Nikolay Cherkasov

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Nikolay Cherkasov
Никола́й Черка́сов
Cherkasov in Alexander Nevsky, 1938
Nikolay Konstantinovich Cherkasov

(1903-07-27)27 July 1903
Died14 September 1966(1966-09-14) (aged 63)
Resting placeTikhvin Cemetery
Years active1918–1965

Nikolay Konstantinovich Cherkasov (Russian: Никола́й Константи́нович Черка́сов; 27 July [O.S. 14 July] 1903 – 14 September 1966) was a Soviet and Russian actor. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1947.[1]


He was born in Saint Petersburg (later Petrograd in 1914, and Leningrad from 1924 to 1991) into the family of a railway clerk. From 1919 he was a mime artist in Petrograd's Maryinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre, and elsewhere. After graduating from the Institute of Stage Arts in 1926, he began acting in the Young Spectator's Theatre in Leningrad.

Cherkasov debuted in film with the supporting part of hairdresser Charles in Vladimir Gardin’s Pushkin biopic The Poet and the Tsar (1927). Cherkasov was one of Stalin's favorite actors and played title roles in Sergei Eisenstein's monumental sound films Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Parts I & II of Ivan the Terrible (1945 & 1946; though Part II was not officially released until 1958 for political reasons). He also played Jacques Paganel in the memorable 1936 adaptation of Jules Verne's The Children of Captain Grant. In the 1947 comedy Springtime Cherkasov appeared alongside other icons of Stalinist cinema, Lyubov Orlova and Faina Ranevskaya. For the role of Alexander Popov in the film Alexander Popov in 1951, he received a Stalin Prize of the second degree. In 1957, Cherkasov portrayed Don Quixote in director Grigori Kozintsev's screen adaptation of the novel.

Cherkasov's grave, Tikhvin Cemetery, Saint Petersburg

In 1941, Cherkasov was awarded the Stalin Prize; in 1947, he was named a People's Artist of the USSR. He wrote his memoirs, "Notes of a Soviet Actor" in 1951. He died in Leningrad in 1966 and was buried in Tikhvin Cemetery, the "Necropolis of the Masters of Art", at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

The image of Cherkasov in the role of Alexander Nevsky is on the Soviet Order of Alexander Nevsky, because there are no known lifetime portraits of Nevsky.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1927 The Poet and the Tsar Charles, the barber
1928 His Excellency Tall clown
1928 My Son Pat
1929 Luna sleva Kalugin
1929 Rodnoy brat
1930 Vsadniki vetra
1932 Vstrechnyy
1934 Crown Prince of the Republic Waitor
1934 Lyublyu li tebya? Student
1934 Kto tvoy drug
1935 Happiness
1935 Red Army Days Kolka Loshak
1935 Zhenitba Zhana Knukke Captain Hans Pfal
1935 Granitsa
1936 Girl Friends White army Officer
1936 The Children of Captain Grant Jacques Paganel
1937 Baltic Deputy Professor Dmitriy Illarionovich Polezhayev
1937-1938 Pyotr Pervyy (part 1, 2) Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia
1937 Za sovetskuyu rodinu Commander-in-Chief
1938 Treasure Island Billy Bones
1938 Alexander Nevsky Alexander Nevsky
1938 Friends Beta the Ossesian
1939 Lenin in 1918 Maxim Gorky
1940 Kontsert na ekrane Concert MC
1942 The Defense of Tsaritsyn Peasant Uncredited
1942 Yego zovut Sukhe-Bator Baron Ungern
1943 Shestdesyat dney
Ivan the Terrible (part 1, 2) Ivan the Terrible
1947 In the Name of Life Lukich, the attendant
1947 Springtime Arkadi Mikhailovich Gromov, director
1947 Novyy dom Mikhail Kostousov akademik
1947 Pirogov Lyadov
1949 Ivan Pavlov Maxim Gorky
1949 Alexander Popov Alexander Popov
1949 The Battle of Stalingrad (part 1, 2) Franklin D. Roosevelt
1949 Schastlivogo plavaniya kapitan Levashov
1950 Mussorgsky Stasov, the critic
1953 Rimsky-Korsakov
1955 They Knew Mayakovsky Mayakovsky
1957 Don Quixote Don Quixote
1963 Vsyo ostayotsya lyudyam akademik Fyodor Dronov
1965 Tretya molodost Gedeonov


  1. ^ Richard Taylor, Nancy Wood, Julian Graffy, Dina Iordanova (2019). The BFI Companion to Eastern European and Russian Cinema. Bloomsbury. p. 1967. ISBN 978-1838718497.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Житие благоверного супермена". 21 October 2013

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