Vladimir Zeldin

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Vladimir Zeldin
Vladimir Zeldin in Kremlin 21 May 2015-1.jpg
Born Vladimir Mikhailovich Zeldin
Влади́мир Миха́йлович Зе́льдин

10 February [O.S. 28 January] 1915
Kozlov, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 31 October 2016(2016-10-31) (aged 101)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1927–2016

Vladimir Mikhailovich Zeldin (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Зе́льдин; 10 February [O.S. 28 January] 1915 – 31 October 2016) was a Russian theatre and cinema actor and a centenarian.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Zeldin was born in the town of Kozlov (now Michurinsk). His family was Jewish.[2] In 1935, he graduated from the theatre college at the Mossovet Theatre and became its actor. For over 60 years he has been working in the Russian Army Theatre, Moscow.

Zeldin became an all-Union celebrity in 1941 starring in the comedy Svinarka i pastukh. His other most famous works as a film actor include Skazanie o zemle sibirskoy (1947), Uchitel’ tantsev (1952), Karnavalnaya noch (1956), Dyadya Vanya (1970) and Desyat negrityat (1987).

In February 2005 Zeldin celebrated his 90th birthday with the premiere of the musical Man of La Mancha (translated into Russian) where he still stars both as Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes.

He was, as of 2014, the oldest living People's Artist of the USSR. He turned 101 in 2016.[3] He died on 31 October of that year. He is buried in Moscow’s prestigious Novodevichy cemetery[4]

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Selected filmography[edit]

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