Leonid Leonidov

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Leonid Leonidov
Born Leonid Mironovich Leonidov
3 June [O.S. 22 May] 1873
Odessa, Russian Empire
Died 6 August 1941(1941-08-06) (aged 68)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Occupation Actor, Theatre director, Pedagogue

Leonid Mironovich Leonidov (Russian: Леонид Миронович Леонидов, 3 June [O.S. 22 May] 1873 – 6 August 1941) was a Russian actor and stage director.


Born in a Jewish family in Odessa (his real last name was Volfenzon, Russian: Вольфензон), he worked in the Moscow Art Theatre from 1903. His roles included Dmitri Karamazov, Othello, Lopakhin. In 1920s and 1930s he also appeared in several films. Konstantin Stanislavski called him "the only Russian tragic actor." Leonidov was honored with People's Artist of the USSR in 1936.[1]

Selected filmography


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