Thursday, 3 January 2008

Favourite of Public Aleksandr Abdulov Passed Away

The popular Russian theatre and film actor Aleksandr Abdulov has died today in a Moscow hospital.
Painful illness, namely lung cancer, distressed the yet young actor – Abdulov was only 54 – in August 2007.



Alexander Gavrilovich Abdulov was born on May 29, 1953 in Tobolsk in theatrical family - his father was the director of theatre in Fergana. Though Abdulov has first entered theater stage, when he was five years old, he did not aspire to actor's career. At school he was into sports, and fond of music. At the insisting of his father, after school he tried to enter Theater School of Schepkin, but it is unsuccessful, therefore, having returned from Moscow, has successfully passed examinations for sports faculty of a local teacher's college. Nevertheless, next year Alexander Abdulov again goes to Moscow and gets into ГИТИС, for the course of I.M. Rayevsky. Actor's film debute in 1974, while still a student, he played a small role of commando Kozlov in Michael Ptashuk's movie "About Vitya, Masha and sea infantry". In 1975 Abdulov's role in student play was noted by the main director of the Moscow theatre of Lenin's Komsomol (Ленком) Mark Zaharov, he has invited the young actor to be in his troupe. Since then Alexander Abdulov's name is inextricably related with Zaharov's theatre. Among Abdulov's most known theatrical works - a role in well-known "LENKOM" theater performance in "Unona and Avos". For the role in play "Barbarian and heretic" he has received Crystal Turandot award and fund of Stanislavsky's prize. In the middle of 70s movie career of the young actor took off as well. However wide popularity has come to Alexander Abdulov only after a role of the Bear in television film "Ordinary miracle" (1978), directed by Mark Zaharov based on Evgenie Schwarz's play of the same name. Another success was a Paul Arsenov melodrama under A.Volodin's play "With loved ones, do not separate" (1979), In which Abdulov played the main male role, Mitya, and the main female role was payed by his then wife - Irina Alfyorova. Uncommon gift allows Alexander Abdulov to play with equal success versatile roles, act in deverse films of various genres and by different directors. Among his most known roles are: Nikita in Tatyana Lioznova's "Carnival", murderer Rober in excentric detective movie "Search for the woman" directed by Alla Surikova, lyrical hero Ivan in Konstantin Bromberg's "Wizards" based on story by brothers Strugatsky. actor of a wide creative range, Alexander Abdulov played in popular comedies : ("Most charming and attractive", "For fine ladies", "Formula of love" by Mark Zaharov, "Anekdotes"), in dramas: ("Keep me safe, my talisman!" и "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensky district" by Roman Balayan, "Above dark water" by Dmitry Meskhiev), in crime adventure "Secrets of madam Wong", detective movie "Ten monkeys" by Stanislav Govorukhin), and in historical costume mini-series ("Naval cadets, forward!" by Svetlana Druzhinina).Especially it is necessary to highlight Alexander Abdulov's works in movies by Mark Zaharov, which immidiately became viewers favorites, and in Sergey Solovjev's films, that became some of thew most noteable ones in 80s & 90s. In 1991 Abdulov began co-operation with director Victor Sergeev, And their first film, a swindling detective story "Genius", appeared one of the most interesting pictures of those years and was one of domestic blockbusters; and criminal melodrama "Strange men of Ekaterina Semenov" has not passed unnoticed either, where Alexander Abdulov stared with Natalia Fisson and Andrey Sokolov. But Victor Sergeeva's other film "Schizophrenia", for which Abdulov himself has written the script, and Alexander Korzhakov was the consultant, didn't fare as well in 1997 ...