Nikolai Karachentsov passes away

Nikolai Karachentsov passes away

Russian actor Nikolai Karachentsov passed away in Moscow, a day before his 74th birthday, his son, Andrei Karachentsov, announced.

"Yes, we confirm this information. It happened in intensive care unit of Moscow's 62nd hospital, at 8:50 AM," he told TASS.

Wife of the actor, Lyudmila Porgina, also confirmed her husband's death, adding that date of his funeral will be announced later.

Nikolai Karachentsov was born on October 27, 1944 in Moscow. In 1963, Nikolai entered the Moscow Art Theatre School (course of Viktor Monyukov), which he graduated with honors in 1967. 

His role in the student performances "Snowstorm" and "Ivan Vasilyevich" received a high professional assessment. Usually school graduates were automatically "distributed" to the Moscow Art Theater, but in 1967 at the Lenkom Theatre, in connection with the departure from the post of the main director Anatoly Efros, there was a catastrophic situation of shortage of actors, and Karachentsov among the top ten students assigned to this theater.

Among the first works of Nikolai were the plays staged by Efros: performances "104 pages about love", "My poor Marat", "The movie is being shot", "Fear and despair in the third empire", "Farewell to arms!". Other popular productions with his participation were "Optimistic tragedy", "Dictatorship of conscience", "School for emigrants", "Sorry", "Czech photo". Among the last theatrical roles of the actor were prince Alexander Menshikov in "Balakirev the Buffoon" and Domenico Soriano in the "City of Millionaires".

Nikolai Karachentsov began to act in cinema in 1967: the first films with his participation were "Strokes to the portrait of Vladimir Lenin", "And again May." But the actor began to play actively in film only after the triumph of "Till". He also worked on dubbing foreign films, for example he voiced in Russian the roles of French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. In addition, he took part in voicing many cartoons and worked extensively on television and radio.

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