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Privolzhsk, Ivanovo province, Soviet Union, now Russia
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Za dvumya zaytsami, 1961
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Oleg Borisov was born Albert Ivanovich Borisov on November 8, 1929, in Privolzhsk, Ivanovo region, Russia, Soviet Union. His given name was Albert, which was chosen by his mother in honor of the Belgian prince Albert, who visited Moscow in 1929. His parents were agricultural professionals. His mother, Nadezhda Andreevna, was an agricultural engineer, and also an amateur actress at a local drama. His father, Ivan Borisov, was a wounded WWI veteran, who worked as director of Privolzhsk Agricultural Technical School. During the World War II young Oleg Borisov was a tractor driver at a collective farm near Moscow. After WWII Borisov graduated from a secondary school and was admitted to the Moscow Art Theatre School of Acting in 1947. While a student Borisov was regarded for his talent as a comedian. He graduated from the MKhAT School of Acting in 1951, and worked with the troupe of the Kiev Russian Drama Theatre named after Lesia Ukrainka. In 1954 he married Alla Romanovna (nee Latynskaya), the daughter of director of the Kiev Russian Drama Theatre. Their son, Yuri Borisov, was born in 1956.
In 1955, Borisov made his film debut at the Dovzhenko Film Studio in Kiev, Ukraine; he played a cameo role in `Mat` (Mother 1955) by director Mark Donskoy. He continued his film career in collaboration with most famous directors.
In 1964, director Georgi Tovstonogov invited Oleg Borisov to join the troupe of the Bolshoi Drama Theatre (BDT). From 1964 - 1983 Borisov was a permanent member of the troupe at BDT in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
Oleg Borisov was a stellar example of a rare, beautiful, and disobedient talent. In 1982 Borisov was invited by Oleg Yefremov to Moscow. From 1983-1990 Borisov worked with the Moscow Art Theatre. At the same time Borisov made stage works at the Moscow Central Theatre of the Soviet Army, such as, his acclaimed portrayal of the Emperor Pavel I in the eponymous play by Dmitri Merezhkovsky. During the course of his acting career Borisov shared the views of Konstantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, who believed that stage acting is a superior form of art. Borisov confessed that he had greater satisfaction from his stage works, than from any film.
During many years Oleg Borisov suffered from a severe stress and finally contracted a stress-related blood disorder, a rare incurable form of leukemia. Oleg was writing notes for almost 20 years, which were published as a memories book posthumously by his son, director Yuri Borisov. Oleg Borisov was designated People`s Artist of the USSR (1978) and received a State Prize of the USSR (1978) for his stage works. In 1990 Borisov won Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival. He played over 70 roles in film and television. He also directed stage productions and led several popular radio shows. In 1992 Oleg Borisov made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem together with his wife. He died of complications from a blood disorder on April 28, 1994, in Moscow, Russia.
Moscow Art Theatre School of Acting, 1947
Full Name at Birth
Albert Ivanovich Borisov
Oleg Ivanovich Borisov (Russian: Оле́г Ива́нович Бори́сов; 8 November 1929 – 28 April 1994) was a well-known Russian film and theatre actor, whose honors included the title of People's Artist of the USSR (1978), two USSR State Prizes (1978, 1991) as well as the Volpi Cup (1990).
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