Yevgeny Vesnik

Yevgeny Yakovlevich Vesnik (Russian: Евге́ний Я́ковлевич Ве́сник; January 15, 1923 in Petrograd – April 10, 2009 in Moscow[1]) was a Soviet and Russian actor. The son of Yakov Vesnik,[2] the first director of the Kryvorizhstal plant, he fought the Germans in World War II. He worked at the Maly Theatre from 1963 and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1989, three years before his retirement from the stage.[2]

Primarily a comedian, Vesnik is remembered as the first Soviet actor to play the character of Ostap Bender. After he was remembered as Taratar in The Adventures of the Elektronic (1979), one of greatest Soviet films for children'.[2]

Among his other roles are the policeman in Old Khottabych, "Boss of Sport Complex" in Seven Old Men and a Girl, the Procurator in Die Fledermaus, the commissioner in Charodei (1982), "radist" in Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach and many other films.[1]

He died, aged 86, on April 10, 2009 in Moscow after suffering a stroke.[3]

Honors and awardsEdit

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Urok zhizni (1955)
  • Othello (1955) - Roderigo
  • Delo N. 306 (1956) - Grunin
  • Old Khottabych (1957)
  • Nochnoy patrul (1957)
  • The Adventures of Buratino (1959) - Father Carlo (voice)
  • Pryzhok na zare (1961)
  • Komandirovka (1961)
  • Yabloko razdora (1962)
  • Styozhki-dorozhki (1964) - Timofey Ostapovich Voronyuk
  • Priklyucheniya Toli Klyukvina (1964) - Malinin
  • Sled v okeane (1965) - Ivan Yeltsov
  • An Ordinary Miracle (1965)
  • Svet dalyokoy zvezdy (1965) - Colonel
  • Inostranka (1965) - Professor
  • Pogonya (1965)
  • Pereklichka (1966) - Vasya
  • Puteshestvennik s bagazhom (1966) - Ivan Sergeev
  • Londre (1966) - Narrator
  • 12 mogil Khodzhi Nasreddina (1967) - Cvetkov
  • Strong with Spirit (1967) - Voronchuk
  • I Loved You (1968) - Pavel Golikov, papa
  • Trembita (1968) - Bogdan Susik
  • The New Adventures of the Elusive Avengers (1968) - Polpovnik
  • Eksperiment doktora Absta (1968)
  • Ded Moroz and Summer (1969, Short) - Father Frost / Truck Driver / The Doctor (voice)
  • Seven Old Men and a Girl (1970, TV Movie)
  • Priklyucheniya zhyoltogo chemodanchika (1970) - Airport manager
  • Vzryv zamedlennogo deystviya (1970)
  • Officers (1971) - Paramedic
  • Krasnaya metel (1971) - Balaban
  • Chudak iz pyatogo B (1972)
  • Neylon 100% (1973) - Professor
  • Samyy silnyy (1973)
  • We Didn't Learn This (1976) - Ivan Andreevich, glavniy arkhitektor
  • Po ulitsam komod vodili... (1978) - Shop Director
  • Die Fledermaus (1979, TV Movie) - Prosecutor
  • The Adventures of the Elektronic (1979, TV Mini-Series) - Math Teacher 'Tarator'
  • The Theme (1979) - Igor Paschin - writer
  • The Fairfax Millions (1980) - Police Commissioner
  • Dog in Boots (1981, Short) - Cardinal's Cat (voice)
  • Pora krasnykh yablok (1981)
  • Sorcerers (1982, TV Movie)
  • Khochu, chtoby on prishyol (1984)
  • God telyonka (1986) - Professor
  • Konets sveta s posleduyushchim simpoziumom (1987) - Milton Grinblatt
  • Edinozhdy solgav... (1988) - Aleksandr's father
  • Rokovaya oshibka (1989) - Zhenya
  • Khronika Satany mladshego (1989) - Brandth
  • Shapka (1990) - Solomon Yevseyevich Fishkin
  • Aferisty (1990)
  • Priklyucheniya volshebnogo globusa, ili prodelki vedmy (1991) - (voice)
  • Act, Manya! (1991) - Biologist and Geneticist Yevgeni Danilovitch
  • Tma (1992)
  • Noyev kovcheg (1992)
  • Alyaska, ser! (1992)
  • Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach (1992) - Monya - ex-radist
  • Pistolet s glushitelem (1993)
  • What a Mess! (1995) - Doctor
  • Belyy tanets (1999) - Doctor
  • Master i Margarita (2006) - Professor Stravinskiy (final film role)

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