Distinguished Artist of Russia
He graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School in 1962 (course of G. Gerasimov and A. Karev) and in 1964 he was accepted into the troupe of the Moscow Art Theatre.
Played in numerous performances, among them: The sixth of July (Karelin), Moscow Choir (Stanislav Gennadievich), Barbarians (Monahov), Old New Year (father-in-law, Ivan Adamych), Zero (Man, Lawyer), Professor of literature (Director of gymnasium), Tutish (Sayfullo), etc.
Playing Count Franz Orsini-Rozenberg in the performance Amadeus directed by M. Rozovsky.
He worked as assistant director with B. Livanov and O. Yefremov.
In 1990, together with his wife, actress Vera Desnitskaya, organized their own entreprise, which put three duet performance ( The Lady with the Dog by A. Chekhov, In Paris by I. Bunin and The Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov).
Since 1991 he is working at the Nikitsky Gate Theatre.
Since 1999 he led by the Memorial Chekhov Theatre in Melikhovo.