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Evgeny Ilich Zharikov (Russian: Евгений Ильич Жариков; February 26, 1941, Moscow — January 18, 2012, Moscow[1]) was a Soviet and Russian film actor who was awarded the title People's Artist of the RSFSR (1989) and the USSR State Prize (1978).

Evgeny Zharikov
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Evgeny Ilich Zharikov

(1941-02-26)26 February 1941
Died18 January 2012(2012-01-18) (aged 70)
Years active1961–2012


He was born on February 26, 1941 in Moscow as the sixth and last child of the Soviet writer Leonid Zharikov (Ilya Milahievich Zharikov).[2] He spent his childhood in the Moscow suburbs, near Zagorsk (now Sergiev Posad), with his grandparents. From age four rode horses and mastered crafts.

In 1959, he entered the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and first appeared in a film in his second year of study. In 1964, after graduation, he went to East Germany, where for two years starred in the title role in the local series Russian for You. After his return, in 1966, he acted in theater, television, and film in Moscow. He became a member of the CPSU in 1970.

He came to fame appearing in the 1970s television series Born to a Revolution about the formation of the Soviet militia and its fight against crime in the 1920s. In 1970, at the height of his career, he was injured on the set of the film Death No, Guys! when he fell from a horse at full gallop, which injured his hip and caused a compression fracture of the spine.

From 1988 to 2000, he was President of the Guild of Actors of Soviet Cinema (Russian Film Actors Guild from 1991).[3]

In 1999 he underwent two complex operations with prosthetics.[2]

He appeared in nearly 70 films and participated in the dubbing of more than 200 films.

Personal lifeEdit

His first marriage (1962-1974) was to figure skating coach Valentina Zotova (born in 1936) and lasted 12 years, ending in divorce.

His second marriage, with actress Natalia Gvozdikova, was registered after a year of dating on the set of the movie Born to a Revolution, in which they played spouses. Their son Fyodor Zharikov was born on August 2, 1976. He became a translator from French and now works as the chief information security officer in aircraft.

From 1994 to 2001, Zharikov had an affair with journalist Tatyana Alekseevna Sekridova (born 1960), who in 1995 gave birth to his son, Sergei and daughter, Katya. After Sekridova released information about this relationship, Zharikov ended it.[2]


He died January 18, 2012 of cancer at the oncology center at Botkin Hospital in Moscow.[4] He was buried on January 21 in the actor's section in Troyekurovskoye Cemetery.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit



  1. ^ "Умер актер Евгений Жариков". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Жареная Гвоздикова Евгений Жариков". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ Ведомости (18 January 2012). "Ушел из жизни актер Евгений Жариков". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Актер Евгений Жариков скончался от рака". 18 January 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Евгений Ильич Жариков". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 28 декабря 1995 года № 1325". Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 29 марта 2001 года № 375". Retrieved 15 August 2016.[permanent dead link]

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