Veniamin Smekhov

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  • Name: Veniamin Smekhov ( Veniamin Smehov )
  • Date of birth: 10 August 1940
  • Age: 76 years
  • Place of birth: Moscow
  • Height: 186
  • Activities: Soviet and Russian theater and film actor, Director, screenwriter, writer
  • Marital status: married to Galina Aksenova

    Veniamin Smekhov : biography

    The most romantic hero of the film «d’artagnan and three Musketeers» Veniamin Borisovich Smekhov was born in August 1940. He was born in an intellectual Jewish family in Moscow and was the only child of Professor and doctor of economic Sciences Boris, Moiseeva Smekhova and the head office of one of capital clinics, therapist Maria Lvovna schwarzburg. His maternal grandfather was a knight of the order of the red star and directed a military hospital. Relatives on the father – well-known artists and illustrators of the book Smekhova.

    Shortly after the birth of her son Benjamin’s father went to the front. Again they could only in 1945. After 2 years of laughter-youngest went to school. Benjamin B. became interested in acting in Junior high, when he began to attend the drama group of the Palace of pioneers in the Dzerzhinsky district of the capital. This club was famous for the fact that it implies the actor Rolan Bykov.

    After finishing school in 1957 Veniamin Smekhov on the advice of his uncle, the artist Lev Smekhov, became a student of the drama school named Shchukin, who had worked at the Vakhtangov Theatre. Mentor course which studied laughter, was Vladimir Etush. But a year student Benjamin Smekhova was expelled and transferred to the 2nd course as an auditor with a trial period. The reason was extreme shyness Smekhova, prevented him from full strength to play on stage. But a year later, the future actor again got the right to be a student and even became one of the favorites Etush.

    In 1961, Benjamin B., after graduating, left the walls of the Shchukin and went to work in the Kuibyshev drama theater, which came on the distribution.


    Biography of Benjamin Smekhova began on the stage. He made his debut in two graduation performances at the Shchukin school. After the distribution of the Kuibyshev Smekhov played in 6 productions at the local theatre. But the cooperation did not last long: a year and a half Benjamin B. returned to the capital. For some time he could not find work. There was a time when laughter was even thinking about changing profession.

    But in the late autumn of 1962 Smekhova took to the Moscow theatre of drama and Comedy. Then the chief Director here was Alexander Plotnikov. But after 2 years, the theater was reorganized and became known as the Taganka Theater. The change came Plotnikov Yuri Lyubimov, who managed for several years to glorify their offspring.

    At the Taganka Theatre Veniamin Borisovich Smekhov worked for 21 years. During this period, the actor has played more than 30 roles. But in 1985, the actor had left the walls of the theatre, together with Leonid Filatov. This move was associated with the exile Lyubimov from the Soviet Union.

    Laughter settled in «Contemporary», which appeared within 2 years. To return to the Taganka Theater, he was able in 1987 and delighted the audience with his appearance in the performances for 11 years. Employment history Benjamin B. and is here today, although the artist rarely comes onto the scene. The fact that laughter, since 1990, began his directing career. He puts the dramatic performances, television and Opera performances not only in Russia but also in Israel, the Czech Republic, Germany and France. For some time the master taught in American universities.

    Arriving home, Veniamin Smekhov out as an actor on the stage native Theater on Taganka. But he did it in only two productions – «the Master and Margarita» and «House on the embankment».

    Now Benjamin B. lives in the capital. He has toured extensively, appearing on stage in plays and recitals. And he leads several programs on TV. Besides cinema and theater actor and Director laughter is known as a writer and poet. Came out with a few of his books. It’s poetry, prose and memoirs. Only in the later years of the artist to realize the dream of parents to see him a writer and journalist. The first book Smekhova was released in 1986. Among his works there are memoirs on Vladimir Vysotsky, with whom Benjamin B. were worked and were friends.


    A cinematic biography of Benjamin Smekhova began in 1968. He played Baron Krause in the film «two comrades were Serving». This was a film about the civil war in 1920, when Wrangel’s troops were blocked in Crimea, the Red army was preparing for a decisive offensive.

    In 1976 Benjamin Smekhov appeared in children’s film «smoke and Kid» where he played Smoke. But all-Union popularity and incredible popularity came to Smehova not with this tape, and on the other, which was released in 1978 under the name «d’artagnan and three Musketeers». The image of the mysterious and romantic Athos so captivated the hearts of spectators of the USSR that the artist did not give passage groupies, to fill up his letters.

    In the role of Athos Benjamin B. back in 1992, starring in the sequel called «Musketeers 20 years later». This film, like the previous shot by Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich with the same star cast.

    The actor appeared in the movie many more times, but the success, such as the one that came after «d’artagnan and three Musketeers», retry, failed. Although critics among the works Smekhova some good paintings, the best of which «Master and Marguerite», where Benjamin B. played Dr. Stravinsky, «Trap for a lonely man» (the priest Maximin), «Ali Baba and the forty thieves» (Mustafa).

    One of the last films in which he appeared Veniamin Smekhov, this dramatic 8-series tape based on the work of Dina Rubina «White dove of Cordoba». This mini-series about a talented artist who knew how to forge paintings of famous masters.

    Personal life

    For the first time the actor got married at a very early age, when he was in his 20s. With his future wife Alla Veniamin Smekhov met when he was a student of the 3rd course of the Shchukin theatre. Alla studied at the Institute of food, but the specialty did not work, becoming editor of radio. In this marriage, the artist had two daughters: Elena appeared in 1963, Alika – in 1968. Both daughters are a creative person, as well as parents. Elena Smekhova – writer. Alika Smekhova is an actress and singer. Daughter gave the father of three grandchildren.

    Personal life Benjamin Smekhova changed in 1980. The artist married a second time. His wife, film critic Galina Aksenova. She is Ph. D., associate Professor of the School-Studio of MKhAT. This marriage for more than 30 years.


    • Two comrades were serving
    • Smoke and Kid
    • D’artagnan and the three Musketeers
    • In my death I ask blame Klava K.
    • The tale of wandering
    • Puppy
    • Trap for a lonely man
    • Musketeers twenty years later
    • Secret of Queen Anna, or Musketeers thirty years later
    • Furtseva
    • White dove of Cordoba


    Veniamin Smekhov

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