Vyacheslav Tikhonov

Vyacheslav Tikhonov

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Vyacheslav Vasilyevich Tikhonov ( _ru. Вячеслав Васильевич Тихонов) (born February 8, 1928) is a famous Soviet actor and a recipient of numerous state awards, including the titles of People's Artist of the USSR (1974) and Hero of Socialist Labour (1982).


He was born in Pavlovsky Posad near Moscow. Tikhonov first worked as a metal-worker.

In 1945 he entered, not without difficulty, the Actors’ Faculty of VGIK. After graduating VGIK with honours in 1950, he started his acting career on stage of Theatre Studio of Film Actor, where he worked for six years.

In 1948, he was married to Nonna Mordyukova, a popular actress at that time (the couple had one son, [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0863145/ Vladimir] , also an actor who died in 1990). The marriage was dissolved in 1963. ["NONNA MORDYUKOVA; Star of 'The Commissar', cause celèbre of glasnost cinema." John Riley. The Independent (London). OBITUARIES; Pg. 44. July 12, 2008 ] Tikhonov married again to Tamara Ivanovna Tikhonova and had one child with her, [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0863149/ Anna Tikhonova] (also an actor) in 1969. ["Nostalgia for Love." Tatyana ANDRIASOVA. Moscow News (Russia). CULTURE; No. 29. July 28, 1995. LexisNexis. Retrieved Sept. 6, 2008.]


Though he had made his film debut in 1948, his first famous work was in the love drama "It Happened in Penkovo" (1958) starring Tikhonov as a charming village fellow.

His best known part was that of Standartenführer Stirlitz (a Soviet spy) in a famous series "Seventeen Moments of Spring". The 17 moments are 17 days in the spring of 1945 just before the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The film enjoyed extreme popularity among the Russian viewers of several generations. Prior to that, however, it had faced the risk of remaining unknown: Mikhail Suslov had opposed the film to go on general release. He had claimed that the film was “not showing the feat of the Soviet people in the war”. Fortunately the would-be film classic was upheld by KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov.

He also played Prince Andrei Bolkonski in the Oscar-winning "War and Peace" (1969) by Sergei Bondarchuk and an old man in another Oscar-winner, "Burnt by the Sun" (1994) by Nikita Mikhalkov.

In November 2003, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order for Service to the State, third degree, to Tikhonov. [Itar-Tass news digest of February 8, 2003. ITAR-TASS News Agency.]


* Молодая гвардия ("The Young Guard", 1948)
* В мирные дни ("In Peaceful Time", 1950)
* Тарас Шевченко ("Taras Shevchenko", 1951)
* Максимка ("Maximka", 1952)
* Сердце бьется вновь ("The Heart is Beating Again", 1956)
* Дело было в Пенькове ("It Happened in Penkovo", 1957)
* ЧП. Чрезвычайное происшествие ("Extraordinary Accident", 1958)
* Жажда ("Thirst", 1959)
* Майские звезды ("May Stars", 1959)
* Мичман Панин ("Michman Panin", 1960)
* Две жизни ("Two Lives", 1961)
* На семи ветрах ("Seven Winds", 1962)
* Оптимистическая трагедия ("Optimistic Tragedy", 1963)
* Война и мир ("War and Peace I-IV", 1965-67)
* Доживем до понедельника ("We'll Live Till Monday", 1968)
* Семейное счастье ("Family Happiness", 1969)
* Карусель ("The Roundabout", 1970)
* Егор Булычев и другие ("Yegor Bulychyov and Others", 1971)
* Человек с другой стороны ("The Man from the Other Side", 1971)
* Семнадцать мгновений весны ("Seventeen Moments of Spring", 1973)
* Фронт без флангов ("Front Without Flanks", 1974)
* Они сражались за Родину ("They Fought for the Motherland", 1975)
* Повесть о человеческом сердце ("Story of a Human Heart", 1975)
* ... И другие официальные лица ("...And Other Officials", 1976)
* Белый Бим Черное ухо ("White Bim Black Ear", 1977)
* Фронт за линией фронта ("Front Beyond the Front Line", 1977)
* Отпуск за свой счет ("Unpaid Vacation", 1981)
* Фронт в тылу врага ("The Rear Front", 1981)
* Однолюбы ("One True Love", 1982)
* Европейская история ("European Story", 1984)
* ТАСС уполномочен заявить... ("TASS Is Authorized to Declare...", 1984)
* Апелляция ("The Appeal", 1987)
* Убить дракона ("To Kill a Dragon", 1988)
* Любовь с привилегиями ("Love and Privileges", 1989)
* Призраки зеленой комнаты ("The Ghosts of the Green Room", 1991)
* Бесы (Николай Ставрогин) ("The Possessed", 1992)
* Кодекс бесчестия ("The Codex of Disgrace", 1993)
* Несравненная ("Incomparable", 1993)
* Провинциальный бенефис ("Provincial Benefit", 1993)
* Бульварный роман ("A Boulevard Romance", 1994)
* Утомленные солнцем ("Burnt by the Sun", 1994)
* Авантюра ("An Adventure", 1995)
* Милый друг давно забытых лет... ("Sweet Friend of Years Forgotten Long Ago", 1996)
* Сочинение ко Дню Победы ("Composition for Victory Day", 1998)
* Зал ожидания (1998, TV series)
* Глазами волка (2006)
* Андерсен. Жизнь без любви (2006)


* [http://www.russia-ic.com/culture_art/theatre/684/ Actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov, the Legendary Stirlitz (Biography)]


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