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Bochkaryov Vasiliy

People's Artist of Russia, Laureate of the State prizes of the Russian Federation

Vasiliy Ivanovich Bochkaryov, People's Artist of Russia, laureate of the State Prizes of the Russian Federation, was born on November 22, 1942 in Irkutsk. In 1964 he graduated from Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (the course of V.I. Korshunov) and joined the Maly Theatre’s company.

For one season (1964-1965), Bochkaryov worked at the Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya street, and then for 15 years - at the Moscow Theatre of Drama named after K. S. Stanislavsky. This is when Bochkaryov started his cooperation with Anatoly Alexandrovitch Vasiliev (artistic director of the Moscow Theatre «School of Dramatic Art»)

In 1979 Vasiliy Ivanovich joined the company of the Maly State Academic Theatre of Russia. By that time Bochkaryov was already an established and mature artist. He landed the lead roles right from his very first season in the theatre. To date, the artist has performed over 35 roles showcasing his immense talent in every production. He is not just an actor but a performer who impresses millions of viewers with his outstanding acting skills, bustling energy and charming self. Vasiliy is a truly unique artist with a rich inner world, powerful intellect, constant spiritual search, who exudes incredible energy, strength, and charisma onstage.

Bochkaryov identifies himself as an actor who likes to improvise'. He is keen to tease out the character's ambiguities and is endowed with a unique energy, which allows him to lead the partners, keeping the audience's attention throughout the performance. At the same time - and this is especially important for Vasiliy Ivanovich - he has «always been inclined toward being part of the ensemble, laying paint in the common cause, in the whole picture.»

One of his major roles was Boris Godunov in Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy’s drama «Tsar Boris», directed by Vladimir Beylis. Vasiliy managed to create a very peculiar image of a man seeking for power, who considers it to be a real burden. He could not part with himself - a living person and a sinner, wrote theatre critic M. Matskyavichene. For this role Bochkaryov has been awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation. In «Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better» by Alexander Ostrovsky Vasiliy Ivanovich played a retired officer Groznov, the role which earned the highest praise from both viewers and leading theater critics. This work brought Bochkaryov the second State Prize of Russia. Vasily Bochkaryov’s duet with Lyudmila Titova («The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky), many theatre critics branded as the best romantic duet of the season. For portraying Flor Fedulych Pribytkov he received «The Golden Mask» as the «Best Actor».

Vasiliy Bochkaryov is arguably one of today’s greatest actors of the Maly Theatre’s company. He once again demonstrated his immense talent on the eve of his 75th anniversary, when he played another significant role - Alfred Ill in «The Visit of the Old Lady». «In the world created by Friedrich Dürrenmatt only God exists – the Golden Calf, to which my hero is being sacrificed. There’s a deep cathartic meaning in this role. Through the lack of faith, the denial of old sins and terrible fears Ill comes to a bitter understanding that everything has to be paid for. A human being becomes truly human, having experienced catharsis. Ill humbly accepts his fate, and the verdict of the gilded society. »

Vasiliy Bochkaryov worked with some of the renowned Russian theatre directors - Boris Lvov-Anokhin, Andrey Goncharov, Ivan Bobylev, Leonid Varpakhovsky, Anatoly Vasiliev, Boris Morozov, Leonid Kheyfets, Sergey Zhenovach, Adolf Shapiro, Yuri Solomin, Joseph Raihelgauz, and others.

Many of the Vasiliy’s works were distinguished by the professional theatre community:

- VII International Theatre Forum Zolotoy Vityaz («Golden Knight»)
«Best Actor»: Vasiliy Bochkaryov – Pavel Protasov («The Children of the Sun» by M. Gorky)

- International Stanislavsky Theatre Prize
«Best Actor»: Vasiliy Bochkaryov – Pavel Protasov («The Children of the Sun» by M. Gorky)

- «Star of Theatre»
«Best Actor»: Vasiliy Bochkaryov - Foma Opiskin («The Village of Stepanchikovo and Inhabitants» by F. Dostoevsky)

- «Viva, Comedy!» Festival
«Best Actor»: Vasiliy Bochkaryov - Foma Opiskin («The Village of Stepanchikovo and Inhabitants» by F. Dostoevsky)

- Diploma at the XIII International Theatre «Golden Knight» festival
«Best Actor»: Vasiliy Bochkaryov -Potap Potapich Karkunov («The Heart is Not a Stone» by A.Ostrovsky)

In 2003-13 Vasiliy Bochkaryov taught mastery of acting in Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School Russian, course of O.N. Solomina and Y.M. Solomin, where he staged two graduation plays - «Vanyushin's Children» by Sergei Naidenov «The Rainmaker» by N. Richard Nash. He also taught classes at V.I. Korshunov’s course.

In 2007 Vasiliy Ivanovich received an Academic Degree, the title of Associate Professor. In November 2012 Bochkaryov was awarded with a special diploma of the jury of the 32nd International Festival of the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) «For the preservation and development of a genuine Russian acting school» for putting on «Our Town» by Thornton Wilder. In 2013 Bochkaryov was an artistic director of the graduate course. Among his students are Valery Dmitriev, Ilya Lovky, Igor Pazych and other talented young actors.

In 1999 Vasiliy started a symbolic collaboration with the Moscow Theatre «School of Modern Drama». Currently, he landed the role in the «Monologues of the Cities», dedicated to 70 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Starting from 2013 Bochkaryov has also worked in collaboration with the production center «Panorama». He performed in the play «Merry Men, or First Number» based on Neil Simon's play «The Sunshine Boys », where he brilliantly portrayed the grumpy comedian Willy Clark.

Since 2017 Vasiliy Bochkaryov plays in the famous production of the Sovremennik Theatre, «The Gin Game» by D. L. Coburn.

Vasiliy Bochkaryov has also amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as a television and film actor. He starred in «Scream of the Owl»,«Unexpected Joy», «Galina», «Ivan the Terrible», «House of Exemplary Content»,«Zoya», «Children of the Arbat», «Because I Love You», «Such a Short Long Life», etc.

Bochkaryov is an acknowledged voice actor, who lent his voice to Christopher Lee, John Hurt, Malcolm McDowell, Leslie Nielsen, Steve Martin. Vasiliy Ivanovich also voiced Professor Albus Dumbledore in from the Harry Potter franchise. In addition, he is the «official voice» of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1979 - Groom, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1979 - Koshkin, «The Hurricane» by Anatoliy Sofronov, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1979 - Karetnikov, «So It Will Be» by Konstantin Simonov, directed by Leonid Varpakhovskiy

1980 - Balzaminov, « Balzaminov’s Marriage» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Sedov

1981 - Foma Gordeev, «Foma Gordeev» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1982 - Pyotr, «The Forest» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Igor Iliyinskiy

1982 - Povliyanenko, «Virgin Lands», stage-version based on Leonid Brezhnev’s book «Virgin Lands», directed by Vladimir Beylis together with Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1983 - Losev, «The Painting» by Daniil Granin, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1984 - Martin, «Morning Fairy» by Alejandro Casona, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1985 - Yasha, «The Cherry Orchard» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Igor Iliyinskiy

1985 - Sobolev, «From This Day’s News» by Georgiy Markov and Eduard Shima, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik

1985 - Hippolytus, «Phèdre» by Jean Racine, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1987 - Prince Platon, «The Kholops» by Pyotr Gnedich, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1989 - Ödön von Horváth, «Tales from Hollywood» by Christopher Hampton, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1991 - Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich, «Tsar Peter and Alexei» by Friedrich Gorenstein, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1992 - Khlynov, «An Ardent Heart» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Morozov

1993 - Weiner, «And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov, directed by Alexander Chetverkin

1993 - Boris Godunov, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1994 - Figaro, «The Guilty Mother, or the Other Tartuffe» by Pierre Beaumarchais, directed by Boris Morozov

1995 - Narokov, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1995 - Dobrokhotov-Maikov, «The Feast of the Victors» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, directed by Boris Morozov

1997 - Rasplyuev, «Krechinsky's Wedding» by Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1998 - Wurm, «Love and Intrigue» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Yuri Solomin

2000 - Mercadet, «Mercadet or the Speculator» by Honoré de Balzac, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2001 - Doctor Lvov, «Ivanov» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

2001 - Unknown, «The Deep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2002 - Groznov, «Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2004 - Pribytkov, «The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2005 - Argan, «The Imaginary Invalid» by J.-B. Molière, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2007 - Clive Champion-Cheney, «Love Circle» by Somerset Maugham, directed by Andrey Zhitinkin

2008 - Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov, «The Children of the Sun» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Adolf Shapiro

2011 - Molière, «The Life and Love of Monsieur de Molière, or The Cabal of Hypocrites» by Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2013 - Foma Opiskin, «The Village of Stepanchikovo and Its Inhabitants» by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Anton Yakovlev

2015 - Potap Potapych Karkunov, «The Heart is Not a Stone» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2017 - Ill, «The Visit of the Old Lady» by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)

2018 - Publisher, «The Blizzard» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Aleksey Dubrovskiy

1970 «Flight»

1973 «The Carpenter's Tales »(teleplay)

1974 «Because I Love You»

1975 «Such a Short Long Life»

1975 «The Rainmaker» (teleplay)

1978 « Investigation Held By Znatoki. Case N12. «Bouquet» at the Reception»

1978 «The Ring Road Home»

1979 «Rage» (teleplay)

1980 «Who Will Pay For Luck»

1981 «Ugly Elsa» (teleplay)

1982 «For Those Who Remain Alive»

1982 «The Voice»

1982 «Vladivostok, year 1918»

1983 «Foma Gordeev» (teleplay)

1983 «Unicum»

1983 «Lethargy»

1983 «Crazy Day of Engineer Barkasov»

1985 «The Mystery of the Golden Mountain»

1985 «Mozhzhukhin's Field Guards»

1987 «Investigation Held By Znatoki. Case N20. Boomerang»

1987 «About Love, Friendship and Destiny»

1987 «Precocious»

1988 «The Kholops» (teleplay)

1988 «As If He Were Born Yesterday» (teleplay)

1992 «Three Days Above the Law»

1992 «Alone» (short film)

1992 «The «Politburo» Сo-operative or a Long Farewell»

1995 «Arktur, the Hunting Dog» (teleplay)

2003 «Saved by the Birches»

2003 «The Island Without Love»

2004 «Children of the Arbat»

2005 «Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better» (teleplay)

2006 «The Enchanted Station»

2007 «A New Old Fairy Tale»

2007 «A spy. The End of the War»

2008 «Love Circle» (teleplay)

2008 «Galina»

2009 «Ivan the Terrible»

Roles in K.S. Stanislavsky Drama Theatre
Pilot, «The Little Prince» by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Lariosik, «The Days of the Turbins» by Mikhail Bulgakov

Fedya Protasov, «The Living Corpse» by LeoTolstoy

Jim, «The Rainmaker» by Richard Nash

Belugin, «The Marriage of Belugin» by Alexander Ostrovsky and Nikolay Solovyov

Pavel, « Vassa Zheleznova. The First Version» by MaximтGorky

Roles in the School of Dramatic Art
Vladimir Ivanovich, «Serso» by Viktor Slavkin

Roles in Moscow Theatre «School of Modern Drama»
Dr. Dorn, «The Seagull» by Anton Chekhov

Vasya, «Notes of a Russian Traveller» by Evgeniy Grishkovets