Leonhard Merzin

Leonhard Merzin (10 February 1934 in Aruküla, Kudina Parish (now Maardla, Mustvee Parish) – 2 January 1990 in Tartu[1]) was an Estonian theatre and film actor, one of the Estonian actors active in the Soviet Union and abroad. He played in more than 50 films.[1] His most notable role in Estonia is "Teacher Laur" in Spring (Kevade) and as Edgar in Soviet Union adaption of King Lear (Korol Lir).[1]

Leonhard Merzin
Leonhard Merzin.jpg
Born(1934-02-10)10 February 1934
Aruküla, Kudina Parish
(now Maardla, Mustvee Parish)
Died2 January 1990(1990-01-02) (aged 55)
Years active1964—1986
Children3, including Helena Merzin-Tamm


From 1952 to 1954 Merzin studied at the Tartu Art School and in 1969 he graduated from the Viljandi School of Cultural Education.

Merzin also tried hand as a painter, mostly depicting nature and flowers.

Tombstone on the actor's grave

He is buried at the Raadi cemetery in Tartu.


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Külmale maale Väljaotsa Jaan
1968 Inimesed sõdurisinelis Mänd
1968 Dead Season Father Mortimer
1968 Libahunt Jass
1969 Hullumeelsus Kristus Uncredited
1969 The Gladiators Laar
1969 Spring Laur
1970 King Lear Edgar
1971 Risk Kurtz
1972 Back to Life Arno
1972 In the Black Sands Peltin
1973 Maaletulek Mart
1973 Dmitry Kantemir Russet
1973 Racers Bruno Lorenz
1973 Identification Peter
1974 Dangerous Games 2241
1975 The Balloonist Charles Rigaut
1975 Diamonds for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat Auguste
1976 Trust Jukka Rahja
1977 Waiting for Me on Earth Colonel Belousov
1979 Special Forces Ozyoryn
1981 I Do Not Guarantee Personal Safety... Yevgeniy Krakovskiy
1986 Race of the Century Donald Crowhurst (final film role)


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