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Bystry Istok, Altai province, URSS, now Russia
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Valeri Zolotukhin is a renown actor and writer. He was born Valeri Sergeevich Zolotukhin on June 21, 1941, in Bystry Istok, Altai region, Russia. His father was the Chairman of a Collective Farm; a powerful man in that remote Siberian region. His mother was a homemaker. A the age of 7 Zolotukhin fell out of window and suffered a severe trauma. He had to wear a cast and used crutches for several years, but he was dreaming of becoming an actor; because he was inspired by the touring drama troupe. Upon his graduation from the village school, Zolotukhin went straight to Moscow. In spite of being lame he was admitted to the Department of Musical Comedy at the Moscow Theatre Institute (GITIS). While being a student he made his name as a singer of popular folk songs. Zolotukhin married his girlfriend from the acting class, Nina Shatskaya, on the Valentine`s Day, February 14, 1963. That same year he graduated from the Department of Musical Comedy of the Moscow Theatre Institute (GITIS). Zolotukhin was hired by Yuri Lyubimov almost simultaneously with the famous singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky and the two actors became best friends. From 1964 Zolotukhin was permanent member of the legendary troupe at the Taganka Theatre, working mostly with the famous director Yuri Lyubimov. Zolotukhin shines on stage and in film as an actor of multifaceted talent and great versatility. Valeri Zolotukhin was once asked by the Taganka director Yuri Lyubimov to play the role of Hamlet instead of Vladimir Vysotsky, who was very busy with concert tours and traveling abroad. Zolotukhin had several rehearsals as Hamlet, and he was confronted by Vysotsky, "Valery, if you ever play Hamlet, I`ll leave this theatre on the day of your premiere. I`ll leave and go to the worst theatre." Hamlet was a dream role for any actor. Finally Vysotsky won. Zolotukhin generously stepped aside and never played Hamlet. Later Vysotsky summarized: "Zolotukhin is aware that he is the best. That`s why he is never jealous."
He shot to fame after starring in popular films `Khozyain taygi` (1968) and `Interventsiya` (1969), where his film partner was Vladimir Vysotsky.
Zolotukhin recently published a two-volume edition of his memoirs. He presented many revelations and unusually candid observations in his well-written memoirs; sincere, sharp, generous and insightful comments about his career and about some of his stage and film partners.
Valery Zolotukhin received numerous awards for his film and theatre performances. In the course of his acting career he appeared in more than 40 feature films, 20 TV works, and played over 60 roles on stage. He was honored with the title of People`s Actor of Russia in 1987. Valeri Zolotukhin is a proud father of three sons. He is currently residing in Moscow, Russia.
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oscow Theatre Institute (GITIS), 1963
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Valeri Sergeyevich Zolotukhin
Valeri Sergeevich Zolotukhin (Russian: Валерий Серге́евич Золотухин, 21 June 1941 in Altai Krai, USSR – 30 March 2013 in Moscow, Russia) was a Russian theatrical and cinema actor from the Taganka Theatre. He was named a People's Artist of Russia in 1987.
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