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Nikolai Cherkasov (Nikolai Konstantinovich Cherkasov)

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Biography

St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]
The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and acrobatics. He studied at the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Theater Institute and made his stage debut in 1926. The following year, he entered films and his commanding presence soon brought him leading roles and enormous acclaim, as well as the approbation of the Soviet leadership, which elected him a deputy of the Supreme Soviet. Read more...

Actor

Character: Alexander Nevsky

The Battle of Russia 1943

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Character: Stasov, the critic

Mussorgsky 1950

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Character: Czar Ivan IV

Ivan the Terrible, Part I 1945

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Character: Prince Alexei

Peter the First 1937

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Character: Arkadi Mikhailovich Gromov

Spring 1947

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Character: Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov

Aleksandr Popov 1949

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Character: Aleksandr Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky 1938

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