Valery Zolotukhin

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  • Name: Valery Zolotukhin ( Valeriy & Zolotuhin )
  • Date of birth: 21 June 1941
  • Age: 71
  • Date of death: 30 Mar 2013
  • Place of birth: village of bystryy Istok, Altai Krai
  • Height: 175
  • Activity: the Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, people’s artist of the RSFSR
  • Marital status: married

    Valery Zolotukhin: biography

    Valery Zolotukhin was born in June 1941 in the Altai region. In the village of Quick Source, he spent his childhood and teenage years. Valery’s parents – simple peasants. Only later, when he grew older, his father was elected Chairman of the collective farm.

    The trouble with Zolotukhin happened when he was 7 years old. He accidentally fell from the window of the 2nd floor and hurt his knee. But the doctor has misdiagnosed the boy and put a cast on the leg. The wrong treatment had tragic consequences – tuberculosis of the bone.

    To 8th class Valery Zolotukhin could only move on crutches. He stoically endured the taunts of classmates and dreamed, it seemed the impossible: to become an artist.

    After high school, Valery Zolotukhin, a simple farm boy with a bad leg, went to conquer Moscow. He chose the legendary GITIS, and the branch of operetta. It’s probably a miracle, but Zolotukhina accepted to GITIS.


    A year after graduation, Valery Zolotukhin was taken to the Theatre on Taganka. In 1964, the aspiring actor made his debut in the role of water boy in the play «the Good person of Szechwan». The debut was successful and soon the young actor began to trust more visible heroes. He played Grushnitski in «a Hero of our time,» Alceste in «the Misanthrope», Mephistopheles and Faust in «Feast during the plague». Theater-goers-regulars very quickly noticed and appreciated by a talented artist. It was surprisingly plastic. Zolotukhin played as easily as breathing.

    A cinematic biography of Valery Zolotukhin starts in 1965. Directed by Vladimir Nazarov invited the young actor in his film «Package». In this historical adventure tapes Valery got the role of the red army, which has set the task to deliver the package Semyon Budyonny.

    Even though this job did not bring Valery Zolotukhin notoriety, but it was a kind of prelude to the star of Bumbarash. But on the way to the all-Union fame actor starred in one picture Nazarov – a detective «the Owner of taiga». The role of precinct Basil brought the young artist popularity. And working together on set, along with friend and colleague Vladimir Vysotsky was a great pleasure.

    3 years later, in 1971 on the screens out the masterpiece film «Bumbarash». Valery Zolotukhin quickly became a star of the national cinema. It is noteworthy that Zolotukhin had to show cunning and ingenuity to get the star role. Originally it was intended not to him but Mikhail Kononov. Then Valeriy «took» the filmmakers of his great arrogance, claiming that if they want to make just a beautiful picture, Kononov at the time, but if you wish to look into the eternity, then they need it.

    And it was true. The film was a masterpiece and a hallmark of the artist.

    Finest hour Zolotukhin critics believe the 70-ies. It was during this period came out wonderful films with his participation: detective «the Missing witness», which was a continuation of «Master of the taiga», the Comedy «the Shore,» drama «Every day of doctor Kalinnikova» and «On those who remember and love». And it is only those projects that were filmed in the early 70s.

    In the second half of the 70s came the great band «the Tale of how Tsar Peter Arapa married». Immediately it was followed by painting «Love Spring», «Funny people» and series «Little tragedies». At the end of the 1970s the audience love to see a new film featuring your favorite actor – detective «Preliminary investigation».

    Unfortunately, the ‘ 80s and especially the 90s was a long period of calm in the cinematic career of the star. But theatre-goers were able to fully enjoy the game of your favorite artist. Performances of «the Good person of Szechwan», «the house on the embankment», «Cherry orchard,» «Doctor Zhivago,» «Marat and the Marquis de Sade» and «the Feast during the plague» – these are some of the best performances by Valery Sergeyevich.

    Perhaps the only decent kinorabotoy this period can be called the retro drama of Nikolai Dostal «the man with the accordion». And still the audience remember the great Christmas Comedy «Magicians», which appeared Zolotukhin.

    In the new age the star the actor is back to the screens. He appeared in the blockbuster «Night watch» and «Day watch» by Timur Bekmambetov. Zolotukhin played the old vampire.

    In 2003, Valery Zolotukhin was appointed head of the Youth theatre of Altai. In July 2011, when the Theatre on Taganka left Yuri Lyubimov, Valery Golubev was appointed to this position and worked here until March 2013.

    Illness and death

    The deterioration of the health of the artist was first noted in early 2012. After several hospitalizations re-examined and diagnosed with glioblastoma. In early March 2013 Zolotukhin was hospitalized again. The artist was in intensive care, where he was put in a medically induced coma. March 30, 2013 from complications that were caused by a brain tumor, Valery Zolotukhin died.

    5 APR Zolotukhin was buried in his native village at the Church built at his expense.

    Personal life

    While studying in GITIS Valeri Zolotukhin fell in love with a beautiful classmate Nina Checkou. Everyone thought she was unattainable Queen. And even a simple village boy from the Altai Shatskaya generally seemed to be the star. But soon all was surprised to see that Nina responded to my classmate’s affection. They married last year and for a long time was happy. To this marriage was born a son Dennis. And if not for the loving artist, the pair remained together. After all, Zolotukhin loved Nina Checkou. But nothing to do with you could not opposite gender attracted him irresistibly.

    Shatskaya 10-year-old son left her husband and soon married Leonid Filatov.

    With his second wife Tamara, assistant Director, Valeriy was found in the movie «the one». The girl he liked. But finally fall in love with her could he, when heard on the street the beautiful to play the violin. When Zolotukhin climbed the drainpipe to the window to watch the violin virtuoso, saw Tamara. To this marriage was born the second son Sergey.

    With actress Irina Lindt Zolotukhin was found in the theater in the late 90s. inflamed passion was all-consuming. Artist torn between his family and a young (33 years younger) mistress. He was not able to choose one woman of the two because he loved both. Marriage with Tamara remained valid until the death of Zolotukhin. But she was his common-law wife, who gave birth to Valery in 2004, son Vanya, a true copy of his father.


    • «The master of taiga»
    • «Bumbarash»
    • «The shore»
    • «Every day of doctor Kalinnikova»
    • «Those who remember and love»
    • «Spring Love»
    • «Funny people»
    • «Little tragedies»
    • «Plot»
    • «Night watch»


    Valery Zolotukhin

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