Mikhail Pugovkin

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Mikhail Pugovkin
Born (1923-07-13)13 July 1923
Died 25 July 2008(2008-07-25) (aged 85)
Nationality Russian
Occupation Actor

Mikhail Ivanovich Pugovkin (Russian: Михаи́л Ива́нович Пу́говкин;[1] July 13, 1923, Rameshki, Chukhlomsky District of Kostroma Oblast - July 25, 2008, Moscow) (aged 85) was a Soviet/Russian comic actor named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1988.

He studied in the Moscow Art Theatre school under Ivan Moskvin, took part in World War II and, following demobilisation, was featured in the 1944 all-star cast adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Wedding. Another step to stardom was the 1967 comedy Wedding in Malinovka.

Pugovkin went on to appear in more than 100 films. His roles in Leonid Gaidai's comedies, such as Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures (1965), Twelve Chairs (1971), Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) and Borrowing Matchsticks (1980) made him one of the most popular comedians of the former Soviet Union.

Pugovkin lived in Yalta, Crimea before moving to Moscow in 1999. A statue of Father Fyodor from The Twelve Chairs portrayed by Pugovkin was unveiled in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 2005.[2]

Pugovkin died on July 25, 2008 in his house in Moscow. He was buried on July 29 at Vagankovo Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Visit to Minotaur Stepan Melnik
1982 Sportloto-82 San Sanych Murashko
1980 Borrowing Matchsticks chief of Police
1975 Finest, the brave Falcon Voyevoda
It Can't Be! Gorbushkin
1973 Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future film director Yakin
1971 The Twelve Chairs Father Fyodor
1968 Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes Tsar
1967 Wedding in Malinovka Yashka the Gunner
1965 Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures Pavel Stepanovich
1965 Give me a complaints book neighbour
1964 The First Day of Freedom
1961 The Girls Commandant
1959 Ivan Brovkin on the State Farm Zahar Silich Peryoshkin
1956 Ilya Muromets Razumey
1955 Private Ivan Zahar Silich Peryoshkin
1954 True Friends club entertainer
1953 Attack from the Sea Piroshkov

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