Sergey Filippov

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Sergey Nikolayevich Filippov
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Filippov in For Soviet Motherland, 1937
Born (1912-06-24)24 June 1912
Saratov, Russian Empire
Died 19 April 1990(1990-04-19) (aged 77)
Leningrad, USSR (present-day St. Petersburg, Russia)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–89
Awards People's Artist of the RSFSR (1974)

Sergey Nikolayevich Filippov (Russian: Серге′й Никола′евич Фили′ппов, 24 June 1912, Saratov, Russian Empire - 19 April 1990, Leningrad, USSR (present-day St. Petersburg, Russia)) was a Soviet film and theatre actor, best known for his parts in films Adventures of Korzinkina (1941), The Night Patrol (1957) and the adaptation of Ilf and Petrov's classic The Twelve Chairs (1971), which granted him the People's Artist of the RSFSR title in 1974.[1][2]


Filippov was born in Saratov. His father was a factory turner, his mother a dressmaker. Expelled from school for bad behaviour (involving, reportedly, dangerous experiments in the cabinet of a chemistry teacher), he tried several jobs (a baker’s boy, a carpenter, a turner) before joining a ballet studio, which in 1929 sent him to Moscow for further education.

Filippov enrolled into the recently formed Popular Music and Circus college which he graduated in 1933 to join the Moscow Ballet and Opera Theatre troupe. The heart problem forced Filippov to drop out, though; soon he found himself in the Saint Petersburg Comedy Theatre, led by Nikolai Akimov, where he became one of the leading actors.[1][2]

Career in film[edit]

Rodionov in The Judgement Day, Leningrad Comedy Theatre, 1939

In 1937 Sergey Filippov made his debut on big screen, playing a Finnish soldier in For Soviet Motherland. 1939-1940 saw Filippov cast in several major movies, playing an enemy saboteur (Zarkhi and Kheifits' Member of the Government), provision store wrecker in Kozintsev and Trauberg's The Vyborg Side, a railroad worker in Arinka by Kosheverova and Muzykant, a sailor anarchist in Sergey Yutkevich's Yakov Sverdlov.[2] Both directors and critics praised Filippov's improvisational talent as well as plasticity and physical strength, which allowed him to perform dangerous stunts with ease.[2]

The cultural climate in the late-1941 USSR was hardly conducive for eccentric comedy, yet Klimenty Mints's Adventures of Korzinkina with Yanina Zhejmo in the lead, became hugely popular. Filippov's part (that of a reciter, performing Lermontov's Death of Gladiator on stage, while tormented by a mouse inside his jacket) was small but unforgettable. Sergey Yutkevich in one of his articles called the actor 'an ideal buffoon'.[citation needed]

In the 1940s Filippov created a gallery of crooks, loafers and eccentrics on screen. Well-versed in the history of film, he never copied his favourite comics. "I usually play the Soviet people, my contemporaries, so in each character I look for a social motif," he once said. One of his best-known parts of the time was that of a crooked shop director Polzikov in Night Patrol.[2]

Ostap and Kisa. Cheboksary

Mid-1950s saw another rise in Filippov's popularity. His parts were small but memorable: silly and arrogant Almazov in The Tiger Trainer, absurdly dull Znanie lecturer in Eldar Ryazanov's Carnival Night, two-faced official Komarinsky in The Girl Without Address. In retrospect critics deplored the unadventurous way Filippov's comical gift had been exploited by directors, who often used his very presence to save otherwise mediocre scenes or films. According to actress Lyubov Tishchenko, Filippov's major grievance in his latter years was never having received a tragic role he was craving for. "I even cried as I learned that it was Yuri Nikulin who'd got the lead in When the Trees Were Tall", he once reportedly said.[2][3]

In 1965 Filippov underwent a brain tumor removal. He continued to work with the same fervent zeal, though. In 1971, he starred as Kisa Vorobyaninov, next to Archil Gomiashvili's Ostap Bender in Leonid Gaiday's highly popular adaptation of Ilf and Petrov's The Twelve Chairs. This proved to be the peak of his career. In 1974 the actor was awarded the People's Artist of the RSFSR title.[2]


In the 1980s Filippov's health began to decline. After his second wife, Antonina Golubeva, who was thirteen years his senior, died in 1989, he was left alone, disabled and destitute. Filippov died of lung cancer on or around 19 April 1990, aged 77. His body was not discovered until two weeks later. Lenfilm refused to subsidise any funeral service and (according to fellow comedy star Evgeny Morgunov) it was Alexander Demyanenko who personally collected the sum needed. Filippov was interred in Saint Petersburg Severnoye Cemetery.[2][3][4]

Private life[edit]

Filippov's first wife was the ballet dancer Alevtina Gorinovich, with whom he fathered a son, Yuri Sergeyevich Filippov. In the early 1950s, soon after his first marriage ended in divorce, Filippov remarried, to Antonina Golubeva (1899–1989), a children writer.[3][4]


  • For Soviet Motherland (Za sovetskuyu Rodinu, 1937, Finnish soldier)
  • The Volochyaev Days (Volochayevskiye dni, 1937, partizan)
  • The Vyborg Side (Vyborgskaya storona, 1938, storehouse wrecker)
  • Arinka (1939, old railroad worker)
  • Stanitsa Dalnyaya (1939, a cossack)
  • Yakov Sverdlov (1940, sailor anarchist)
  • Member of the Government (Tchlen pravitelstva, 1940, a saboteur)
  • Musical Story (Muzykalnaya istoriya, 1940, Babashkin)
  • Adventures of Korzinkina (Priklyucheniya Korzinkinoi, 1941, fisherman/the reciter
  • We Are from Ural (Mui s Urala, 1943, Sergey Stepanovich)
  • The New Adventures of Švejk (1943, the German corporal)
  • Kashchey Bessmertny (1944, executioner)
  • Hello, Moscow! (Zdravstvuy, Moskva, 1945, bayanist Brykin)
  • The Busy Estate (Bespokoynoye khozyaistvo, 1946, Krauss, the German spy)
  • Cinderella (Zolushka, 1947, the corporal/the fast walker)
  • Light Over Russia (Svet nad Rossiyei, 1947, the black market trader)
  • Konstantin Zaslonov (1949, Kurt)
  • We've Met Somewhere (Mui s vami gde-to vstrechalis, 1954, a man in the atelier)
  • The Tiger Trainer (Ukrotitelnitsa tigrov, 1954, Almazov, the tiger tamer)
  • The Substitute Player (Zapasnoi igrok, 1954, the jealous husband)
  • The Dirk (Kortik, 1954, Filin)
  • The Twelfth Night (Dvenadtsataya notch, 1955, Fabian)
  • Carnival Night (Karnavalnaya notch, 1956, Nikolayev, the Znanie society lecturer)
  • Honeymoon (Medovy mesyats, 1956, the ferry man)
  • Different Fates (Raznye sudby, 1956, Kostya, the driver)
  • Three Hundred Years Ago (Trista let tomu..., 1956, the monk)
  • The Girl Without Address (Devushka bez adresa, 1957, Komarinsky, the head of the office)
  • The Night Patrol (Notchnoi patrul, 1957, Polzikov, the shop director)
  • The Street Full Of Surprises (Ulitsa polna neoznidannostei, 1957, the militia man)
  • The Storm (1957, Vilentchuk)
  • The Friend (Druzhok, 1957, the crook)
  • The Girl With Guitar (Devushka s gitaroi, 1958, the dogs trainer)
  • On the Other Side (Po tu storonu, 1958, Maiba)
  • Oleko Dundich (1958, the White army man)
  • Chauffeur by Default (Shofyor ponevole, 1958, Savrasov, the driver)
  • The Unamenables (Nepoddayushchiesya, 1959, the militia man)
  • Rather Than 100 Rubles (Ne imei sto rublei, 1959, the hotel administrator)
  • Beware, the Babushka! (Ostorozno, babushka, 1960, the forester)
  • How Robinson Was Created (Kak sozdavalsya Robinzon, 1961, the writer)
  • The Devil Dozen (Tchortova dyuzhina, 1961, the passenger)
  • The Main Road (Bolshaya doroga, 1962, the town mayor)
  • Tcheryomushki (1962, Mylkin, the neighbour)
  • The Serf Actress (Krepostnaya aktrisa, Eppidifor, the house manager)
  • The Little Hare (Zaitchik, 1964, theatre director)
  • The Adventures of Tolya Klyukvin (Priklyutcheniya Toli Klyukvina, 1964, the house council accountant)
  • The Foreign Woman (Inostranka, 1965, Abdulla)
  • The Sleeping Lion (Spyashchi lev, 1965, the deputy director)
  • The Kookie (Stryapukha, 1965, the market crook)
  • The Last of the Crooks (Posledny zhulik, 1966, the warden)
  • Beware of the Car (Beregis avtomobilya, 1966, the audience member)
  • The New Adventures of the Elusive Avengers (Novye priklyucheniya neulovimykh, 1968, Koshkin, the apothecary)
  • The Snow Maiden (Snegurotchka, 1968, Bermyata)
  • Don’t You Sulk! (Ne Goryui!, 1968, hairdresser)
  • The Old Acquaintance (Stary znakomy, 1969, lecturer Nikodimov)
  • The Twelve Chairs (Dvenadtsat stulyev, 1971, Ippolit Matveevich Vorobyaninov)
  • The 12 Surprises (Dvenadtsat neozhidannostey, 1971, Dima Kurochkin)
  • The Shadow (Tenh, 1971, the First Minister)
  • The Big Amber (Bolshoi yantar, 1971, the orchestra conductor)
  • Tobacco Captain (Tabachny kapitan, 1972, Karpiy Smurov, the merchant)
  • Have You Loved Somebody? (A vy lyubili kogda-nibud?, 1973, doctor Mikhail Mikhaylovich/Olga Vasylievna)
  • Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Profession (Ivan Vasilyevich menyaet professiyu, 1973, the Swedish ambassador)
  • Tsarevich Prosha (1974, ataman)
  • This Cannot Be! (Ne mozhet byt, 1975, singer at the wedding)
  • Au-u! (1975, King Ababua)
  • Apples As Usual (Yabloko kak yabloko, 1975, the specialist)
  • The Funny Dream or Laughter Through Tears (Vesyoloye snovidenie ili Smekh skvoz slyozy, 1976, Unuilio VII, the Chess King)
  • Songs Under Clouds (Pesni nad oblakami, 1976, the brigadier)
  • Ivanushka the Fool in Search of a Miracle (Kak Ivanushka-durachok za tchudom khodil, 1976, the foreign healer)
  • The Blocade (Blokada, 1977, Vasily Gubarev)
  • Incognito from St. Petersburg (Inkignito iz Peterburga, 1977, Osip)
  • Die Fledermaus (Letuchaya mysh, 1979, the forester)
  • Borrowing Matchsticks (Za spitchkami, 1980, Khuvyarinen)
  • The Comedy of Days Long Past (Komediya davno minuvshikh dnei, 1980, Kisa Vorobyaninov, lecturer Nekadilov)
  • The Mystery Old Man (Tainstvenny starik, 1980, Tchikildeev)
  • Where’s Fomenko Gone? (Kuda ischez Fomenko?, 1981, Alina’s father)
  • In Rhythms of Old (V starykh ritmakh, 1982, the chief criminal police inspector)
  • The Donkey's Hide (Oslinaya shkura, 1982, the court man)
  • Sportloto-82 (1982, the station chief)
  • And Then Came Bumbo (I vot prishol Bumbo, 1984, schprechstalmeister)
  • Dangerous for Your Life! (Opasno dlya zhizni!, 1985, delicate visitor)
  • The Tale of a House-Painter in Love (Skazka pro vlyublyonnovo malyara, 1987, the chief wiseman)
  • Heart of a Dog (Sobachye serdtse, 1988, Professor Preobrazhensky's patient)


  1. ^ a b "Filippov, Sergey Nikolayevich". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Filippov, Sergey Nikolayevich". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Sergey Filippov profile,; accessed 24 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Любимый актер Гайдая умер от безумия,; accessed 25 August 2017.

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