Pavel Luspekayev (Pavel Borisovich Luspekayev)

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Lugansk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Luhansk, Ukraine]
Pavel Luspekaev was a legendary Russian/Armenian actor known as Vereshagin in White Sun of the Desert (1970).

He was born Pavel Borisovich Luspekaev on April 20, 1927, in Lugansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now Luhansk, Ukraine). His Armenian-born father, Boris Luspekaev, worked as a butcher, and his mother was a Russian Don Cossack. Young Luspekaev grew up in a trilingual environment and his mastery of spoken tongues and dialects became an asset to his acting talent, albeit he was also criticized by some hard-line Soviet critics. Read more...


Character: Vereschagin

Beloe solntse pustyni 1970