Vardan Petrosyan (born February 27, 1959; Armenian: Վարդան Պետրոսյան) is an Armenian actor, scriptwriter, and parodist. He is based in Paris and Yerevan and holds a dual Armenian and French citizenship. Petrosyan is widely considered one of the greatest contemporary Armenian actors, touching various issues such as the Armenian genocide, Armenian politics and foreign affairs in his performances.
Vardan Petrosyan was born on February 27, 1959, in Yerevan, Soviet Armenia. He graduated from the Terlemezian Art College in 1983. His father died in 1981, when he was 22 years old. After a two-year service in the Soviet Army, he returned to Yerevan in 1985 to establish—with Vahram Sahakian—the private theatre studio called Vozniner (Ոզնիներ, "Hedgehogs"). Between 1988 and 1992, when the Karabakh movement was in progress, Petrosyan wrote and staged several politically motivated performances. Until 1997, he played in short and feature films. Due to the harsh economic conditions in Armenia, Petrosyan moved to Paris in 1992. He appeared in several French plays.
Beginning in 2000, Vardan Petrosyan has been mainly performing one-man shows on various politics and social issues. Besides Armenia, he has also performed for the Armenian diaspora communities in the United States, France, Canada, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Russia, etc.
2013 car accident
On October 20, 2013, Vardan Petrosyan got into a car accident on Yerevan-Yeghvard highway, where two sixteen-year-old boys died and four others were injured, including Petrosyan. After being treated in a Yerevan hospital, on November 9, Petrosyan was charged with "negligent breach of traffic rules, which causes death" and was taken into custody. The court rejected pleas to have him released on bail, despite a petition that eventually garnered 11,000 signatures. Petrosyan pleaded not guilty on January 26, 2015. He was sentenced to five years in prison on January 29, 2015, by a lower court in Kotayk Province. Petrosyan was released on September 2, 2015, and will serve the rest of his punishment outside prison. Early released in March 2017.
Performances and filmography
|The Latest Tango in Paris||Ամենավերջին տանգոն Փարիզում||1992||featuring Vahram Sahakian|
|The Latest Tango in Paris-2||Ամենավերջին տանգոն Փարիզում-2||1998||featuring Vahram Sahakian|
|Our End||Մեր վերջը||1999|
|Playing 1700||Խաղում ենք 1700||2001|
|In the fire||Կրակի մեջ||2004|
|Love and Hatred||Սեր և ատելություն||2008|
|What to do?||Ի՞նչ անել||2008|
|The Lifers||Ցմահ բանտարկյալներ||2009|
|Jokes of Fate||Ճակատագրի կատակներ||2010|
|Ladies and gentlemen, 50/50||Պարոնայք 50-50||2012|
|Every Monday||Ամեն 2շաբթի||2013|
- Abrahamyan, Gayane (29 August 2003). "A Life of Laughs: The blazing career of Vardan Petrosyan". ArmeniaNow. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Վարդան Պետրոսյան [Vardan Petrosyan]" (in Armenian). AV Production.
- "Vardan Petrosyan". ArmeniaNow. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- Hovhannisyan, Irina (14 November 2013). Վարդան Պետրոսյանի փաստաբանը դիմել է նրան ազատ արձակելու հարցով (in Armenian). Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Armenian Service. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
...Վարդան Պետրոսյանի Ֆրանսիայի քաղաքացի լինելը...
- ՎԱՐԴԱՆ ՊԵՏՐՈՍՅԱՆ. «Բոլոր տիպի վերելքները սկսվում են հոգու մաքրությունից». Orer (in Armenian). Prague, Czech Republic. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
...իր ստեղծագործական կյանքում հասցրել է կյանքի կոչել մեր ժամանակների ամենատաղանդավոր հայ արվեստագետներից մեկը` Վարդան Պետրոսյանը:
- "Armenian actor Vardan Petrosyan charged over fatal crash". 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Mejlumyan, Zaruhi (13 November 2013). "11,000 Sign Petition to Revoke Detention of Vardan Petrosyan". Hetq. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- "Armenian court rejects petition to change Vardan Petrosyan's restraining order". news.am. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Vardan Petrosyan Case: Armenian actor sentenced to jail in vehicular manslaughter trial". ArmeniaNow. 29 January 2015.
- "Armenian Court Sentences Vardan Petrosyan to Five Years". Hetq Online. 29 January 2015.
- "Famous Armenian actor released from jail". news.am. 2 September 2015.
- "Armenian actor Vardan Petrosyan released from jail". A1plus. 2 September 2015.
- Վարդան Պետրոսյանն ազատ է արձակվել (in Armenian)
- (in Armenian) «ՈԶՆԻՆԵՐ»-ի տեսաֆիլմերը in Vraert.com :: Official website of Vahram Sahakian
- Our Finale (Video 1999) - imdb.com