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Oleg Basilashvili is a Actor Russe born on 26 september 1934 at Moscow (Russie)

Oleg Basilashvili

Oleg Basilashvili
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Birth name Oleg Valerianovich Basilashvili
Nationality Russie
Birth 26 september 1934 (84 years) at Moscow (Russie)
Awards People's Artist of the USSR

Oleg Valerianovich Basilashvili (Russian: Оле́г Валериа́нович Басилашви́ли, born 26 September 1934) is a well-known Soviet/Russian film and theatre actor of Georgian and Polish origin, as well as political figure in the former Soviet Union and in the new Russia.


Oleg Valerianovich Basilashvili was born on 26 September 1934 in Moscow, USSR. His father, named Valerian Basilashvili, was a director of the Moscow Polytechnical College. His mother, named Irina
Ilyinskaya, was a teacher of linguistics.

His father made up a humorous story that his grandfather had once arrested a dangerous criminal, named Dzhugashvili, who was really Joseph Stalin. In reality Basilashvili's maternal grandfather was a Russian orthodox priest and an architect, who participated in the construction of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. During the Second World War young Oleg Basilashvili was evacuated from Moscow to the Transcaucasian republic of Georgia. There young Basilashvili went to a primary school and lived with his paternal grandfather until the end of World War II.

Acting career
In 1956 Oleg Basilashvili graduated from the Acting School of the Moscow Art Theatre (MkHAT), where he had studied under Pavel Massalsky. His group was one of the most talented: among his group mates there was Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, Mikhail Kozakov and Tatiana Doronina, his first wife. He made his film debut as a young groom in film Nevesta (aka .. The Bride, 1956) by director Grigori Nikulin based on a story by Anton Chekhov. At that time together with his first wife, Tatiana Doronina, Basilashvili joined the troupe at the Bolshoi Drama Theatre (BDT) in Leningrad under the leadership of the legendary director Georgi Tovstonogov. Since 1959 Basilashvili has been a permanent member of the troupe at the BDT in St. Petersburg. There his stage partners were such stars as Kirill Lavrov, Tatyana Doronina, Alisa Freindlich, Lyudmila Makarova, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Zinaida Sharko, Valentina Kovel, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Oleg Borisov, Pavel Luspekayev, Sergei Yursky, and many other remarkable Russian actors. Basilashvili's most memorable stage works were in the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, Kholstomer based on the eponymous story of Leo Tolstoy, The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky, and other classic plays directed by Georgi Tovstonogov at the BDT in St. Petersburg.

Film career
Oleg Basilashvili shot to fame with his roles in films by director Eldar Ryazanov. They collaborated in such popular films as Office Romance (1977), Station for Two (1982), The Promised Heavens (1991), and Predskazanie (1993), which became significant box-office hits. Among Basilashvili’s film partners were such actors as Alisa Freindlich, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Nikita Mikhalkov, Nonna Mordyukova, Evgeni Leonov, and Natalya Gundareva, among many other Soviet/Russian film actors.

His most acclaimed film role was made in collaboration with director Georgi Daneliya in a remarkable film Autumn Marathon (1979). The film is a cross-genre comedy and melodrama with a bitter humor and satire of the Soviet life. In it Basilashvili plays a man in his mid-life crisis, who is torn between two nice women, his wife and his mistress, and all three of them become entangled in the game of lies and personal demands, being at the same time strangled by the stagnant Soviet reality. Basilashvili co-created a memorable acting ensemble with such actors, as Natalya Gundareva, Evgeni Leonov, Marina Neyolova, and Nikolai Kryuchkov. The film became a Soviet classic, and was awarded at International film festivals in Berlin and San Sebastian.

In the 1980s he appeared in eccentric films by Karen Shakhnazarov. Those were Kurer (Courier) (1987), Gorod Zero (Zero City) (1988), and Sny (Dreams) (1993). Dreams, a wild comedy about Perestroika is especially remarkable: in it Basilashvili tried on several images, those of a noble count from the past, a pornographer and a rock star.

In 2001 Oleg Basilashvili starred in Karen Shakhnazarov’s comedy Yady, ili vsemirnaya istoriya otravleniy (Poisons or the World History of Poisoning) (2001). The actor performed both as pensioner Prohorov and the Pope Alexander VI Borgia in it.

Among the actor’s other works of the early 21st century one can mention the role of Prof. Fyodorov in the historical film The Romanovs: A Crowned Family (2000) and General Yepanchin in the TV series The Idiot (2003) directed by Vladimir Bortko after the famous novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Selected filmography
Promised Heaven (1991)
Political career
During the 1990s he was a visible political figure in Russia, and was elected the representative of
Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1990. Eventually he became a member of the pro-democratic group of representatives in the Russian Parliament, and a supporter of such politicians as Anatoly Sobchak and the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Oleg Basilashvili was a strong proponent of returning the original name to the city of St. Petersburg. He quit politics after 2000, and focused on his acting career.

After a few years of his artistic hiatus, Oleg Basilashvili made a comeback with an impressive performance as Woland in the TV miniseries The Master and Margarita (2005), an adaptation of the eponymous novel of Mikhail Bulgakov by director Vladimir Bortko. In his own words, Basilashvili played the character of Woland in resemblance of an authoritarian and manipulative bureaucrat, alluding to a Soviet-era dictator. Basilashvili created a
powerful interplay with a stellar ensemble of actors, such as Aleksandr Abdulov, Kirill Lavrov, Anna Kovalchuk, Aleksandr Galibin, and other notable Russian actors.

Oleg Basilashvili was designated People's Artist of the USSR (1984). He was awarded the State Prize and was decorated by the Russian government.

Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1979)
Order of Merit for the Fatherland:
3rd class (5 February 2009) - for outstanding contribution to the development of domestic theatrical art and many years of fruitful activity
4th class (13 February 2004) - for outstanding contribution to the development of domestic theatrical art
Order of Friendship (17 December 1994) - for services to the people associated with the development of Russian statehood, the achievements in labor, science, culture, arts, strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations
People's Artist of USSR (1984)
Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1969)
People's Artist of RSFSR (1977)
State Prize of the RSFSR (1979) - for his role as Samokhvalova in the movie "Office Romance"
Prize of the Government of St. Petersburg in the field of literature, art and architecture
The award "Gold soffit" for Best Actor (1997)
The award "Golden Mask" award for Best Actor (2009) - the role of Prince K. in the play "Uncle's Dream"
International Theatre Prize in 2009 in the category "for his contribution to Russian theatre"
Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Oleg Basilashvili (15 films)

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Azazel (2002)
, 3h24
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Sergueï Bezroukov, Oleg Basilashvili, Marina Neïolova, Marina Aleksandrova
Roles Lavrenty Arkadyevich Mizinov
Rating65% 3.2926753.2926753.2926753.2926753.292675
This historical detective story features a young police inspector, Erast Fandorin. Fandorin’s adventures take place in the Russian Empire of the late 19th century, and he regularly finds himself at the center of key historical events, including development of Masonic and Revolutionary movements.
The Romanovs: A Crowned Family, 2h15
Directed by Gleb Panfilov
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Lynda Bellingham, Yuliya Novikova, Kseniya Kachalina, Olga Boudina, Andreï Kharitonov, Olga Vasilyeva
Roles professeur Sergueï Fiodorov
Rating69% 3.476253.476253.476253.476253.47625
The film begins on the night of February 22, 1917, before the Tsar departs to the war front of Stavka. Russia under Tsar Nicholas II was in the third year of World War I. By 1917, Russia had suffered many losses. Nevertheless, the tsar's authority with the people was high. Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) was an exception. Late at night, Nicholas and Alexandra are woken up by their son, Alexei who has a high fever, as well as Olga, the eldest of the five children. The next morning, Nicholas leaves to Stavka, at the war front. Meanwhile in Petrograd, people are starting to revolt. A street is bombed and many are killed. The Russian Revolution has started. Nicholas arrives at Stavka and he is told that his son Alexei, a hemophiliac, will not live to the age of 16. Back in Petrograd, Alexandra is told about the chaos in the city. At the Imperial Train, Nicholas is given documents requesting his abdication. He signs and is no longer Emperor of All the Russias. He had decided to give the throne to his son Alexei, but due to his bad health, he decides to give the throne to his brother Michael, who does not accept it. Russia is left without an emperor.
The Prediction, 1h59
Directed by Eldar Riazanov
Genres Thriller, Romance
Actors Oleg Basilashvili, Irène Jacob
Roles Oleg V. Goryunov
Rating63% 3.1515553.1515553.1515553.1515553.151555
Promised Heaven, 2h5
Directed by Eldar Riazanov
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Liya Akhedzhakova, Valentin Gaft, Oleg Basilashvili, Vyacheslav Nevinny, Lyudmila Ivanova
Roles President's friend
Rating70% 3.536613.536613.536613.536613.53661
Near one of Moscow's train stations, on a landfill site, a group of vagrants lives. Due to a variety of reasons, once prosperous people have lost their jobs, homes, loved ones and began to live on a garbage site. Among them are: Anphemia, a talented artist, and her brother Fedor Yelistratov, who was repressed in the days of Stalinism. Solomon, a former engineer, who lost his job because his family emigrated to Israel. The former cook and housemaid Katya, who was beaten and kicked out of her house by her drunkard son. The head of those unfortunate people is "President" - a former party worker Dmitry Loginov, who like his friend Fedor, was in Stalin's camps.
City Zero
City Zero (1989)
, 1h43
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev
Roles The Writer
Rating75% 3.7856853.7856853.7856853.7856853.785685
Varakin, un ingénieur moscovite, se rend pour affaires dans une petite ville de province et doit faire face à un tourbillon d'événements insolites et de situations kafkaïennes : La secrétaire qui le reçoit travaille nue, le directeur de l'usine qu'il visite découvre que son ingénieur en chef est mort noyé il y a huit mois. Le cuisinier du restaurant où va dîner Varakin lui offre un dessert en forme de tête humaine et se suicide car ce dernier refuse de goûter au gâteau offert. Les routes vont nulle part et la gare ne délivre pas de ticket...
Courier (1986)
, 1h28
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Oleg Basilashvili, Inna Tchourikova, Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov
Roles Katya's father
Rating80% 4.0395054.0395054.0395054.0395054.039505
Ivan Miroshnikov, а 17-year-old high school graduate, fails to enter university and gets fixed up with a job as a courier (delivery person) in a small publishing company. At the same his parents get divorced. His ironic and careless attitude to his new miserable job covers the deep confusion of his soul. By pure accident he meets a girl named Katya, daughter of a famous professor. She is bored with her perfect family and ordinary prosperity, and they start dating. But her sudden interest gradually fades away because she doesn't have enough strength for deliberate protest and Ivan, truthfully, is not particularly interested in her. Soon she returns to her old environment, and he stays face-to-face with his nearest future.
Station for Two, 2h21
Directed by Eldar Riazanov
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Oleg Basilashvili, Lioudmila Gourtchenko, Nikita Mikhalkov, Nonna Mordioukova, Eldar Riazanov, Mikhaïl Kononov
Roles Платон Рябинин
Rating78% 3.941543.941543.941543.941543.94154
There are three main heroes in this movie: Vera, a waitress; Platon, a pianist; and... a train station where these two people met. The differences in the heroes’ characters and professions, the plight that Platon found himself in (he is to be arrested and undergo trial) trigger a host of both amusing and sad situations which serve as a backdrop for their unfolding love. Platon is innocent of the crime he is accused of. He simply took the blame for his wife’s driving over a pedestrian. But this is known only to Platon’s wife and Vera in whom he confided. However, after the verdict has been passed, Platon’s life is of no interest to his wife, although Vera is ready to wait for his release.
Oblomov (1980)

Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Oleg Tabakov, Elena Solovei, Iouri Bogatyriov, Avangard Leontiev, Gleb Strizhenov, Andrei Popov
Roles (as O. Basilashvili)
Rating77% 3.888133.888133.888133.888133.88813
Une adaptation du roman Oblomov de Ivan Gontcharov.
Autumn Marathon, 1h30
Directed by Gueorgui Danielia
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Oleg Basilashvili, Evgueni Leonov, Marina Neïolova, Natalya Georgyevna Gundareva, Galina Volchek, Norbert Kuchinke
Roles Андрей Бузыкин
Rating79% 3.992583.992583.992583.992583.99258
Un homme, partagé entre sa femme et sa maîtresse, mène une double vie qui l'harasse et s'enferme dans le mensonge. Pourtant, malgré l'aggravation de la situation, il ne peut se décider à choisir
Office Romance, 2h31
Directed by Eldar Riazanov
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Andrey Myagkov, Alissa Freindlich, Oleg Basilashvili, Svetlana Vladimirovna Nemolyaeva, Lyudmila Ivanova, Liya Akhedzhakova
Roles Юрий Григорьевич Самохвалов
Rating77% 3.8981053.8981053.8981053.8981053.898105
The action takes place in Moscow in 1976. Anatoly Yefremovich Novoseltsev, a clumsy single father of two sons, works at a statistical bureau. His boss is a strict unmarried woman, Ludmila Prokofievna Kalugina, nicknamed "our frump" by her subordinates. She has some self-confidence problems, hidden behind her gloomy humorless demeanor and plain old-fashioned look. Novoseltsev’s colleagues consider him as a smart and experienced worker. He dreams about a promotion and a raise that would help him provide for his children, but he is too timid to talk to his boss about it. His former classmate and old friend, Yuri Grigorievich Samokhvalov, recently appointed assistant manager of the institution, suggests appointing Novoseltsev as a head of the light industry department, but Kalugina rejects it believing that Novoseltsev is not good enough for the position. Then, following Samokhvalov's advice, Novoseltsev unwillingly tries to flirt with "the Frump" at a party in Samokhvalov's apartment in order to "get into contact" with her. Feeling extremely uneasy he tries in vain to make conversation with her - talks about random things such as picking berries and mushrooms, reads poetry, shows off his singing and dancing abilities (in a very comical way), but Kalugina gets annoyed and severely criticizes all his attempts to impress her. Eventually Novoseltsev becomes frustrated, flares up and tells Kalugina right in her face that he considers her dry, inhuman and heartless.
A Slave of Love, 1h34
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Origin Russie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about films
Actors Oleg Basilashvili, Aleksandr Kaliaguine, Elena Solovei, Vera Kouznetsova, Nikita Mikhalkov, Iouri Bogatyriov
Roles Yuzhakov
Rating73% 3.688963.688963.688963.688963.68896
The film is set in the Autumn/Fall of 1918, during the Russian Civil War.
Choice of Purpose, 2h38
Directed by Igor Talankine
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Serge Bondartchouk, Irina Skobtseva, Nikolai Petrovich Burlyayev, Innokenti Smoktounovski, Sergueï Iourievitch Iourski, Alla Demidova
Rating66% 3.30983.30983.30983.30983.3098
The film depicts the nuclear arms race that took place between all sides in the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War. The first part centers on the war years, dealing with the Manhattan Project and the American effort to beat the Germans to the bomb, as well as with Stalin's decision that the USSR must have its own atomic project. The second part displays the Soviet post-war nuclear program. The plot deals mainly with the personal dilemmas facing all the scientists who worked on the atomic weapons.