Mikhail Ulyanov

Mikhail Alexandrovich Ulyanov (Russian: Михаил Александрович Ульянов, scientific transliteration Mihail Aleksandrovich Ul'ânov; born November 20, 1927 in Bergamak, Rajon Muromcevo, Omsk Oblast, † 26 March 2007 in Moscow) was a Russian actor and one of the most important figures of Soviet cinema and theater of the postwar era.


Ulyanov was trained at the Shchukin - drama school and in 1950 began working in the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow; In 1987 he took over the management. He had in 1953 in a film by Julija Solnzewa his film debut. Battle go ( 1961) by Vladimir Basov earned him the breakthrough as a film actor. Until the mid- 1960s Ulyanov was a crowd favorite in the USSR. From 1965 to 1967 he was employed by the DEFA and entered into Günter Reisch As long as life is in me (1965) and János Veiczis Frozen Flashes (1967 ) on. In several films of the 1970s and 1980s Ulyanov embodied historical figures such as Lenin in Reisch's films Heading to Lenin (1970) and In spite of all! (1972 ) or about the Soviet-German World War II epic Liberation ( 1972) by him until the 1980s repeatedly played the role of Marshal Georgy Zhukov.

The film The Brothers Karamazov in 1969, in which Dmitri Ulyanov the Karamazov plays and he turned after the death of director Ivan Pyrjew to end was in 1970 nominated for the Oscar - title of Best Foreign Language film. For more award-winning films in Venice and Berlin with his participation were the subject (1979) and private life ( 1982). In 1975 he published the book Moja professija ( My job ).

Among his well-known roles of the 1990s, the representation of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play ( 1990), Pontius Pilate in The Master and Margarita and the role in the film included The Voroshilov Marksman by Stanislaw Govorukhin, where he plays the older veterans of the sniper regiment, the after failure of the corrupt judiciary private revenge for the abuse of his granddaughter committed.

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In 1969, Ulyanov was awarded the title People's Artist of the USSR. At the International Film Festival in Venice in 1982 he won the special prize.