Evgeniy Evstigneev

Evgeniy Evstigneev

Evgeniy Evstigneev

Date of Birth 9 October 1926, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Date of Death 4 March 1992, London, England, UK

Birth Name Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Yevstigneyev

Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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Evgeni Aleksandrovich Evstigneev (Yevgeni Yevstigneyev) was born on October 9, 1926, in Gorky, Russia, USSR (now Nizhni Novgorod, Russia). His father, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Evstigneev, was a metal worker. His mother, Maria Ivanovna (nee Chernysheva), was an industrial metal-miller. Young Evstigneev also worked as an industrial metal-worker in the city of Gorky.

In 1946 Evstigneev made an effort to enter the Gorky Theatrical School. There he was criticized by one of the examiners and was rejected with a comment: "We do not need short, balding actor.s" He had to return to his industrial job. However, he was able to express his creativity through music performances. Evstigneev was fond of American jazz music: he played drums with a local jazz-band in the city of Gorky. There he was scouted by Vitali Lebsky, director of Gorky Theatrical School. Vitali Lebsky immediately noticed Evstigneev's bright smile and musical virtuosity, and was impressed with Evstigneev's radiant personality and stage presence. Lebsky admitted Evstigneev to his acting class without an entrance exams. From 1946-1951 Evstigneev studied acting and graduated from the Gorky Theatrical school in 1951. From 1951-1954 he worked with the Vladimir City Drama Theatre.

In 1954 Evstigneev came to Moscow in his pursuit of an acting career. At that time the cultural revival known as the "Thaw" was initiated by Nikita Khrushchev, which opened many new opportunities for talented people. From 1954-1956 Evstigneev studied at School of Acting of the legendary Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT). There he became involved with the Moscow intellectual and artistic milieu. In 1955 Evstigneev joined Oleg Efremov, Oleg Tabakov, Igor Kvasha, Galina Volchek, and other student-actors to start an independent theatre company, named 'Studio of Young Actors'. In 1956, upon their graduation, Evstigneev and his fellow actors became co-founders of their own theatre company in Moscow which became known as "Sovremennik". In 1957 he married actress Galina Volchek, their son Denis Evstigneev was born in 1961.

Evstigneev shot to fame after he starred as Comrade Dynin in 'Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen' (Welcome, or No Trespassing 1964) by director Elem Klimov. He made remarkable performances in films from such directors, as Grigoriy Chukhray, Eldar Ryazanov, Mikhail Shvejtser, Aleksandr Alov, Vladimir Naumov, Karen Shakhnazarov, Leonid Filatov, Stanislav Govorukhin, Vladimir Bortko, Yuriy Kara, and other Russian film directors. From 1971-1992 he was a permanent member of the troupe of Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT). His stage partners were Anastasiya Georgiyevskaya, Oleg Efremov, Sergey Yurskiy, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Viktor Sergachyov, Evgeniy Kindinov, Boris Shcherbakov, and other notable Russian actors.

Evgeni Evstigneev was awarded the State Prize of the USSR (1974) for his theatrical work. He was designated People's Artist of the USSR (1983) and received numerous awards and recognitions for his acting works in film and on stage. Evstigneev suffered from a chronic heart condition and complications from a heart attack. He died while undergoing preparation for a heart surgery on March 4, 1992, in London, England, and was laid to rest in the Novodevichy Convent Cemetery in Moscow, Russia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (3)

Irina Tsyvina (1988 - 4 March 1992) (his death)

Liliya Evstigneeva (1968 - 1986) (her death) (1 child)

Galina Volchek (1957 - 1964) (divorced) (1 child)

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The father, with Galina Volchek, of Denis Evstigneev


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Evgeniy Evstigneev was born on Saturday, 9 October 1926 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]. His full name at birth was Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Yevstigneyev. He was best known as an actor. Evstigneev's country of citizenship (nationality) was Russian. He died on Wednesday, 4 March 1992 in London, England, UK at the age of 65. For university, he studied at School of Acting of the Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT), 1956. His religion is listed as Atheist. He had grey eyes and blonde hair (color). His zodiac star sign was Libra.

You can find people similar to Evgeniy Evstigneev by visiting our lists Recipients of the Vasilyev Brothers State Prize of the RSFSR and 20th-century Russian male actors.

Full name at birth
Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Yevstigneyev
Claim to fame
role of Comrade Dynin in `Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen`
Date of birth
9 October 1926
Place of birth
Nizhny Novgorod, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Date of death
4 March 1992
65 (age at death)
Place of death
London, England, UK
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Actor (106 credits)
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Evgeniy Evstigneev is known for his role in the film Zimniy vecher v Gagrakh (1985) as Aleksey Beglov.

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