|Died||15 August 1987(aged 76)|
Burkhanov was born and grew up in Tashkent (then part of the Russian Empire) in a strict Muslim family. In order to join the Uzbek drama theatre, which was founded in the 1920s, he had to leave home because his family's orthodox religious beliefs forbade acting.
At the time Uzbek theatre was still in its infancy. In 1930 he received training at the Moscow Art Theatre, which he credited as enabling him to play classic roles such as Romeo, Hamlet, and Œdipus.
In the early 1970s he was the subject of a documentary, People's Artist Shukur Burkhanov, narrated by fellow actor Boris Andreyev.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "The hundred roles of Shukur Burkhanov" (PDF). Soviet Life. Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (323): 57. 1983. Retrieved 19 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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