Oleg Yefremov

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Oleg Nikolayevich Yefremov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Ефре́мов, October 1, 1927, Moscow, Soviet Union – May 24, 2000, Moscow, Russia) was a Soviet/Russian actor and Moscow Art Theatre producer. People's Artist of the USSR (1976), Hero of Socialist Labour (1987).

In 1949 he graduated from Moscow Art Theatre School-Studio and became an actor and later a producer of the Central Children Theater, started teaching at School-Studio by himself.

Oleg Yefremov debuted as a film actor in the melodrama The First Echelon (Pervyy eshelon) in 1955. Since then he was regularly into filming, and his every appearance on screen turned to be a real event for millions of spectators. Some of his most remarkable roles are those in the films The Quick and the Dead (Zhivye i myortvye) (1964), melodrama Three Poplars in Plyushcikha (Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe) (1967), Shine, Shine, My Star (Gori, gori, moya zvezda) (1969), comedies Aybolit-66 (1966), and Beware of the Car (Beregis avtomobilya) (1966).

In 1956, having gathered around himself students and graduates of the School-Studio, both his coevals and pupils, Oleg Yefremov organized the Studio of Young Actors (subsequently — the Moscow famous Sovremennik Theater and became its first director. Since 1970 he was an actor and a Chief Producer of the Moscow Art Theatre named after Maxim Gorky. In 1976 the actor became a Professor of Moscow Art Theatre School-Studio.

Oleg Yefremov was married to Sovremennik Theatre actress Alla Pokrovskaya. Their son Mikhail is also an actor.

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