Vitaly Solomin

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Vitaly Solomin
Born (1941-12-12)12 December 1941
Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai, RSFSR, USSR
Died 27 May 2002(2002-05-27) (aged 60)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Actor, theatre director
Years active 1964–2002

Vitaly Mefodievich Solomin (Russian: Виталий Мефодьевич Соломин; 12 December 1941 – 27 May 2002[1]) was a Soviet and Russian actor, director and screenwriter. He was the younger brother of Yury Solomin.

Biography[edit]

Vitaly Solomin was born in 1941 in Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai, USSR, to a family of professional musicians.[2] From childhood he was fascinated by music and learned to play the piano. On leaving school he went to Moscow and in 1959 he entered Shchepkin's drama school. He studied in the class of Nikolay Annenkov.

While a student, Vitaly rehearsed and performed at the Maly Theatre. After finishing the school he became an actor at this theater.

In the 1960s Vitaly Solomin began to appear in films. He debuted in 1963 in 1 Newton street. His first big role was as Kirill in the 1966 film Elder sister.

Vitaly Solomin shot to fame after playing the leading role as Cossack Roman in the epic film Dauria (1971) where he worked with his brother Yuri Solomin and other Russian stars, such as Yefim Kopelyan, Viktor Pavlov and Vasili Shukshin.[3]

During the 1980s his performances in films directed by Igor Maslennikov were especially successful. Most famous of these was his role as Dr. John H. Watson in a series of films about Sherlock Holmes (1979—1986). In 1982 Maslennikov invited him to play the role of Count Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's story. His work in the serial Winter cherries was very successful.

From 1 September 1986 to September 1989 Solomin worked in the Mossovet Theater. There he acted in a play based on Viktor Astafiev's Sad detective. In 1991 he returned to the Maly Theatre and staged Aleksandr Ostrovsky's Savage, playing the role of Ashmetiev.

Solomin wrote the screenplay for and directed the 1994 film The Hunt.

On 4 November 1974 he received the title of Honoured Artist of the RSFSR, and on 3 February 1992 of People's Artist of Russia. In April 2002 Vitaly Solomin suffered a stroke which proved to be fatal; he died on 27 May 2002 and is interred in Vagankovo Cemetery.

Private life[edit]

Vitaly Solomin's first wife was the actress Natalia Rudnaya. The marriage soon fell apart. On October 28, 1970, he married the actress Maria Solomina (née Leonidova). In 1974 they had a daughter Anastasia, and in May 1984 - a daughter Elizaveta.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year English Title Original Title Role
1964 I Am Twenty Мне двадцать лет Uncredited
The Chairman Председатель Valyozhin, surgeon
1966 Women Женщины Zhenya Bednov
Older sister Старшая сестра Kirill
1967 Tough Nut Крепкий орешек Lieutenant Ivan Groznykh
The Kingdom of Women Бабье царство Kostya Lubentsov
1969 To the New Shores (teleplay) К новым берег Modest Mussorgsky
1970 Hail, Mary! Салют, Мария! Seva Chudreev
1971 Dauria Даурия Roman Ulybin
1972 Here's My Village (mini-series) Вот моя деревня Dmitri Nikolaevich, school principal
1978 Siberiade Сибириада Nikolai Ustyuzhanin
1979 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Шерлок Холмс и доктор Ватсон Dr. Watson
1980 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Приключения Шерлока Холмса и доктора Ватсона Dr. Watson
1981 The Hound of the Baskervilles Собака Баскервилей Dr. Watson
1982 The Queen of Spades Пиковая дама Count Tomsky
1983 The Treasures of Agra Сокровища Агры Dr. Watson
Return from the Orbit Возвращение с орбиты Vyacheslav Mukhin
1985 Winter Cherry Зимняя вишня Vadim Dashkov
1986 The Twentieth Century Approaches Двадцатый век начинается Dr. Watson
1990 Winter Cherry 2 Зимняя вишня 2 Vadim Dashkov
1992 Dreams of Russia Сны о России Alexander Bezborodko
1993 Uncle Vanya Дядя Ваня Mikhail Lvovich Astrov
1995 Winter Cherry 3 Зимняя вишня 3 Vadim Dashkov
2001 Request Stop (TV series) Остановка по требованию Investigator Itcenko
2003 All or Nothing (TV series) Пан или пропал Leszek Krzyżanowski

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