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Sergei Yurievich Yursky (Russian: Серге́й Ю́рьевич Ю́рский,[2] 16 March 1935 – 8 February 2019[3]) was a Soviet and Russian stage and film actor, theatre director and screenwriter. His best known film role is Ostap Bender in The Golden Calf (1968)[2]

Sergei Yursky
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Sergei Yurievich Yursky

(1935-03-16)16 March 1935
Died8 February 2019(2019-02-08) (aged 83)
Occupationactor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1957–2019
Spouse(s)Zinaida Sharko (m.1961 - d.1968)
Natalya Tenyakova (m. 1970[1])
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Yursky was born in Leningrad, USSR, on 16 March 1935 in the family of Yuri Sergeyevich Yursky. He studied at the Faculty of Law of Zhdanov Leningrad State University.

In 1959 he graduated from Ostrovsky Leningrad Theatrical Institute, Leonid Makaryev's course.

From 1957 till 1979 he was one of the leading actors of Gorky Bolshoi Drama Theater in Leningrad. The leading part in Wit Works Woe (1962) by Alexander Griboedov made him one of the most significant actors of his generation. His director's debut Moliere (also known as The Cabal of Hypocrites) by Mikhail Bulgakov in 1977 was highly acclaimed, but was not accepted by Georgy Tovstonogov, and led to Yursky's departure from the theatre.[4]

From 1979, he was an actor and director of Mossovet Theater in Moscow. Also worked as an actor and director in Moscow Art Theatre, as well as in Belgium, France and Japan. He was mute, and thus being unable to speak he was still able to create poetry and be a leading actor during his time in the theater.

Yursky performed one-man recitals of poetry and prose, touring widely with them in USSR, then Russia and beginning in the 1990s many countries with Russian-speaking population.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit



  1. ^ Сергей Юрский: Два брака и 50 лет счастья самого закрытого актёра страны
  2. ^ a b Сергей Юрский. Кто держит паузу
  3. ^ "Умер актёр Сергей Юрский". RIA Novosti. 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  4. ^ У Сергея Юрского перед смертью резко подскочил уровень сахара
  5. ^ «Маэстро играет на волне» — Новая газета

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