian theater and film [6]
  • National Prize actor Andrei Mironov "Figaro" in the "For Service to the Fatherland theatre"


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