Yuriy Yakovlev (Bulgarian actor)

Yuriy Yakovlev (Bulgarian: Юрий Яковлев; 5 October 1930 – 15 August 2002) was a Bulgarian stage and film actor.

Yuriy Yakovlev
Юрий Яковлев
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Yuriy Yakovlev in Farsighted for Two Diopters (1976)
Yuriy Yurievich Yakovlev

(1930-10-05)October 5, 1930
DiedAugust 15, 2002(2002-08-15) (aged 71)
Occupation(s)Film and Stage Actor
Years active1955–2000

He is probably best known for the role of the research worker Robespier Galabov portrayed by him in the Bulgarian hit movie The Past-Master (1970). His character appears also in the sequels The Past-Master on Excursion (1980) and The Past-Master at the Seaside (1982). Other notable film appearances include Gerlovo Event (1971) directed by Grisha Ostrovski and Farsighted for Two Diopters (1976) written by Mormarevi Brothers. Yakovlev is also known for the numerous roles on the stage of the Theatre “Salza i Smyah” (Tear and Laughter), Sofia.

In 1979, Yuriy Yakovlev was decorated with the high title “Honoured Artist”.

Biography and careerEdit

Yakovlev was born Yuriy Yurievich Yakovlev on October 5, 1930 in Riga, Latvia. His father Yuriy Dimitrievich Yakovlev, also actor and stage director, was of Russian descent. His mother Jeana Sladkarova - Yakovleva was a well known Bulgarian opera singer. Her brother Angel Sladkarov was among the founders of the operetta genre in Bulgaria. The first appearance on the stage of the young Yuriy Yurievich was at the age of 7 in a staging at Ivan Vazov National Theatre directed by his father. In 1955-56, after the graduation from The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Yakovlev junior was appointed in the Pernik Theatre for a year. Between 1956 and 1966, he played with the so-called “Working Front Theatre” and “People's Stage Theatre”. In 1967, Yakovlev joined the troupe of the newly founded theatre “Salza i Smyah” (Tear and Laughter), Sofia where he remained until his retirement from the stage in 1992.


Year Film Role Notes
English title Bulgarian title Transliteration
1970 The Past-Master Баш майсторът Bash Maystorat Robespier Galabov directed by Petar B. Vasilev
1971 Gerlovo Event Герловска история Gerlovska istoriya Bay Vasil directed by Grisha Ostrovski
1972 Hitchhiking Автостоп Avtostop Bay Tanas
1972 A Human Heart Сърце човешко Sartse choveshko Dr. Rusev
1974 Dawn Over the Drava Зарево над Драва Zarevo nad Drava directed by Zako Heskiya
1974 A Peasant on a Bicycle Селянинът с колелото Selyaninat s koleloto Maglena's father directed by Lyudmil Kirkov
1976 Farsighted for Two Diopters Два диоптъра далекогледство Dva dioptara dalekogledstvo the lawyer directed by Petar B. Vasilev
1979 Snapshots as Souvenirs Снимки за спомен Snimki za spomen Nikolina's father
1980 The Past-Master on Excursion Баш майсторът на екскурзия Bash maystorat na ekskurziya Robespier Galabov directed by Petar B. Vasilev
1983 To the Miss and Her Male Company За госпожицата и нейната мъжка компания Za gospozhitsata i neynata mazhka kompaniya the public prosecutor Drenski
1984 Question of Time Събеседник по желание Sabesednik po zhelanie Kosta



  • Gencheva, Galina (2008). Bulgarian Feature Films encyclopedia. Sofia: Publishing house "Dr Ivan Bogorov". ISBN 978-954-316-069-3.
  • Kovachev, Pencho (2008). 50 Golden Bulgarian Films. Sofia: Publishing house "Zahariy Stoyanov". ISBN 978-954-09-0281-4.

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