Aleksandr Abdulov

Aleksandr Gavrilovich Abdúlov[1] (Russian: Алекса́ндр Гаври́лович Абду́лов; May 29, 1953 – January 3, 2008) was a Soviet and Russian actor. People's Artist of the RSFSR (1991).

Aleksandr Abdulov
Алекса́ндр Абду́лов (in Russian)
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Aleksandr Gavrilovich Abdulov

(1953-05-29)May 29, 1953
DiedJanuary 3, 2008(2008-01-03) (aged 54)
Resting placeVagankovo Cemetery
Moscow, Russia
Years active1974–2007
Spouse(s)Irina Alfyorova
Julia Ignatenko


Aleksandr Abdulov went to school from 1960 to 1970 and upon graduating wanted to become a sportsman.[2] However, Abdulov's father encouraged his son to act, and, in 1974 Aleksandr Abdulov starred in About Vitya, about Masha and the Sea Force. In 1975 he graduated from the GITIS and was hired by Lenkom Theater director Mark Zakharov.

Aleksandr Abdulov appeared in several films in the 1970s. In 1977 he appeared in the TV version of the film The Twelve Chairs by Mark Zakharov. In 1978 he became a celebrity after he appeared in An Ordinary Miracle and in 1979 Abdulov appeared in The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed with Vladimir Vysotskiy. That year he also appeared in Do not part with the Loved Ones and in The Very Same Munchhausen.

During the early 1980s, he was considered a sex symbol and in 1982 he appeared in Look for a Woman, Magicians and The Woman in White. In 1983, he appeared in the film The House that Swift Built (about Jonathan Swift) as Dr. Simpson. In 1984 Abdulov appeared in The Formula of Love. The following year he appeared in In Search for Captain Grant. He also appeared in The Most Charming and Attractive and Naval Cadets, Charge!.

Aleksandr Abdulov then went on to appear in Desyat Negrityat (based on Agatha Christie's mystery novel Ten Little Indians) in 1987 and To Kill a Dragon in 1988. The next year he appeared in Black Rose Is an Emblem of Sorrow, Red Rose Is an Emblem of Love.

In 1991, Abdulov appeared in Genius and The House under the Starry Sky. In 1992 he appeared in the film Gold. During the 1990s he mostly worked in the Lenkom Theatre. In 2000 he appeared in Still Waters, and in The Christmas Miracle with Chulpan Khamatova.[3] In 2002 he appeared in the TV series Next (the title being the actual English word) playing a Russian oligarch. In 2003 he appeared in the sequel Next 2; the following year he was in About Love.

In 2005, Abdulov appeared in the TV series Anna Karenina and The Master and Margarita. In 2006 he directed the play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Lenkom and played the lead character of Randall P. McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson in the American film). Abdulov has also appeared in the film Leningrad.

In 1991, Abdulov was awarded the title of People's Artist of the RSFSR.[4]

Attitude to the mass mediaEdit

Abdulov had extremely tense relations with the mass media, especially tabloids, in the last years of his life. He fervently resented all false information about him and hated those unscrupulous journalists who tried to pry into his personal life. Once on Man and Law aired on Russia's Channel One Abdulov said that he owned a licensed gun and he would not hesitate to shoot any trespasser that dared to enter the territory of his dacha during his forthcoming birthday party.[3]


Aleksandr Abdulov was married three times. His first marriage was to Irina Alfyorova, by whom he has a stepdaughter, Ksenia Alfyorova. His second wife was a theatre administrator named Galina. In 2006 he married Julia Miloslavskaya, who gave birth to their daughter Eugenia in early 2007.

Health problems and deathEdit

Abdulov's grave

Abdulov was a smoker throughout his adult life. In August 2007, the actor experienced health problems, supposedly an ulcer. However, in September of the same year he was diagnosed with lung cancer in an Israeli clinic. [1].

He was last seen in public in mid-December 2007 at an awards ceremony at the Kremlin, where Vladimir Putin awarded the actor with the Order of National Merit (4th degree).[5]

He died on January 3, 2008, aged 54.

Honors and awardsEdit

Selected filmographyEdit

  • 1974: Moscow, My Love (Russian: Москва, любовь моя) as boyfriend
  • 1974: Pro Vityu, pro Mashu i morskuyu pekhotu as desantnik Kozlov
  • 1975: The Lost Expedition (Russian: Пропавшая экспедиция)
  • 1977: Golden River (Russian: Золотая речка) as Boris Rogov
  • 1976: Twelve Chairs (Двенадцать стульев) as engineer Ernest Schukin
  • 1977: An Ordinary Miracle (Обыкновенное чудо) (TV Mini-Series) as the Bear
  • 1977: 72 gradusa nizhe nulya as Lionka Savostikov
  • 1978: Alenkiy tsvetochek as Prince
  • 1978: Front Beyond the Front Line as Soldier (uncredited)
  • 1978: Pobeg iz tyurmy as Nikolay Bauman
  • 1978: Dvoe v novom dome
  • 1979: Vsyo reshayet mgnoveniye as Viktor Varentsov, pervyy trener Nadi
  • 1979: The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (Место встречи изменить нельзя) (TV Mini-Series) as driver for the gang
  • 1979: The Very Same Munchhausen (Тот самый Мюнхгаузен) (TV Movie) as Heinrich Rammkopf
  • 1980: Do Not Part with Your Beloved (С любимыми не расставайтесь) as Mitya Lavrov
  • 1981: Zhenshchina v belom as Walter Hartwright
  • 1981: Sitsilianskaya zashchita as Yevgeniy Borisovich Volkov -restavrator
  • 1981: Fakty minuvshego dnya
  • 1982: Carnival (Карнавал) as Nikita
  • 1982: Premonition of Love (Предчувствие любви) as Sergey Vishnyakov
  • 1982: The House That Swift Built (Дом, который построил Свифт) (TV Movie) as Richard Simpson, Doctor
  • 1982: Charodei (Чародеи) (TV Movie) as Ivan Sergeevich Puhov
  • 1983: Look for a Woman (Ищите женщину) (TV Movie) as Robert de Charans
  • 1983: Retsept yeyo molodosti
  • 1984: Formula of Love (Формула любви) as (TV Movie) Jacob
  • 1984: Dva gusara as Sashka
  • 1985: The Most Charming and Attractive (Самая обаятельная и привлекательная) as Volodya Smirnov
  • 1985: In Search for Captain Grant (В поисках капитана Гранта) as Bob the Tar
  • 1986: Tayny madam Vong
  • 1986: Khrani menya, moy talisman
  • 1987: Soshedshie s nebes as Sergey
  • 1987: Ten Little Negroes (Десять негритят) as Anthony Marston
  • 1988: Gardemarines ahead! (Гардемарины, вперёд!) as Count Vasily Lyadashchev
  • 1988: Filyor
  • 1988: To Kill a Dragon (Убить Дракона) as Lancelot
  • 1989: Spasi i sokhrani
  • 1989: Za prekrasnykh dam! as Bandit
  • 1989: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Леди Макбет Мценского уезда) as Sergei
  • 1990: Black Rose Is an Emblem of Sorrow, Red Rose Is an Emblem of Love (Чёрная роза — эмблема печали, красная роза — эмблема любви) as Vladimir
  • 1990: Zhivaja mishen
  • 1991: Genius (Гений) as Sergey Nenashev
  • 1991: Sons of Bitches (Сукины дети) as Igor Gordynsky
  • 1991: Unizhennye i oskorblennye
  • 1991: Dom pod zvyozdnym nebom as Zhora, plumber
  • 1991: Caccia alla vedova as Prince Badritzky
  • 1992: Zoloto
  • 1992: Sumasshedshaya lyubov as Reporter
  • 1992: Ofitsiant s zolotym podnosom as Aleksei Udaltsov
  • 1993: Prison Romance (Тюремный романс) as Artynov
  • 1993: Strannye muzhchiny Semyonovoy Ekateriny as Igor / Katya's ex-lover (policeman)
  • 1993: Ya vinovat
  • 1993: Nad temnoy vodoy as Lev
  • 1993: Grekh. Istoriya strasti
  • 1994: Prostodushnyy
  • 1994: Nastya as Teterin
  • 1994: Kafe im Limon as Valery Ostrovsky
  • 1995: Chyornaya vual
  • 1995: ...Pervaya lyubov
  • 1997: Shizofreniya'
  • 1999: Women's Property (Женская собственность) as Sazonov
  • 2000: Still Waters (Тихие омуты) as academician Anton Kashtanov
  • 2000: The Christmas Miracle (Рождественская мистерия) as puppeteer
  • 2000: Rozhdestvenskaya misteriya
  • 2001: Zhyoltyy karlik as Vladimir Zharovsky
  • 2002: O'key
  • 2003: A poutru oni prosnulis as Mrachnyi
  • 2004: O lyubvi as Grigori Stepanovich Smirnov
  • 2005: The Master and Margarita (Мастер и Маргарита) (TV Mini-Series) as Koroviev
  • 2005: The Case of "Dead Souls" (Дело о «Мёртвых душах») (TV Mini-Series) as Nozdryov
  • 2006: Park Sovetskogo perioda
  • 2006: The Funeral Party (Ниоткуда с любовью, или Весёлые похороны) as Alik
  • 2007: Actress (Артистка) as Bosyakin
  • 2009: Attack on Leningrad (Ленинград) as Chigasov
  • 2010: Pravosudie volkov as Writer Volodya (final film role)


  1. ^ Абдулов Г. Д., Ферганский государственный областной русский драматический театр,
  2. ^ «Мы — дети полдорог, нам имя — полдорожье». Памяти Александра Абдулова // Радио Свобода, 14 января 2008
  3. ^ a b Актёры советского кино
  4. ^ "A short biography" (in Russian).
  5. ^ "Russian Information Agency "News"" (in Russian).
  6. ^ Указ Президента РСФСР от 28.11.1991 «О присвоении почётного звания Народный артист РСФСР Абдулову А. Г.»

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