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Georgiy Vitsin

Georgiy Vitsin

105 Movies · 4 TV Series

Biography

Vitsin was born in St. Petersburg, formerly known as Petrograd, in 1917 (official data, in truth, says he was born in Terijoki, former Finland, now Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg). He enjoyed a long acting career and continued performing until close to the end of his life. Apart from playing with Yuri Nikulin and Yevgeny Morgunov, he appeared in dozens of films that earned him the adoration of millions.Modest and sympathetic characters played by Vitsin evoked kindly feelings of viewers. At the same time the actor played in detective, historical and lyrical feature films.His first film roles date to the 1940s. He gained nationwide popularity in the former Soviet Union with the emergence of a series of 1960s comedies by director Leonid Gaidai. He played the role of the Coward among a trio of colorful, scheming characters in such Gaidai movies as Bootleggers (1962), Operation Y and Other Adventures of Shurik (1965), and Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967). The last two subsequently beat the Soviet all-time record of ticket sales. The trio of actors, including the late Yuri Nikulin and Yevgeny Morgunov, was "the most popular ensemble in the history of the national cinema." In 1990, he was awarded the top artistic title of the Soviet era, that of People's Artist of the USSR.In spite of the plenty of his characters Vitsin's talent deserved something greater and he never played the major role of his life. “Vitsin is awfully gifted and both of us together are not worth his finger”, his partners Nikulin and Morgunov said about him.According to an Oscar-winning film director Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitsin "was one of those rare people and actors whom upon meeting, you immediately feel as if they must know just as much about you as you know about them." According to Mikhalkov, Vitsin was also rare in that his popularity did not affect his personality. He was modest to the point that even in the years leading up to his death, when his financial circumstances were abysmal, he never asked for help. Russian media reported that Vitsin had declined into alcoholism and vagrancy but these reports were false.During the last seven years of his life Georgy Vitsin did not act in films and appeared only in comic concerts of the Theatre of Film Actor. On October 22, 2001 at 4:30 p.m., the People's Artist of the USSR died. Georgy Vitsin was buried at Vagankovo Cemetery, Moscow.A monument to Georgy Vitsin was established in Zelenogorsk in 2008 marking the town's 460th jubilee and the 90th anniversary since the actor's birthday.

Movies & TV Series

1994.

2 Movies

1992.

1 Movie

1987.

1 Movie

1986.

1 Movie

1985.

2 Movies

1984.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1983.

1 TV Series

1982.

1 TV Series

1981.

2 Movies

1980.

2 Movies

1979.

1 Movie

1978.

2 Movies

1977.

1 Movie

1976.

3 Movies · 1 TV Series

1975.

5 Movies

1974.

5 Movies

1973.

3 Movies

1971.

6 Movies

1970.

1 Movie

1969.

1 Movie

1968.

5 Movies

1967.

5 Movies

1966.

3 Movies

1965.

4 Movies

1964.

7 Movies

1963.

3 Movies

1962.

4 Movies

1961.

5 Movies

1960.

2 Movies

1959.

5 Movies

1958.

3 Movies

1957.

4 Movies

1956.

6 Movies

1955.

3 Movies

1954.

1 Movie

1953.

2 Movies

1952.

1 Movie

1947.

1 Movie
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