Vladimir Zeldin

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Vladimir Zeldin
File:Vladimir Zeldin in Kremlin 21 May 2015-1.jpg
Born (1915-02-10) February 10, 1915 (age 107)
Kozlov, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire
Occupation Actor
Years active 1935-present

Vladimir Mikhailovich Zeldin (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Зе́льдин; born February 10, 1915) is a Russian theatre and cinema actor and a centenarian.[1] Zeldin was born in the town of Kozlov (now Michurinsk). In 1935 he graduated from the theatre college at the Mossovet Theatre and became its actor. For over 60 years he has been working in the Russian Army Theatre, Moscow.

Zeldin became an all-Union celebrity in 1941 starring in the comedy Svinarka i pastukh. His other most famous works as a film actor include Skazanie o zemle sibirskoy (1947), Uchitel’ tantsev (1952), Karnavalnaya noch (1956), Dyadya Vanya (1970) and Desyat negrityat (1987).

In February 2005 Zeldin celebrated his 90th birthday with the premiere of the musical Man of La Mancha (translated into Russian) where he still stars both as Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes.

He is, as of 2014, the oldest living People's Artist of the USSR. He turned 100 in 2015.[2]

Honours and awards



  1. "Vladimir Zeldin". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Рыцарь образа: 100 лет Владимиру Зельдину (in Russian). TASS. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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