Vladimir Mashkov

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Vladimir Mashkov
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Mashkov holding a Diamond in 2009
Born Vladimir Lvovich Mashkov
(1963-11-27) 27 November 1963 (age 54)
Tula, RSFSR, USSR[1]
Nationality Russian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Awards Narodniy artist.jpg link= Honored Artist of the Russian Federation

Vladimir Lvovich Mashkov, PAR[2] (born 27 November 1963) is a Soviet and Russian theater actor and director of cinema, known to Western audiences for his work in the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines and 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Mashkov has also worked as a film director, producer and writer for the 2004 Russian film Papa.

Early life[edit]

Mashkov was born in Tula, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia). His mother, Natalia, was a puppet theatre director, and his father, Lev Mashkov, was an actor.[3][4] Mashkov works for Oleg Tabakov's theatre as an actor and the main stage director, replacing Tabakov. He has appeared in a number of plays, including My Big Land, Biloxi Blues and The Inspector General. By the 1980s, Mashkov moved from Novokuznetsk to Novosibirsk, where he was soon expelled from theatre school.[5] In 1990, he graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School.[6]

Delivered as a theater director, he staged at the Moscow theater-studio performances of Oleg Tabakov's Finest Hour Local Time.

In 1997, Vladimir Mashkov played a major role in the film The Thief, subsequently nominated for an Oscar.

He is a member of the party United Russia, and a delegate at the XXII Congress of the Party.

In 2011, at the festival of children's amateur theaters in the Siberian region of dolls "Doll in children's hands" in Novokuznetsk, Mashkov announced the establishment of the "Golden Lion" prize named after Natalya Nikiforova (his mother). This nominal premium actor will serve for the year for Best Actor and Best Actress. The first award went to theater actress Galina Romanova, named Honored Artist of Russia.

Vladimir Mashkov actor Film Festival in 2010.
Press conference by Vladimir Mashkov actor Film Festival in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Mashkov has one daughter, Maria, from his marriage with actress Yelena Shevchenko, from whom he is now divorced.[2] He is also an active supporter of United Russia.[7]

Grand Theft Auto IV[edit]

It was rumoured that Vladimir Mashkov was asked by Rockstar Games if he would like to play the role of the main character in the video game GTA IV, but he declined their offer so the character was resembled to look like him but was renamed Niko Bellic and was voiced by Michael Hollick.[citation needed]


  • 1994 San Raphael Russian Cinema Festival: Blue Sail Award for Limita (1994)
  • 1994 Sochi Open Russian Film Festival: Best Actor Award for Limita (1994)
  • 1995 Geneva Film Festival: International Jury Prize for Limita (1994)
  • 1995 Geneva Film Festival: Youth Jury Award for Limita (1994)
  • 1997 Open CIS and Baltic Film Festival: Best Actor Award for The Thief (1997)
  • 1997 Sozvezdie: Best Actor Award for The Thief (1997)
  • 1998 Nika Awards: Best Actor Award for The Thief (1997)
  • 2001 23rd Moscow International Film Festival: Silver St. George Best Actor Award for The Quickie (2001)[8]
  • 2004 26th Moscow International Film Festival: Audience Award for Papa (2004) (shared with Ilya Rubinstein)[9]





  • My Big Land
  • Biloxi Blues
  • The Inspector General
  • Don Juan



  • Sirota kazanskaya (Sympathy Seeker) (1997)
  • Papa (Daddy and Father) (2004)


  • A Star Hour By Local Time
  • Passions for Bumbarash
  • The Death-Defying Act
  • The Threepenny Opera


  • Papa (Daddy and Father) (2004)


  • Papa (Daddy and Father) (2004)


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