Boris Andreyev (actor)

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Boris Andreyev
Борис Андреев
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Boris Fyodorovich Andreyev

(1915-02-09)9 February 1915
Died25 April 1982(1982-04-25) (aged 67)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Voice actor
Years active1939–1982
HonoursPeople's Artist of the USSR (1962)

Boris Fyodorovich Andreyev (Russian: Бори́с Фёдорович Андре́ев; 9 February [O.S. 27 January] 1915 – 25 April 1982) was a Soviet and Russian actor. He appeared in 51 films between 1939 and 1982. People's Artist of the USSR (1962).


Boris Andreyev was born 9 February 1915 in Saratov, Russian Empire to a family of workers, his childhood and youth years were spent in Atkarsk, Saratov Governorate. After completing the seventh grade at school, Andreyev went to work as a mechanic-electrician at a сombine factory, where he started going to a local theatrical circle. There he was noticed by a famous Saratov actor, Ivan Slonov, who suggested that he enter the Saratov Theatre Technical School, from which Boris Andreyev successfully graduated in 1937.

For a while, Boris Andreyev played on the Saratov Drama Theater's stage. During the theater tour in Moscow, film director Ivan Pyryev offered him the role of Nazar Duma in Tractor Drivers (1939), it became his first film role and also brought him great popularity in the medium.

His next notable role was as Khariton Balun in A Great Life (1st part in 1939, 2nd part in 1958).

During the Second World War, Andreyev with Mark Bernes acted in the legendary Soviet film Two Soldiers (1943).

In the role of Ilya Zhurbin in A Big Family (1954) Andreyev demonstrated his ability to play psychologically-complicated characters, his roles in Cruelty (1959) and The Road to Berlin (1962) brought forth two of his most intense performances. The role of Vozhak in the film Optimistic Tragedy became one of the defining performances of his career and one of its major highlights.

In the 1971–1973 years, Boris Andreyev served as the narrator of several documentaries, such as People's Artist Andreyev, People's Artist Kasymov and People's Artist Shukur Burkhanov.

He was buried at Vagankovo Cemetery in Moscow.


Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1939 A Great Life Khariton Balun
1939 The Fighters
1941 Valery Chkalov
1943 Two Soldiers
1944 I Am a Sailor of the Black Sea Fleet Stepan Polosukhin and His father Grigoriy Polosukhin
1945 Dark Is the Night Khristoforov
1949 The Fall of Berlin Alexei Ivanov
1952 The Unforgettable Year 1919 Shibaev
1953 Marina's Destiny
1954 A Big Family Ilya Matveyevich Zhurbin
1956 Ilya Muromets Ilya Muromets
1961 The Cossacks Eroshka
Chronicle of Flaming Years
1963 Optimistic Tragedy Vozhak
1964 The Enchanted Desna
1971 Treasure Island Long John Silver
1982 Tears Were Falling Nikolai Vanichkin

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