|Born||May 12 or 24, 1896
Pavlohrad, Russian Empire
|Died||November 25, 1976
Moscow, Soviet Union
He was awarded the USSR State Prize (1952) and honored with the title of People's Artist of the USSR (1967). His notable role include portrayal of Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov in War and Peace (1968). Zakhava was an acting coach. He taught several generations of Russian actors, including Mikhail Ulyanov, Yuri Yakovlev, Vasili Lanovoy, Lyudmila Maksakova, Nikolai Gritsenko, Nikolai Timofeyev, Rolan Bykov, Andrei Mironov, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Leonid Filatov, Vyacheslav Shalevich, Leonid Kanevsky, Mikhail Derzhavin, Aleksandr Shirvindt, Aleksandr Zbruyev.
Boris Zakhava was born on May 1896 in Pavlohrad, Russian Empire. It is unknown his birth date is May 12 or May 24. Evgeni Zakhava, his father, was a graduate of Moscow Imperial Cadet School and was an officer at the Russian Imperial Army. Boris, like his father, graduated the 3rd Moscow Imperial Cadet School (1913). While being a cadet, he was acting in amateur performances. In the meantime he was involved in the centennial celebration of the victory over Napoleon in 1912, in Moscow.
Zakhava studied at the acting class of Vsevolod Meyerhold (1913–1916) and acting at the Moscow Vakhtangov studio under Yevgeny Vakhtangov. Since he was being hired by Vakhtangov as an actor, Zakhava worked at his theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre) for entire life. In 1922 he performed as a Timur in Carlo Gozzi's Turandot. Zakhava was a teaching director at the acting studio (1925) and a leading director of Vakhtangov Theatre Company. He produced and directed Maxim Gorky's dramas, Yegor Bulychev and Others (1932, 1951) and Dostegayev and Others (1933, 1934). Since 1939 he became a director of the Shchukin Theatrical School (f. Vakhtangov acting studio). In 1958 Zakhava directed William Shakespeare's Hamlet starring Mikhail Astangov in the main role. In 1968 he portrayed Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov in Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace (original: Vojna i mir), an Academy Award winner film.
|1937||Bezhin Meadow (Bezhin lug)||Samokhin, Stepok's father|
|1965||Voyna i mir I: Andrey Bolkonskiy||Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov|
|1967||Voyna i mir III: 1812 god||Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov|
|Voyna i mir IV: Pierre Bezukhov||Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov|
|1968||War and Peace (Vojna i mir)||Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov|
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