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Anatoli Dmitrievich Papanov (Russian: Анатолий Дмитриевич Папанов; 31 October 1922 – 5 August 1987) was a Russian film and theatre actor.

Anatoli Papanov
Анатолий Папанов

Анатолий Папанов на съёмках фильма ИНЖЕНЕР ГРАФТИО (1979).jpg
Papanov as Genrikh Graftio (1979)
Anatoli Dmitrievich Papanov

(1922-10-31)31 October 1922
Died5 August 1987(1987-08-05) (aged 64)
Resting placeNovodevichy Cemetery, Moscow
Years active1946–1987
TitlePeople's Artist of the USSR (1973)
Spouse(s)Nadezhda Karatayeva[1] (m. 1945–1987; his death)
AwardsOrder october revolution rib.png Order gpw1 rib.png Order gpw2 rib.png Orderredbannerlabor rib.png
Medal State Prize Soviet Union.png State Prize of RSFSR Vasilyevyh medal.jpg

Papanov starred in some well-known Soviet films, often together with his friend, Andrei Mironov. Mostly known for his great performances in comedies, he also had serious and dramatic roles, such as that of the political prisoner in Cold Summer of 1953. Anatoli Papanov was named as a People's Artist of the USSR in 1973.[1][2]



Papanov in 1942

Anatoli Papanov was born into a family of common workers in Vyazma.[3] The family moved to Moscow in the 1930s. As a schoolboy he attended a drama circle, yet he pursued an actor’s career only after having worked as a caster at a factory and fought in the Second World War. In 1942 he was badly wounded and invalided to the reserve. As a student of GITIS (State Institute of Theatre Arts) he met his future wife, his fellow student Nadezhda Karatayeva, who had also seen war, being a nurse in a hospital train. They got married ten days after the end of the war, on 20 May 1945.

Gaining recognition on the stage of the Moscow Theatre of Satire (where he altogether worked for about 40 years) in the mid-1950s, Anatoli Papanov attracted the attention of film directors as well. He started with supporting roles in comedies, yet became really famous after his work as General Serpilin in the war drama The Alive and the Dead (1963).

He was most popular for his roles in the comedies of director Leonid Gaidai (especially in The Diamond Arm, 1968) and as Wolf (voice) in the animation series Nu, pogodi!.

His last work was in the tragic drama Cold Summer of 1953 (1987). Papanov died of a heart attack in Moscow on 5 August 1987 while taking a cold shower (the hot water was off that day), just nine days before the death of his long-time friend and co-star Andrei Mironov. Anatoli Papanov was laid to rest in the Novodevichy Cemetery.

Selected filmographyEdit




  1. ^ a b Анатолий Папанов: «В моей жизни — один театр и одна женщина». (30 October 2007). Retrieved on 2016-10-31.
  2. ^ В Смоленской области открыли памятник Анатолию Папанову. Retrieved on 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ Мой город — Вязьма. (24 November 2011). Retrieved on 2016-10-31.

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