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Klukvin Alexander

People's Artist of Russia, Recipient of the Prize of the Russian Federation Government

Alexander Vladimirovich Klyukvin, People's Artist of Russia, Laureate of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, was born on April 26, 1956 in Irkutsk. In 1978 he graduated from Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (the course of M.I. Tsaryov) and joined the company of the Maly State Academic Theatre of Russia.

Alexander Vladimirovich made his stage debut as lazy Danila in the children's fairy tale «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov that was later followed by numerous other roles, including: Guillaume («Mamouret» by Jean Sarment), Neuedenov («Balzaminov’s Marriage» by Alexander Ostrovsky), Ragueneau («Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand), Abdulin («The Governmnet Inspector» by Nikolai Gogol), Malkov («The Wild Girl» by Alexander Ostrovsky and Nikolay Solovyov), Prostakov («The Minor» by Denis Fonvizin), Guatinara («Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Leguvé), etc.

The actor has been engaged in numerous historical drama productions at the theatre - so, in «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» at various times he played a mean Fedyuk Starkov, a mighty Golub-son, Prince Godunov’s follower Turenin, a royal uncle and counselor Lup-Kleshnin, the chief conspirator Prince Vasily Shuisky. He also played an adamant executioner Beloborodov («And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov), a complacent Tsar’s minion Fyodor Basmanov, («Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy), Tsar’s valet Ivan Orlov («Tsar Peter and Alexei» by Friedrich Gorenstein).

Klyukvin also portrayed a number of characters in Chekhov's major plays: Vorobiev-Sokolov, Balalaykin («From the Memoirs of an Idealist»), gauche footman Yasha («The Cherry Orchard»), cheerful yet vulgar Misha Borkin («Ivanov»), crushed down Andrey Prozorov «Three sisters»).

Alexander Vladimirovich is a wickedly charming actor, who certainly has charisma, great sense of humor, fantasy, poise, personality, and stage presence, which apparently are part of his natural flawless acting. Klyukvin’s acting is distinguished by his ability to be "in" his characters, to create concise and convincing images, and to engage completely with his fellow performers as well his own characters.

Klyukvin also tried his hand at poetry, having written the lyrics to the musical comedy «Love's Labour's Lost», the vaudeville «Mysterious Chest» and Molière’s «The Imaginary Invalid».

Alexander Klukvin made his debut as a director in 2011 with a staging of a musical drama «Don Juan» based on a play by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy. In this production, he also starred as an actor, performing the roles of Leporello and Commander.

Alexander Klyukvin also taught at the actor's faculty of the All-Russian state institute of cinematography of S.A. Gerasimov (VGIK) (the course of V.M. Solomin).

Klyukvin is regarded as the one of the most prolific voice actors, who recorded numerous commercials for TV and radio, network promotions, cartoons, documentaries, and video game trailers. He is one of the top audiobook narrators, who lent his voice to «War and Peace» by Leo Tolstoy, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, «Ruslan and Lyudmila» by Alexander Pushkin, «Dead Souls» by Nikolai Gogol, «Lefty» by Nikolai Leskov, «Master and Margarita» by Mikhail Bulgakov, «In the First Circle» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, «Treasure Island» by Robert Louis Stevenson, «A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court» by Mark Twain, «The Lost World» by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, «Harry Potter» (book series) by J.K. Rowling, etc.

Alexander has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, and is a well-known voice on the radio. Among the films with his participation are «Former Dad, Former Son», «The Shore of His Life», «Sukhovo-Kobylin’s Case», «Mask and Soul», «Long Farewell», «Charm of Evil», «A Room with a View of the Lights» , «Admiral», «Eltsyn. Three Days in August», «Daddy's Daughters», «Secrets of the Institute for Noble Maidens», «Family Secrets», «Petersburg Secrets», «Season of the Hunt-2», «Kamenskaya 3»,«Efrosinya», etc. Klyukvin is the «official voice» of the «Russia» television channel. He also voiced the roles of the main characters in such popular TV series as «Colombo», «ALF», «Magnum, P.I.», «Nash Bridges», «Antonella», and many others.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1978 - Danila, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1978 - Young man, «Confession» by Savva Dangulov, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1978 - Groom, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1978 - Guillaume, «Mamouret» by Jean Sarment, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1979 - Soldier, «The Shore» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1979 - Herald, «King Lear» by William Shakespeare, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1979 - Neuedenov, «Balzaminov’s Marriage» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Sedov

1981 - Petrushka, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1981 - Soldier, «Lyubov Yarovaya» by Konstantin Trenyov, directed by Pyotr Fomenko

1981 - Tractor driver, «Virgin Lands», stage-version based on Leonid Brezhnev’s book «Virgin Lands», directed by Vladimir Beylis together with Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1981 - Old servant, «Smart Things» by Samuil Marshak, directed by Evgeniy Simonov

1981 - Semenov, «Russian people» by Konstantin Simonov, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1981 - Servant, «Handsome Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Marianna Turbina

1981 - Ivan, «Guilty Without Guilt» by Аlexander Ostrovsky, directed by Viktor Khokhryakov and Alexander Burdonsky

1982 - Starkov, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1982 - Ivan, «Conversations Under a Clear Moon» by Vasiliy Shukshin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1982 - The servant at the inn, «The Governmnet Inspector» by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik and Yuri Solomin

1982 - Police captain, «The Challenge» by Georgiy Markov and Eduard Shima, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis

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

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

1983 - First merchant, «The Governmnet Inspector» by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik and Yuri Solomin

1983 - Ventura, «Jealous of Herself» by Tirso de Molina, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1983 - Curan, «King Lear» by William Shakespeare, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1983 - Roman, «My Favorite Clown» by Vasiliy Livanov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1983 - Sentigliano, «Jealous of Herself» by Tirso de Molina, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1983 - First Guardsman, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1983 - Efim, «Foma Gordeev» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1984 - Artemyev, «The Living Corpse» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1984 - Dove-son, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1985 - Sacco, «Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1985 - Vorobiev-Sokolov, Balalaykin, «From the Memoirs of an Idealist» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1985 - Abdulin, «The Governmnet Inspector» by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik and Yuri Solomin

1986 - Photo correspondent, «Ivan» by A. Kudryavtsev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1986 - Yasha, «The Cherry Orchard» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Igor Iliyinskiy

1987 - Sheriff, «The Man Who Laughs» by Victor Hugo, directed by Igor Ilyinskiy and Vladimir Martens

1987 - Ptashkin, «From This Day’s News» by Georgiy Markov and Eduard Shima, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik

1987 - Kolyunya, «To Be Discussed» by Alexander Kosenkov, directed by Vasiliy Fyodorov

1987 - Prince Turenin, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1987 - Headwaiter, «The Choice» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis

1987 - Tokarev, «The Game» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1987 - Carbon, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1988 - Soviet soldier, «The Shore» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1988 - Oleshunin, «Handsome Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Marianna Turbina

1988 - Zemlyanika, «The Governmnet Inspector» by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik and Yuri Solomin

1988 - Ragueneau, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1989 - Belogubov,«A Profitable Position» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1989 - Servant, «Predators» by Aleksey Pisemsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1989 - Guardsman, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1990 - Beloborodov, «And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov, directed by Alexander Chetverkin

1990 - Basmanov, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1991 - Friedrich von Herrnstadt, «Katie of Heilbronn or The Trial by Fire» by Heinrich von Kleist, directed by Klaus Wagner (West Germany)

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

1992 - The Executioner, «The Murder of Gonzago» by Nedyalko Yordano, directed by Boris Morozov

1992 - Simon of Cyrene, «The King of the Jews» by Konstantin Romanov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1994 - Pavlin Savelich, «Wolves and Sheep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1995 - Communist Party organizer, «The Feast of the Victors» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, directed by Boris Morozov

1995 Vasya Shustry, «An Ardent Heart» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Morozov

1995 - Malkov, «The Wild Girl» by Alexander Ostrovsky and Nikolay Solovyov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1996 - Saltykov, «Tsar Boris», «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1996 - Prostakov, «The Minor» by Denis Fonvizin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1996 - Bakin, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1997 - Lup-Kleshnin, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1998 - Guatinara, «Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe, Ernest Leguvé, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1998 - Schebnev, «Krechinsky's Wedding» a musical based on the play by Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1998 - Potrokhov, «Hard-earned Bread» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

1998 - Hofmarschall von Kalb, «Love and Intrigue» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Yuri Solomin

1998 - Prince Golitsyn, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2000 - The second member of the court, «Resurrection» by LeoTolstoy, directed by Eduard Martsevich

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

2002 - Gorodulin, «Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

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

2003 - Dupre, «Mysterious Chest» by Pyotr Karatygin, directed by Alexander Klukvin

2004 - Prozorov, «Three Sisters» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Yuri Solomin

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

2006 - Zemlyanika, «The Government Inspector» by Nikolay Gogol, directed by Yuri Solomin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

2009 - Marquis de Charron, «The Life and Love of Monsieur de Molière, or The Cabal of Hypocrites» by Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2011 - Commander, «Don Juan» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Alexander Klyukvin

2013 - Leporello, «Don Juan» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Alexander Klyukvin

2015 - Rabourdin, «The Heirs of Rabourdin» by Émile Zola, directed by Vladimir Beylis

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