Célèbre pour: Acting · Date de naissance: 1904-01-01 · Date de décès: 1978-01-01 (74 ans) · Sexe: Hommes · Lieu de naissance: Ostrov, Pskov Governorate, Russian Empire [now Pskov Oblast, Russia]
Alias: Vasili Merkuriev · Василий Меркурьев · V. Merkuryev · Vasiliy Merkurev · Василий Васильевич Меркyрьев · Vasili Vasilyevich Merkuryev
Vasili Merkuryev was born in 1904 into a mixed Russian-German family. His father Vasily Ilyich Merkuryev was a Russian laborer turned a merchant. He ran a successful business selling tar and fish. His mother Anna Ivanovna Grossen was of German descent. She emigrated from Switzerland along with her brother Heinrich. Vasili was the fourth of their six sons. He was raised in his native town of Ostrov and became an actor of the local theater at the age of 16. In 1921 he moved to Petrograd and entered the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy which he finished in 1926. He later returned to the academy to work as a teacher and became a professor in 1961. Between 1926 and 1937 Merkuryev had worked in five different drama theaters, all based in Leningrad. In 1937 he entered the Alexandrinsky Theatre where he served till his death, both as an actor and stage director. He turned to cinema in 1924 and played a small part in the 9 January propaganda movie. His next role happened only 10 years later in a social drama Engineer Gof (also known as Land Ahead) directed by Rashel Milman. Although he played the main part, the movie turned unsuccessful. He met Irina Meyerhold during the filming process and married her. Between 1935 and 1974 Merkuryev appeared in 58 films. He is mostly remembered for his comedy roles in movies such as True Friends (1954), Heavenly Slug (1945) and Cinderella (1947). He also played one of the main parts in the war drama The Cranes Are Flying directed by Mikhail Kalatozov that won the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.He continued his theater and movie career when the war started. During the evacuation he served as a director of the Narym Theater (1942-1944), as well as a director of the Novosibirsk Youth Theatre in 1944-1945. Vasili Merkuryev died on 12 May 1978 in Leningrad. He was buried in the Volkovo Cemetery.
Films & Séries
Début de l'expédition interstellaire équipée de « pionniers » (scouts soviétiques)..
Here Is Our House
A young and ambitious engineer comes into conflict with old-fashioned structures that don't acknowledge his honesty.
Faithful Friend Sancho
Ten year old Sancho arrives to Leningrad and starts looking for friends.
Kseniya, Fyodor's Beloved Wife
Fyodor et Kseniya ont travaillé pendant de nombreuses années sur divers chantiers. Ils se déplaçaient constamment d'une auberge à une autre et rêvaient de leur propre nid confortable. Leur rêve s'est ...
The Great Tamer
In one small provincial town lives Savva Kulikov. In ordinary life, he is an exemplary Soviet citizen and an up-and-coming economist, but Kulikov has an unusual hobby — he trains his own pets, teachi...
The Seven Brides of Lance-Corporal Zbruyev
After a photo of Konstantin Zbruyev got published in the magazine he got a lot of letters. So now it's a time for travel across the country in order to find a bride.
Nids de gentilshommes
Dans les années 1840, un noble russe, trompé par sa femme, rentre d'Italie et retrouve avec plaisir son domaine. Mais la première visite rendue à ses voisins le met en présence de son indigne épouse.
General Zhuravlev fought on the fronts of World War II, and is now designing spacecraft. Sending a rocket with astronaut Borodin on the flight, he recalls the namesake of the astronaut - a young tankm...
I Accept the War
Lida Baburova, a tour guide of an architectural museum, unexpectedly receives a warrant for a two-room apartment in the new district of Zarechye, among the new settlers called "our Cheryomushki". Lid...
The Whistle Stop
Moscow academician Pavel Pavlovich comes to a picturesque village on the seashore to calmly spend his vacation here. Whiling away the time for sketches, he manages to get acquainted with the local guy...
Les années de feu
Cette fois, Solnsteva dirige un film que son défunt mari a écrit mais n'a pas vécu assez longtemps pour tourner. Le drame se concentre sur l'héroïsme des civils et des soldats pendant les périodes de ...
The Girl With Whom I Was Friends
A first feeling starts to develop between a boy and a girl living in the same building but her family suddenly must move.
A Sleepless Night
AYoung engineer Pavel Kaurov goes to his first destination — to the port city of Sibirsk. He is appointed to lead a group of cranes: gantry and floating. After several troubles Pavel mastered the port...
A Summer to Remember
Basé sur le livre de Vera Panova sur une relation compliquée entre un garçon de 8 ans et son nouveau beau-père.
An Ordinary Man
Based on the play of the same name by Leonid Leonov. The famous singer Ladygin, who has won success and fame, lives in a spacious apartment furnished with paintings and luxury goods. Suddenly, an old ...
Quand passent les cigognes
Veronika et Boris se réunissent à Moscou peu avant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Marchant le long de la rivière, ils regardent des grues voler au-dessus, et promettent de se retrouver avant que Boris pa...
Behind the Footlights
Russian Empire, the middle of the XIX century. Aged, beggar dramatic actor Lev Gurych Sinichkin, in search of work, wanders through the cities with his young daughter Liza. They dream that Lisa someda...
Did We Meet Somewhere Before
Maximov and his wife Larisa Levkoyeva going to vacation, but in last minutes Levkoyeva were called back to theater. And Maximov goes all alone to the Crimea on the train. On the one of station he miss...
Histoire de 3 amis d'enfance qui se sont retrouvés plus tard dans la vie et ont décidé de rafting sur l'une des rivières moscoviennes.
The Honor of Comrade
A story about training and educating of a future Red Army officers.
Based on the play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky. Two poor actors, Neschastlivtsev and Schastlivtsev, — no money, no work, no tobacco and that, having put on fake orders, armed with a pistol...
The Battle of Stalingrad
Heavy-handed propaganda film made by the Soviet government in 1949.
Command of one of the Soviet divisions becomes aware of the alleged enemy counterattack. The scouts sent into the enemy's rear to refine the data returned. A new group of seven scouts, called "The St...
Story of a Real Man
Alexey Meresyev was a fighter pilot during the war. One day he was shot down by Nazis, and because of his wounds both of his legs had to be cut off up to his knees. Because of his spirit and courage, ...
Dans le royaume des fées, vivent sa belle-mère, ses mauvaises filles — Anna et Maryana, un mari-forestier lisse et sa fille de son premier mariage — Cendrillon. La belle-mère exploite la pauvre fille ...
The Sky Slow-Mover
Three pilots are best friends and good fighters. During the WWII they are taking an oath to refrain from love until the end of the War. But soon they meet three women-pilots. One by one they give up t...
Song about Friendship
Fedya Yatsevich is going to a holiday home, his wife Lara - on a business trip to Zaraysk, for the whole summer. Their large apartment remains empty. At the same time, a friend of Larisa, Alesia, whom...
One night, the crew of the Derbent tanker receives a signal about oil ignition on the Agamali tanker. Despite the fire threatening to spill onto the ship, Derbent is in a hurry to help ...
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