Vasily Livanov

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  • Name: Vasily Livanov ( Vasiliy Livanov )
  • Date of birth: 19 July 1935
  • Age: 81 years
  • Place of birth: Moscow
  • Height: 177
  • Activities: actor, film Director, screenwriter, and Director-animator, people’s artist of the RSFSR
  • Marital status: married

    Vasily Livanov: biography

    Vasily Livanov was born 19 July 1935 Moscow in a creative family. His grandfather is an actor, known under the pseudonym Izvolsky, the father – star of the Moscow art theatre, people’s artist of the Soviet Union. Mother devoted themselves to the house and the upbringing of his son.

    Vasily Borisovich says that the genus Levanovich originates from the Siberian Cossacks. His grandfather was a manufactory of sails, and his grandfather in 18 years saw the enterprise and arrived at the theatre. In the house Levanovich often gathered the creative elite, regulars in their house was Dovzhenko, Pasternak, and Andrei Konchalovsky. Boy from childhood had heard the conversations and debates on the art of poetry that often ended well after midnight. Basil was never sent to sleep – parents saw his interest in the event and respected. Thus was laid the Foundation for future profession.

    Vasily Livanov was in school, which produced many talents. Among the graduates was Edward Radzinsky and Andrei Mironov. Classmates loved Livanov for his antics and cartoons which he skillfully drew on teachers. Teachers rarely punish him for his pranks, because the boy was an excellent student.

    In Lebanon childhood dream to be a doctor, then a trainer or a traveler, irrepressible temperament, inherited from his grandfather and father, made itself felt.

    In 1950 Livanov began to attend art school, and 4 years later, after graduating, he entered the Shchukin theater school. He mastered the basics of acting and was fond of directing. The degree performance «Three fat men» he put it yourself, he was engaged in its decoration. In 1958 Vasily Livanov graduated from the theatre school and entered into adult life.


    He started out as an actor of the Vakhtangov Theatre, where he worked for just a year. At the same time Vasily Livanov made his debut in the movie — it was the role of the geologist Andrew in the film «unsent letter». He left the theatre on the advice of famous film Director we never predicted the novice actor a great future in the movies. Livanov went to the Theater-Studio movie actor, but stayed there for long because I received many offers to act in films.

    He played a main role, but each of them was vivid and poignant. Vasily Livanov starred in the films «the Blind musician», «Colleagues», «Green light.» In 1963, the actor played Felix Dzerzhinsky in the drama «Blue notebook» and made it so significantly, which subsequently repeatedly received such offers, but each time was refused, because he did not like to repeat.

    In 1966 Livanov graduated from the course Directors at Goskino. His thesis movie «most, most, Most», which is watched by millions of Soviet children. Later he worked on the dubbing of cartoons and fairy tales. His unique voice hoarsely knew and loved. Voice Livanov say Carlson and Crocodile Gena.

    Vasily Livanov wrote scripts for cartoons and movies. For example, «the Bremen town musicians» shot in his script. In the brothers Grimm fairy tale, which he had based many of the characters so the writer Livanov invented a new magical product.

    In the 70s Livanov continued to actively act. The films of this period – «the gambler» by Dostoevsky, «the captivating Star of happiness,» in which he played the Emperor Nicholas. Vasili Livanov known for his role as detective Sherlock Holmes and their brilliant duet with Vitaly Solomin was highly appreciated not only in the USSR but also in the UK. The British said that Livanov and Solomin, poured out Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from the figures the page.

    In 1988, Vasily Livanov organized theater «Detective», which became the first enterprise in the USSR. On the stage there were a lot of productions. After 4 years the theater had to close due to funding problems.

    Vasily Livanov likes to shock the audience. When waiting for him in the role of a detective, he appears as don Quixote. When this strange knight, he attached a different meaning – a shepherd who dreams of power. At the beginning of the new century, the actor played Dr. Stravinsky in multiserial film «Master and Margarita».

    Recently Livanov practically withdrawn, but receives offers from film Directors so far. He says he does not like the scenarios involved in the sex and the blood. The actor put a lot of time memoirs, which collected the memories of his father and great men of the era, with whom he had a chance to chat.

    Personal life

    The first wife of actor – Alina Engelhardt, a Professor’s daughter. From the first marriage of Vasily Livanov has a daughter Anastasia. The actor explains the gap is the fact that they with Alina was different people. However, the ex-wife calls another cause of divorce. According to her, she was tired from drinking Livanov and from what he had laid a hand on her.

    The second wife of actor — Elena. With her Vasily Livanov has been living for more than forty years. In the year of the «silver wedding» the couple were married. Elena works as an artist-animator.

    They met in 1969 at Soyuzmultfilm. Seeing the girl, Livanov said that she would be his wife and bear two sons. And so it happened. In 1974 the family Levanovich was born the son of Boris, and ten years later was born the second son Nikolai. Senior became a writer and artist, but alcohol has ruined talent. In 2009, Boris was accused of murder and was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.

    The younger son followed in his father’s footsteps and became an actor.


    • «The Return Of Veronica»
    • «The adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson»
    • «Don Quixote returns»
    • «Men’s season: Velvet revolution»
    • «The court of crazy»
    • «The master and Margarita»
    • «I was nineteen»
    • «Yaroslavna, Queen of France»
    • «The captivating star of happiness»
    • «Bear hunting»


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