Peoples Artist of the USSR, Laureate of the State Prizes of the USSR and Russian Federation, Full Cavalier of the Order For Service to the Fatherland

Oleg Tabakov


Graduate ofthe Moscow Art Theatre School (1957, Class ofVasily Toporkov). Founding member and the leading actor (1956-1983) ofSovremennik (The Contemporary) Theatre inMoscow, in1971-1976hewas also the Managing Director ofthe Sovremennik.

His first stage appearance was the role ofMisha, the student (Forever Alive byVictor Rozov, 1956). His film debut was inthe role ofSasha inMikhail Schveitzer movie Sasha Begins His Life (1956). His portfolio includes more than 200roles intheatre, TV, film and radio. Among his productions atthe Sovremennik were Oleg Savin (Quest for Happiness byVictor Rozov), Alexander Aduev (The Same Old Story byIvan Goncharov, adapted byVictor Rozov), Brother Limon (The Ballad ofthe Sad Café byEdward Albee), Khlestakov (The Inspector General byNikolai Gogol (Club Chinogerni Theatre inPrague), Malvolio (The Twelfth Night byShakespeare), Anchugin (The Provincial Anecdotes byAlexander Vampilov), Balalaykin (Balalaykin and Co. bySergei Mikhalkov based onSaltykhov-Schedrin), Konyaev (The Eastern Tribune byAlexander Galin).

In1983Mr.Tabakov has joined the Moscow Art Theatre company where hehad his debut inthe role ofSalieri (Amadeus by Peter Schaeffer). Healso played inthe productions ofThe Bench byAlexander Gelman (He), Cabal ofHypocrites byMikhail Bulgakov (Moliere, Buton), Woe ofWit by Alexander Griboedov (Famusov).

Mr.Tabakov began teaching in1968, and in1974has started his own Drama Club for high school children. In1980and in1986hehas graduated two acting classes atRussian Theatre Academy (GITIS), which led tothe foundation ofthe Studio ofYoung Actors atChaplygin Street (now Tabakov Theatre). In1986-2000Mr.Tabakov served asthe Dean ofthe Moscow Art Theatre School where hegraduated four classes ofactors and have initiated numerous international student exchange programs.

His acting credits atthe Tabakov Theatre include My Big Land byAlexander Galich (Meer Wolf), The Same Old Story (Peter Aduyev) byGoncharov, I Ought toBeInPictures byNeil Simon (Herb Tucker), The Last Ones byGorky (Ivan Kolomiytsev), Paola and Lions byBenedetti (Leone Savasta), The Room ofLaughter byBogaev (Ivan Zhukov), Lower Depth byGorky (Luka), Love Letters byGurney (Andrew Ladd III).

Since then hedirected over 40productions inRussia, Europe and the USA.In1992hefounded Stanislavsky Summer School inBoston, MA.In2009heinaugurated Tabakov High School ofActing. InJune of2000Oleg Tabakov was appointed the Artistic Director ofthe Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, and became also the Managing Director ofthe company.

Among his film credits are over 100movies including: The Tight Knot (1956); A Noisy Day (1960); TheClear Skies (1961), War and Peace (1967); Shine, MyStar, Shine (1969); King Stag (1969), Property ofthe Republic (1972), Seventeen Instants InSpring (1973), Kashtanka (1975); The Twelve Chairs (1976), An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (1977); D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978), A Few Days inthe Life ofI.I.Oblomov (1979; International Prize ofthe Festival inBoston for Best Actor in1980); AnOpen Book (1979), Flights ofFancy (1983); Mary Poppins, Farewell! (1983), In AMonth OfSundays (1985), A Man From Boulevard des Capucines (1987), The Dark Eyes (1987), The Art ofLiving inOdessa (1989); The Inner Circle (1991); Oral Hearing(1991); The Shadows (1991); Shirli-Myrli (1995); Moscow Vacation (1995); The Three Stories (1997); Sympathy Seeker (1997); What Has the Deceased Said (1999), The President And His Granddaughter (2000); The State Counsellor (2005); Andersen. Life Without Love (2006), Melody for aStreet Organ (2008), Lions, Eagles and Partridges (2010), etc.

Passed away onMarch 12, 2018.