Leonid Yakubovich

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Leonid Yakubovich
Leonid Yakubovich Moscow 2010.jpg
Born Leonid Arkadyevich Yakubovich
(1945-07-31) July 31, 1945 (age 70)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Occupation Actor, Television host
Years active 1980–present
Awards Order of Friendship, People's Artist of Russia

Leonid Arkadyevich Yakubovich PAR (Russian: Леонид Аркадьевич Якубович, born 31 July 1945) is a Russian actor and television host, best known for hosting the game show Pole Chudes (the Russian version of the Wheel of Fortune, literally, Field of Wonders). Over the years, Leonid Yakubovich has been parodied on a YouTube show Kal-Show Sueydisnilyu (Сэйдиснилю).[1] Yakubovich is one of the most well-known television and internet personalities in Russia.

In his youth, Yakubovich sought a practical profession, and studied metal craftsmanship. After finishing his education, he went to work at ZIL as a heat-gas technician. In college, Yakubovich started performing in the Russian KVN show.

In the 1980s he became a freelance satire writer and actor, and even played in the Russian children's "film-magazine" Yeralash. Even so, Yakubovich was not considered experienced enough for regular work in television until in 1991 he accepted Vladislav Listyev's proposal to host Pole Chudes. Listyev was previously a mentor to Yakubovich, and helped sharpen his acting skills, among others.