Biography

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Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Юрий Владимирович Никулин; 18 December 1921 – 21 August 1997) was a well-known Soviet and Russian actor and clown who starred in many popular films. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1973 andHero of Socialist Labour in 1990. He also received a number of state awards, including the prestigious Order of Lenin, which he received twice in his lifetime.

Nikulin's effortless style and precise delivery, as well as his mastery of timing and his hilarious masks made him an outstanding comedian, arguably the best Russian comedian ever. Nikulin showed his range in a variety of genres from slapstick comedy to romance and war drama. His most popular film partners were Georgiy Vitsin, Yevgeni Morgunov,Natalya Varley, Rolan Bykov, Anatoli Papanov, Sergei Filippov, Mikhail Pugovkin, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlyov, Andrey Mironov, Evgeni Evstigneev, Vasili Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Nikolay Burlyaev, Viktor Pavlov, Boris Novikov Vladimir Etush, Saveli Kramarov, Nikolai Grinko, and many other notable Russian actors. In the ring, Nikulin presented a phlegmatic temperament, slow and unsmiling, and to many in the West his personality was reminiscent of the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton. Rich in mimicry, doleful of expression, Nikulin was hailed as “a brainy clown” outside Russia. Simple in style and gentle with children, his only vestiges of make-up were a reddened nose and black lines around his eyes, much different from the grotesquely painted faces of Western clowns. Nikulin, affectionately called Uncle Yury by Russian children, relied mainly upon his wits to earn his place in history as one of the best clowns of the 20th century.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Юрий Владимирович Никулин; 18 December 1921 – 21 August 1997) was a well-known Soviet and Russian actor and clown who starred in many popular films. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1973 andHero of Socialist Labour in 1990. He also received a number of state awards, including the prestigious Order of Lenin, which he received twice in his lifetime.

Nikulin's effortless style and precise delivery, as well as his mastery of timing and his hilarious masks made him an outstanding comedian, arguably the best Russian comedian ever. Nikulin showed his range in a variety of genres from slapstick comedy to romance and war drama. His most popular film partners were Georgiy Vitsin, Yevgeni Morgunov,Natalya Varley, Rolan Bykov, Anatoli Papanov, Sergei Filippov, Mikhail Pugovkin, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlyov, Andrey Mironov, Evgeni Evstigneev, Vasili Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Nikolay Burlyaev, Viktor Pavlov, Boris Novikov Vladimir Etush, Saveli Kramarov, Nikolai Grinko, and many other notable Russian actors. In the ring, Nikulin presented a phlegmatic temperament, slow and unsmiling, and to many in the West his personality was reminiscent of the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton. Rich in mimicry, doleful of expression, Nikulin was hailed as “a brainy clown” outside Russia. Simple in style and gentle with children, his only vestiges of make-up were a reddened nose and black lines around his eyes, much different from the grotesquely painted faces of Western clowns. Nikulin, affectionately called Uncle Yury by Russian children, relied mainly upon his wits to earn his place in history as one of the best clowns of the 20th century.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 32

Birthday 1921-12-18

Day of Death 1997-08-21

Place of Birth Demidov, Smolensk Region, USSR

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Also Known As

  • Yuri Nikulin
  • Юрий Владимирович Никулин
  • Юрий Никулин
  • Juri Wladimirowitsch Nikulin

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1993 Чтобы помнили (1 episode) as Narrator
1991 Captain Krokus as introductory and concluding remarks
1984 Scarecrow as Nicolay Bessoltsev, Lena's grandfather
1982 Не хочу быть взрослым
1977 Twenty Days Without War as Майор Лопатин
1977 Bobik Visiting Barbos as Bobik (voice)
1976 The Adventures of Travka
1975 They Fought for Their Motherland as pvt. Nekrasov
1972 Point, Point, Comma... as Alexey's father
1972 Telegram
1971 12 Chairs as дворник Тихон
1971 Old Men: Robbers as Николай Мячиков
1970 Deniska's Stories as сосед Дениски из похожего дома
1968 Seven Old Men and One Girl as "Dunce"
1968 The Diamond Arm as Семён Семёнович Горбунков
1967 Kidnapping, Caucasian Style as "Dunce"
1966 The Little Runaway as cameo role
1966 Andrei Rublev as Pater Patrikey
1965 Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures as "Dunce"
1965 Fantasizing
1964 Give Me a Complaints Book as "Dunce"
1964 Come Here, Mukhtar! as Glasychev
1963 No Fear, No Blame
1962 Young-Green as Nikolai, driver of the tuck
1962 Businessmen as грабитель
1962 Bootleggers as "Dunce"
1961 When the Trees Were Tall as Kuzma Kuzmich Iordanov
1961 Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross as "Dunce"
1961 The Taming of the Shrew as Boys' Choir Master
1961 My Friend, Kolka! as Вася, шофёр автобазы
1959 Nepoddayushchiyesya
1958 A Girl with Guitar as Pyromancer Loser

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