Osip Abdulov

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Osip Naumovich Abdulov
Osip Abdulov 1940.JPG
Born 16 November 1900 [O.S. 3 November]
Łódź, Piotrków Governorate
Russian Empire
Died 14 June 1953(1953-06-14) (aged 52)
Moscow, Russian SFSR
Soviet Union
Occupation Theater, radio, and film actor
Years active 1918 - 1953
Spouse(s) Yelizaveta Moiseyevna Abdulova (née Shekhtman)
Relatives Vsevolod Abdulov (son)
Awards People's Artist of the RSFSR (1944)
Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1949)
Stalin Prize (1951)

Osip Naumovich Abdulov (Russian: Осип Наумович Абдулов; 16 November 1900 [O.S. 3 November], Łódź – 14 June 1953, Moscow) was a Soviet actor.


Osip Naumovich Abdulov was born to a Jewish family in Łódź, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire) in 1900. He briefly studied at Moscow University (now Moscow State University) in 1917 before turning his interest to acting.[1]

Abdulov began working at the Shalyapin studio in 1918, where he had first performing role in 1919. He worked at various theaters in Moscow during the 1920s and 1930s and joined the company of the Theater of the Mossovet in 1943.

Abdulov additionally worked for Soviet radio broadcasting (first as an announcer and actor, then as a director) in 1924. He was involved in radio plays based on the dramatic works of Romain Rolland, Alphonse Daudet, Charles Dickens, Nikolay Gogol, and Maxim Gorky and took part in organizing artistic broadcasting for children. Abdulov worked as a news reader on Soviet radio during World War II.[2]

Abdulov began to appear in films in 1933.

He became a People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1944. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1949 and a Stalin State Prize (second degree) in 1951.

Osip Abdulov's son Vsevolod Osipovich Abdulov (1942 - 2002) also became a notable actor. Both were interred at the Vvedenskoye Cemetery in Moscow.

Notable roles

Theater roles

Year Title Playwright(s) Role
1928 Enough Stupidity for Every Wise Man Alexander Ostrovsky Krupitsky
1933 The Devil's Disciple George Bernard Shaw General Burgoyne
1933 Wolves and Sheep Alexander Ostrovsky Lynyayev
1933 The School for Taxpayers Louis Verneuil and Georges Berr Fromanteel
1940 Without a Dowry Alexander Ostrovsky Knurov
1945 The Seagull Anton Chekhov Sorin
1945 The Cabinet Minister's Wife Branislav Nušić Uncle Vas
1950 Dawn Over Moscow Anatoly Surov Academician Ryzhov
1953 The Story of Turkey Nâzım Hikmet Old ashik

Film roles

Year Title Director(s) Role
1936 The Last Night Yuly Rayzman and Dmitri Ivanovich Vasilyev Colonel
1936 The Dawn of Paris Grigory Roshal Vasse Jr.
1938 Treasure Island Vladimir Vaynshtok Long John Silver
1938 The Oppenheim Family Grigory Roshal Jacques Lavendel
1938 Honor Yevgeny Chervyakov Engineer
1945 The Man in a Case Isidor Annensky Tarantulov
1940 Shining Path Vitkor Ardov Dorokhov
1941 The Swineherd and the Shepherd Ivan Pyryev Levon Mikhaylovich
1941 How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich Andrey Kustov and Anisim Mazur Town governor
1941 The Sea Hawk Vladimir Braun Ivan Akimovich
1944 The Wedding Isidor Annensky Dymba the Greek
1944 The Duel Vladimir Legoshin Gestapo Colonel Krauschke
1949 Alexander Popov Herbert Rappaport and Vitkor Eysymont Isaacs


  1. The Encyclopedia of Russian Jewry Volume 1, Biographies A-I. (1998). Ed. Herman Branover. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aaronson. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-7657-9981-4.
  2. Geldern, James von. (1995). "Radio Moscow: The Voice from the Center". In Richard Stites (ed.), Culture and Entertainment in Wartime Russia. p. 46. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-20949-8.

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