Alim Kouliev

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Alim Kouliev
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Master and Margarita. Rehearsal
Born (1959-06-24) June 24, 1959 (age 63)
Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkar ASSR, USSR
Nationality Balkar
Occupation Stage actor, film actor, theater director

Alim Kaisynovich Kouliev (born June 24, 1959) is a Russian-American actor and director of Balkar origin. Kouliev was born in Nalchik — a small city in USSR. His father was the Balkar poet Kaisyn Kuliev. His elder brother Eldar Kuliev is a Russian film director and a screenwriter, living in Moscow. His younger brother Azamat Kuliev is the Russian painter, living and working in Istanbul, Turkey. At the age of seven, Kouliev was influenced by Vladimir Visotsky an acclaimed Russian actor, poet and singer, one of his father's younger colleagues in a poetry field. Alim decided to become an actor.[1]


He studied acting at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in Moscow. After serving in the Soviet Army, he continued his education at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he graduated from the acting class of Yevgeny Matveyev, an acclaimed master of theater and cinema.[2] His class mate was Natalya Vavilova. Kouliev also studied stage directing at GITIS in 1981.

Ever since he was a student, Kouliev appeared on professional stage. His first significant role on stage was Mercutio in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Aleksandr Demidov Theater-Studio, where he also plaid Atavio in The Moods of Marianne by Alfred de Musset and Meleander in Maurice Maeterlinck's Aglavain and Selyzett.[3] He broke into films starring as a Joseph Codrero in Copper Angel with Leonid Kuravlyov, Anatoly Kuznetsov, Aleksandr Filippenko, Leonid Yarmolnik. He has twelve years of acting experience working in several leading Moscow theaters and has had several roles in famous Russian feature films. He has also performed extensively as an actor for radio and TV. Kouliev created many great characters in classic and contemporary productions, under the best Russian theatrical and cinema directors.

In 1991 his life changed dramatically. He moved to the United States.

After the long break in his career as an actor Kouliev made his comeback. In Los Angeles, he became a key member of the theatrical troupe Dreamhouse Ensemble, where he played Sasha Smirnoff in Room Service and Uncle Tovit in Jimmy Christ.[4] At the present time the producer-actor-director works in Hollywood with "The Master Project", his own stage adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita.[5] The Staging of Master and Margarita has been Kouliev's long-cherished dream as a director. He vividly expresses himself in the Master Project as a mature and sophisticated painter of life.


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Immured in glass (Zamurovannye v stekle)
1984 Copper Angel Jose Codrero
1986 Jaguar Cadet
1988 All Costs Paid Urka TV Film
1988 The Story of One Billiard-Room Mustached Man
2001 The Secret KGB Paranormal Files Egyptian consulate courier TV Documentary
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Interrogator
2009 Taxi Dance Dmitry
2010 Medal of Honor Chechen Fighter Video game
2012 I Love Your Moves Kolya Video
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Russian Cabbie
2015 El Freeman Yuri


  1. "Alim Kouliev. Interview" (in Russian). Magazine Мужской характер #20. Retrieved September 14, 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Yevgeny Matveyev" (in Russian). Retrieved September 14, 2009.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Alim Kouliev" (in Russian). Kино-театр.ру. Retrieved September 1, 2009.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Alim Kouliev". Dreamhouse Ensemble. Retrieved August 18, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Devil World in The City of Angels" (in Russian). Retrieved September 1, 2009.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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