Mikhail Ivanovich Pugovkin (Russian: Михаи́л Ива́нович Пу́говкин July 13, 1923, Rameshki, Chukhlomsky District of Kostroma Oblast - July 25, 2008, Moscow) 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.
Pugovkin died on July 25, 2008 in his house in Moscow. He was buried on July 29 at Vagankovo Cemetery.
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