Tabakov in 2010
Oleg Pavlovich Tabakov
17 August 1935
|Died||12 March 2018 (aged 82)|
|Occupation||Actor, theatre director, pedagogue|
|Title||People's Artist of the USSR (1988)|
(m. 1960; div. 1994)
Tabakov was born in Saratov into a family of doctors. His paternal great-grandfather, Ivan Ivanovich Utin, came from serfs and was raised in a wealthy peasant family under the Tabakov surname. His grandfather, Kondratiy Tabakov, worked as a locksmith in Saratov where he built himself a house and married a local commoner Anna Konstantinovna Matveeva. Oleg's father, Pavel Kondratievich Tabakov, worked at the State Regional Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology "Microbe" in Saratov.
His maternal grandfather, Andrei Frantzevich Piontkovsky, was a Polish nobleman who owned lands in the Podolia Governorate and married a local villager, Olga Terentievna (surname unknown). Oleg's mother, Maria Andreevna Berezovskaya (née Piontkovskaya), was a radiologist. She had a daughter Mirra from the previous marriage to Gugo Goldstern, a high-ranking Soviet functionary and intelligence officer killed in the line of duty.
During the Great Patriotic War, Oleg's father volunteered for the frontline and served aboard a hospital train while his mother was evacuated to Ural along with children where she also worked in a military hospital. After the war, the parents separated.
Tabakov studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Upon graduating, he became one of the founding fathers of the Sovremennik Theatre. He administrated the Sovremennik until 1982, when he moved to the Moscow Art Theatre, where he has played Molière and Salieri for over 20 years. In 1986, Tabakov persuaded his students to form the Tabakov Studio attached to the Moscow Art Theatre. Several notable Russian actors, including Yevgeny Mironov, Sergey Bezrukov, Vladimir Mashkov, Andrey Smolyakov and Alexandre Marine, studied at the studio. Tabakov also worked in numerous foreign countries, spreading his theatre's ideals abroad.
Tabakov's movie career paralleled the theatrical. He was featured in Grigori Chukhrai's Clear Skies (1961), Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace (1966–67), TV series Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973) and D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978), the Academy Award-winning Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (1980), Nikita Mikhalkov's Oblomov (1981) and Dark Eyes (1986), and the mock red western A Man from the Boulevard des Capuchines (1987), among others.
Tabakov has lent his distinctive, purr-like voice to a number of animated characters, including the talking cat Matroskin in Three from Prostokvashino and its sequels. After the Matroskin role, he dubbed the character of Garfield into Russian in the feature film Garfield.
In March 2014, he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. In September 2014, Tabakov claimed that Crimea has no relation to Ukraine and upbraided Ukrainians for discussing it: "But all happened fairly. If our Ukrainian brothers were smarter, they would not discuss that topic. They had to say: "Forgive us for God's sake! We had encroached the gravy train." Because Crimea has no relation to dependent, nor independent Ukraine." Crimea is, since March 2014, under dispute by Russia and Ukraine.
Honours and awards
- USSR State Prize (1967)
- State Prize of the Russian Federation (1997)
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
- 1st class (17 August 2010) - for outstanding contributions to the development of domestic theatrical art and many years of creative activity
- 2nd class (17 August 2005) - for outstanding contribution to the development of theatrical art, and many years of creative activity
- 3rd class (23 October 1998) - for many years of fruitful work in the field of theatrical art, and in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Moscow Art Theatre
- 4th class (29 June 2015)
- Order of Friendship of Peoples (10 November 1993) - for his great personal contribution to the development of theatrical art, and training qualified personnel for theatre and film
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1982)
- Order of the Badge of Honour (1967)
- People's Artist of the RSFSR (1977)
- People's Artist of the USSR (1988)
- Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts (8 October 2008)
- Golden Mask Award (1995)
- Seagull Theatre Prize
- Crystal Turandot award
- Presidential Award for Literature and the Arts (2003)
- Moscow Komsomol Prize (1967)
- Moscow Mayor's Award for Literature and the Arts (1997)
- Diploma of the Moscow City Duma (2008)
- Medal "For Valiant Labour" (Tatarstan)
- Honorary Citizen of the Saratov Oblast
- Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 3rd class (2005)
- Sasha Enters Life (1956) as Sasha
- Case of Motley (1958) as Igor Peresvetov
- The Buzzy Day (1960) as Oleg
- Clear Skies (1961) as Sergey
- The Alive and the Dead (1964) as Krutikov
- War and Peace (1966–67) as Nikolai Rostov
- Shine, Shine, My Star (Gori, gori, moya zvezda) (1969) as Iskremas/Cuckoo
- The Secret of the Iron Door (1970)
- Property of the Republic (1971) as Makar Ovchinnikov
- Seventeen Instants of Spring (TV series) (1973) as Walter Schellenberg
- Mark Twain Says No (TV movie) (1975) as Mark Twain
- An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (1975) as Shcherbuk
- Lone Wolf (1977)
- D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978) as King Louis XIII
- Three from Prostokvashino (1978) as Matroskin the Cat (voice)
- Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (1980) as Vladimir, Katerina's lover
- Oblomov (1981) as Ilya Ilyich Oblomov
- Good Bye, Mary Poppins (TV movie) (1983) as Miss Andrew
- After the Rain, on Thursday (1985) as Koschei the Immortal
- Dark Eyes (1986)
- A Man from the Boulevard des Capuchines (1987) as Harry
- Three Stories (1997)
- Yesenin (TV series) (2005) as General Simagin
- The State Counsellor (2005) as Prince Dolgoroukoy
- Relatives (2006)
- Ilya Muromets and Solovey Razboynik (2007) as Vasilevs (voice)
- Buratino's Return (2013) as Mr. Baskara (voice)
- Genzlinger, Neil (23 March 2018). "Oleg Tabakov, Revered Russian Actor and Teacher, Is Dead at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
- Oleg Tabakov, Anatoly Smelyanskiy (2000). My Real Life. — Moscow: Eksmo-Press, pp. 22—48 ISBN 5-04-005401-7 (Autobiography)
- Interview at Echo of Moscow, 11 September 2004 (in Russian)
- Stage Worker interview from the Itogy magazine №36, 6 September 2010 ISSN 1027-3964 (in Russian)
- "Олег Табаков – о Путине, который вне конкуренции". Radio Liberty. 6 February 2012.
- "Деятели культуры России — в поддержку позиции Президента по Украине и Крыму". Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014.
- Табаков ждет от «украинцев-халявщиков» извинений за Крым (in Russian). DePo. 9 September 2014
- Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
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