Hamo Beknazarian

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Hamo Beknazarian
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Born Ambartsum Beknazaryan
May 19, 1891
Yerevan, Armenia
Died April 27, 1965(1965-04-27) (aged 73)
Moscow, USSR
Nationality Armenian
Occupation film director, actor and screenwriter
Awards Stalin Prize

Hamo Beknazarian (Armenian: Համո Բեկնազարյան; Russian: Амбарцум Бек-Назаров) (May 19, 1891 – April 27, 1965), also known as Hamo Bek-Nazarov or Amo Bek-Nazarian, was a Soviet Armenian film director, actor and screenwriter


Hamo Beknazarian was born on May 19, 1891 in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, Russian Empire. His career in cinema started in 1914, when a casual acquaintance offered him a part in a film. Since that part, he decided to pursue a career in cinema. Between 1914 and 1918, he played about 70 parts, becoming a popular actor in pre-Revolutionary Russian film. In 1920, instead of going to Armenia as he had decided, he went to Tbilisi where he developed a film department for the Georgian Commissioner's office of Public Education. He shot many films in Tbilisi, including "The Father Murderer" and "Lost Treasures." In 1925, he shot his first Armenian film and moved to Armenia. In 1933, he shot the first Armenian sound film "Pepo." In 1941, Beknazarian was awarded the Stalin Prize. Besides feature films he also shot few documentaries.

Hamo Beknazarian died on April 27, 1965 in Moscow, USSR.

Hamo Beknazaryan's grave in Armenian Cemetery of Moscow



  • Peter Rollberg. Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. pp. 95–97. ISBN 9780810860728.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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