Oleg Menshikov

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Oleg Menshikov
Оле́г Евге́ньевич Ме́ньшиков
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Oleg Menshikov (2018)
Oleg Evgenyevich Menshikov

(1960-11-08) 8 November 1960 (age 60)
Alma mater Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School
  • Actor
  • theatre director
  • singer
Years active1980–present
Anastasia Chernova
(m. 2005)

Oleg Evgenyevich Menshikov, PAR (Russian : Оле́г Евге́ньевич Ме́ньшиков; born 8 November 1960) is a Russian actor, theatre director and occasional singer. He is the current artistic director of the Yermolova Theatre in Moscow.


Internationally, Menshikov is the best known for his roles in the films by Nikita Mikhalkov Burnt by the Sun (1994), The Barber of Siberia (1998), Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus (2010) and Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011), as well as for his performance in Régis Wargnier's East/West (1999).

Menshikov is the winner of a Laurence Olivier Award, a Nika Award and three State Prizes of the Russian Federation, and the recipient of the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation.

Early life

Menshikov was born in Serpukhov, Moscow Oblast, to father Evgeny (born 1934), a military engineer, and mother Yelena (born 1933), a doctor. [1] [2]

In addition to regular school, Menshikov also attended music school, where he played the piano and the violin. [1] In 1977, he enrolled the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School, where he studied acting under Vladimir Monakhov. [2]

Oleg Menshikov in the play "1900" - 2010-09-09 Oleg Menshikov 2010-09-09 img 01 19 3159.jpg
Oleg Menshikov in the play "1900" - 2010-09-09


Menshikov had his debut role in the 1980 television film Zhdu i nadeyus (Russian : Жду и надеюсь; English: I'm Waiting and I Hope) by Suren Shazbazyan. The next year he made his film debut in Family Relations , which was his first collaboration with Nikita Mikhalkov. Menshikov then went on to star a series of successful films that made him a star in the Soviet Union, including Flights in Dreams and Reality , My Favourite Clown, Through Main Street with an Orchestra and Moonzund . He garnered further critical acclaim for his performance in Dyuba-Dyuba (1992), for which he was nominated for a Nika Award.

Menshikov first attracted international media attention in the Globe Theatre production When She Danced, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. He gained further success with Nikita Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun , in which he portrayed a manipulative and suicidal NKVD agent during Joseph Stalin's Great Purge. Burnt by the Sun won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Menshikov reprised his role in the Burnt by the Sun sequels Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus (2010) and Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011).

In 1996, Menshikov starred in Sergei Bodrov's Prisoner of the Mountains , for which he won a Nika Award for Best Actor. He went on to star in Mikhalkov's The Barber of Siberia (1998) opposite Julia Ormond, and in Régis Wargnier's East/West (1999) opposite Sandrine Bonnaire and Catherine Deneuve. His most recent credits include performances in the television series Prime Suspect 6 (2003), films The State Counsellor (2005) as Erast Fandorin and Legend № 17 (2013) as Anatoly Tarasov, and the miniseries Doctor Zhivago (2006).

In 1997, Menshikov was the President of the Jury at the 20th Moscow International Film Festival. [3] Since 2012, he has served as the artistic director of the Yermolova Theatre in Moscow. [4]

Menshikov is a three-time winner of the annual State Prize of the Russian Federation for his outstanding contribution to film art. [5] [6] [7] In 2003, he was named a People's Artist of Russia. [8] Menshikov was presented with the Order of Honour in 2010. [9]

Personal life

In 2005, Menshikov married fellow actress Anastasia Chernova. [10] He resides in Moscow. [2]


Title in EnglishOriginal titleYearRoleNotes
Жду и надеюсь
Zhdu i nadeyus
1980Shurka DomokTelevision film
Family Relations Родня
1981KirillDirected by Nikita Mikhalkov
The Pokrovsky Gate Покровские ворота
Pokrovskye vorota
1982Konstantin RominDirected by Mikhail Kozakov
Flights in Dreams and Reality Полёты во сне и наяву
Polyoty vo sne i nayavu
1982Alisa's friend
The KissПоцелуй
1983MerzlyakovTelevision film
Stripe of ObstaclesПолоса препятствий
Polosa prepyatstvii
1982Vladimir Mezhirov
Капитан Фракасс
Kapitan Fracasse
1984Baron de SigognacTelevision miniseries
Володя большой, Володя маленький
Volodya bolshoi, Volodya malenkii
1985Vladimir SalimovichTelevision film
Михайло Ломоносов
Mikhailo Lomonosov
1986 Dmitry Vinogradov Television series
Moonzund Моонзунд1987Sergei Artenyev
My Favorite Clown Мой любимый клоун
Moi lyubimyi kloun
1986Sergei Sinicyn
Through Main Street with an Orchestra По главной улице с оркестром
Po glavnoi ulice s orkestrom
Splashes of ChampagneБрызги шампанского
Bryzgi shampanskogo
Life by LimitЖизнь по лимиту
Zhizny po limitu
The StairwayЛестница
1989Vladimir Piroshnikov
The PitЯма
1990Vasiliy Likhonin
Dyuba-Dyuba Дюба-дюба1992Andrei Pletnyov
Burnt by the Sun Утомлённые солнцем
Utomlyonnye solncem
1994Dmitry ArsentyevDirected by Nikita Mikhalkov
Prisoner of the Mountains Кавказский пленник
Kavkazskii plennik
1996Sanya "Slai"
The Barber of Siberia Сибирский цирюльник
Sibirskii tsiryulynik
1998Andrei Tolstoi / Andrew McCrackenDirected by Nikita Mikhalkov
East/West Est - Ouest1999Aleksei Golovin
Prime Suspect 6 N/A2003Milan LukicTelevision series, 2 episodes
The State Counsellor Статский советник
Statskii sovetnik
2005 Erast Fandorin
Золотой телёнок
Zolotoi telyonok
2006 Ostap Bender Television miniseries
Doctor Zhivago Доктор Живаго2006 Yuri Zhivago Television miniseries
Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus Утомлённые солнцем 2: Предстояние
Utomlyonnye solncem 2: Predstoyanie
2010Dmitry ArsentyevDirected by Nikita Mikhalkov
What Men Talk About О чём говорят мужчины
O chyom govoryat muzhchiny
2010HimselfCameo appearance
Burnt by the Sun 2 Утомлённые солнцем 2: Предстояние'
Utomlyonnye solncem 2: Citadely
2011Dmitry ArsentyevDirected by Nikita Mikhalkov
Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель
Utomlyonnye solncem 2
2011Dmitry ArsentyevTelevision series
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Legend № 17 Легенда №17
Legenda №17
2013 Anatoly Tarasov
Attraction Притяжение2017Valentin Lebedev, colonel
Gogol. The Beginning Гоголь. Начало2017Yakov Guro
Gogol. Terrible Revenge Гоголь. Страшная месть2018Yakov Guro

Awards and nominations

AwardYearCategoryNominated workResult
Alexander Dovzhenko Award1987Silver Medal for Acting Moonzund Won
Golden Aries Award1996Outstanding Contribution to FilmN/AWon
Golden Eagle Award 2014Best Supporting Actor Legend № 17 Nominated
Kinotavr Film Festival Award 1996Grand Prix Prisoner of the Mountains Won
Laurence Olivier Award 1992 Best Performance in a Supporting Role When She DancedWon
Moscow Seasons Theatre Festival1990Prize in Acting Caligula Won
Nika Award 1993Best Actor Dyuba-Dyuba Nominated
1997Prisoner of the MountainsWon
Russian Film Critics' Award1994Actor of the Year Burnt by the Sun Won
Russian Guild of Film Critics Award 2014Best Supporting ActorLegend № 17Nominated
State Prize of the Russian Federation 1995Outstanding Contribution to Film ArtBurnt by the SunWon
1997Prisoner of the MountainsWon
1999 The Barber of Siberia Won
Triumph Independent Film Award1996Outstanding Contribution to CultureN/AWon
Victor Rozov Theatre Award1993Contribution to TheatreNWon


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