Mikhail Yefremov (actor)

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Mikhail Yefremov
Mikhail Yefremov
Yefremov in 2013
Born (1963-11-10) 10 November 1963 (age 60)
Years active1976 — 2020

Mikhail Olegovich Yefremov (Russian: Михаи́л Оле́гович Ефре́мов; born 10 November 1963) is a Russian film and stage actor, Meritorious Artist of Russian Federation (1995).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Mikhail is the son of People's Artist of the USSR Oleg Yefremov and Sovremennik Theatre actor Professor Alla Pokrovskaya (Boris Pokrovsky's daughter).[2] He made his stage and screen debut in mid 1970s as schoolboy. In 1982-1984 Yefremov served in Soviet Army. In 1987 he graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School.[2]

Yefremov was married four times and he has six children. His first wife was the editor Asya Vorobieva, their son Nikita is a Sovremennik Theatre actor. His second wife was the actress Yevgenia Dobrovolskaya, their son Nikolay is also an actor.[2] His third wife was actress Kseniya Kachalina, they have a daughter Anna-Maria. His fourth wife is audio engineer Sofiya Kruglikova, they have daughters Vera and Nadezhda, and son Boris.[2]

In 2009-2014, Yefremov presented Channel One show Wait for Me, dedicated to search of long lost relatives and friends.

In 2010's he collaborated with Dmitry Bykov on their project "Citizen Poet" (a pun on Nikolai Nekrasov's poem "Poet and Citizen").[2] Yefremov read poems, written by Bykov, which are usually satirical comments on the contemporary Russian society, politics and culture. Each poem parodies the style of a famous poet of the past, e.g. Pushkin, Nekrasov, Kipling, among others. It was originally broadcast on Dozhd TV channel, but the original project was closed because the poems were too critical towards the Russian government. Currently, the show is hosted in audio format by Echo of Moscow radio station.

On 8 June 2020, Yefremov was involved in a head-on collision while driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver of the other car died in the hospital. A video of Yefremov speaking to the police in a slurred manner after the accident was widely published.[3] The accident affected Yefremov's health, causing him to suffer an ischemic stroke during court proceedings.[4] On September 8, 2020, Yefremov was sentenced to 8 years in a medium-security prison, as well as obligated to pay 800,000 rubles (around $10,000) in restitution to the family of the deceased driver.[5] His lawyer, Elman Pashaev, has been banned from practicing law for one year. On appeal, Yefremov's sentence was reduced to 7.5 years.

Prior to the incident, Yefremov was set to star in the Russian detective/fantasy series Vampiry Sredney Polosy (Вампиры средней полосы, Vampires of Central Russia). Afterwards, the entire series was redone with actor Yuri Stoyanov and all traces of Yefremov's participation were wiped from the series.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Original Title Role
1979 When I Will Become a Giant Когда я стану великаном Petya Kopeykin
1991 Viva Gardes-Marines! Виват, гардемарины! Pyotr Fyodorovich
2000 The Romanovs: An Imperial Family Романовы. Венценосная семья Alexander Kerensky
2002 Antikiller Антикиллер Banker
2002 In Motion В движении Vovan
2004 Moscow Saga Московская сага party organizer of the medical institute
2005 The 9th Company 9 рота Dembel
2005 The State Counsellor Статский советник Mylnikov
2006 Nobody Knows About Sex Никто не знает про секс Kesha's dad
2006 Piranha Охота на пиранью Dorokhov
2007 12 12 8th Juror
2007 Election Day День выборов Father Innokenty
2007 Paragraph 78 Параграф 78 Prison commander
2007 Actress Артистка Gusyatnikov
2007 The Irony of Fate 2 Ирония судьбы. Продолжение Ded Moroz
2009 The Best Movie 2 Самый лучший фильм 2 Sailor's father
2009 Attack on Leningrad Ленинград Omelchenko
2009 The Book of Masters Книга мастеров The bogatyr
2010 Love in the Big City 2 Любовь в большом городе 2 coach
2011 Generation P Generation П Leonid (Legion) Azadovsky
2012 Soulless Духless Alexey Alexeyevich Kondratov
2012 Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon Ржевский против Наполеона Leo Tolstoy
2013 The Thaw Оттепель Fyodor Krivitsky
2015 About Love Про любовь groom
2016 The Good Boy Хороший мальчик Vladimir Dronov
2020 Goalkeeper of the Galaxy Вратарь Галактики Vasiliy
2021 Upon the Magic Roads Конёк-горбунок Tsar (voiced by Sergey Burunov); Filmed in 2018


  1. ^ "УКАЗ Президента РФ от 17.03.1995 N 284 "О ПРИСВОЕНИИ ПОЧЕТНЫХ ЗВАНИЙ РОССИЙСКОЙ ФЕДЕРАЦИИ ТВОРЧЕСКИМ РАБОТНИКАМ"". Kremlin.ru. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Михаил Ефремов - актер театра и кино, режиссер - биография | Последние новости жизни звезд 7Дней.ру". 7Дней.ру.
  3. ^ Russian actor facing up to 12 years in prison following fatal car crash in Moscow
  4. ^ "Russian Actor And Kremlin Critic Yefremov's Trial Postponed Again Due To His Hospitalization". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.
  5. ^ "Суд вынес приговор Михаилу Ефремову. Онлайн-репортаж". 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ Zaïka, Vasily. "Юрий Стоянов заменит Михаила Ефремова в сериале" [Yuri Stoyanov will replace Mikhail Yefremov in the show Vampires of Central Russia]. 5TV (in Russian). Retrieved 7 November 2021.

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