Leonid Yakubovich

Leonid Arkadyevich Yakubovich PAR[2] (Russian: Леонид Аркадьевич Якубович, born 31 July 1945) is a Russian actor and television host, best known for hosting the game show Pole Chudes (the Russian version of the Wheel of Fortune – literally, The Field of Wonders – and the celebrity episode of Slaboye Zveno).[3] Yakubovich is one of the most well-known television and internet personalities in Russia.

Leonid Yakubovich

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Leonid Arkadyevich Yakubovich

(1945-07-31) 31 July 1945 (age 74)
OccupationActor, Television host
Years active1980–present
TitlePeople's Artist of Russia (2002)
AwardsOrder of Friendship[1]

In his youth, Yakubovich sought a practical profession, and studied metal craftsmanship. After finishing his education, he went to work at ZIL as a heat-gas technician. In college, Yakubovich started performing in the Russian KVN show.

In the 1980s he became a freelance satire writer and actor, and even played in the Russian children's "film-magazine" Yeralash. Even so, Yakubovich was not considered experienced enough for regular work in television until in 1991 he accepted Vladislav Listyev's proposal to host Pole Chudes. Listyev was previously a mentor to Yakubovich, and helped sharpen his acting skills, among others.


  1. ^ http://document.kremlin.ru/doc.asp?ID=030086[permanent dead link] Награждён указом Президента России Владимира Путина 17 октября 2005 года
  2. ^ Почётное звание присвоено указом президента № 678 от 01 июля 2002 года Archived 2012-12-11 at WebCite
  3. ^ "Wheel of Fortune host is 'absolutely normal'". The Russia Journal. 2002-02-15. Archived from the original on 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-01-24.

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