People’s Artist of the Russian Federation
He graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School in 1956 (course of A. Massal'sky).
In 1956-1957. worked at the Central Red Army Theatre.
He was one of the founders of the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre. Played in such performances as: The Naked King (Minister of tender feelings), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Wednesday), Traditional collection (Pavel Kozin), The Lower Depths (Kletsch), Decembrists (Nikita Muravyov), The Bolsheviks (Tsuryupa), Cyrano de Bergerac (Comte Antoine de Guiche), Look Back in Anger (Jimmy Porter).
He was director of performances (together with O. Efremov): Two colors by A. Zack and I. Kuznetsov, Searching for a joy by V. Rozov, Look Back in Anger by J. Osborne.
In 1971 he joined the Moscow Art Theatre, where he played in such performances as: Old New Year (Father-in-law), Copper-grandmother (Benckendorf), The Seagull (Medvedenko), Ivanov (Shabelsky), Uncle Vanya (Telegin), The Cherry Orchard (Firs), The Uncle's Dream (Prince), Woe from Wit (Zagoretsky), Boris Godunov (The Patriarch), The Moscow Choir (Michal Mihalich), Barbarians (Dr. Makarov), Mrs. Warren's Profession (Pastor), Zero (Pastor), Tutish (Lutfullo), Sanctimonious persons' Kabala (Just shormaker).
In 1996 in the Moscow Art Theatre he set his own dramatization of Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky and performed the role of the Author and Porphiry Petrovich.
Playing in performances: The White Guards (Maxim), The New American (Moker).
He acted in more than 60 films, among them: The Dirk (1954), Time, Forward!, The Ugly Story, Three Fat Men, Three Poplars at Plyuschika, Nest of the Nobility, The Dirk ( 1973), This Merry Planet, The Bonus, Ivan and Marya, The Lost Expedition, Golden River, Dead Souls (1984), The Invisible Man, Sitting on the Golden Porch, The Gray Wolves, Jermak, Bremen Town Musicians and Co, etc.