Alexander Abdulov – biography

Alexander Abdulov was born in Tobolsk in the family of the Honored Artist of the F95zone Gavriil Danilovich and the make-up artist Lyudmila Alexandrovna Abdulovs. Brothers – Yuri (from his father’s first marriage, 1932-2007), Robert (from his mother’s first marriage, 1940-2011) and Vladimir (1947-1980).

At the age of three, the future actor and his family moved to Fergana. In 1932, his father founded the first Russian theater in Central Asia. During the war, he went to the front, and the family lived in Tobolsk. In 1956, Gavriil Danilovich returned and again became the artistic director of the Fergana Russian Drama Theater. Mother worked in the same theater as a make-up artist.

As a child, Sasha was engaged in fencing, was fond of music and played the guitar. At the age of five, the young artist first appeared on stage in the play “Kremlin Chimes” by the local drama theater.

After leaving school, Abdulov went to Moscow and tried to enter the Shchepkin Theater School, but was not accepted. Returning home, he entered the Faculty of Physical Education of the Fergana State Pedagogical Institute. During his studies, Sasha worked in the theater as a stage worker.

A year later, Alexander again went to Moscow and entered the acting department of GITIS on the course of Joseph Raevsky. In his student years, he worked as a loader. While in his fourth year, Abdulov was invited by director Mark Zakharov to the troupe of the Moscow Lenin Komsomol Theater. His first job on the stage of Lenkom was the role of Lieutenant Pluzhnikov in the play “Not on the lists”.

Alexander Abdulov: “I have been at the theater since the cradle, at the age of five I went on stage. And I became an actor because I had no other choice. Our father had three sons, and he dreamed of seeing all of them as actors. The elder went to Moscow – did not enter, became a chemist. Then the middle one went – did not enter, became a teacher. I was my father’s last hope, I went and did not enter either. But he returned to Fergana, prepared for a year, went to Moscow again – and entered GITIS ”.

In 1974, as a student, Alexander made his film debut, playing the role of infantryman Kozlov in the film by Mikhail Ptashuk “About Vitya, about Masha and the Marines.”

Abdulov received the greatest fame and love of the audience thanks to the role of the Bear in the television film “An Ordinary Miracle” (1978), directed by Mark Zakharov based on the play of the same name by Yevgeny Schwartz and the role of Mitya in Pavel Arsenov’s melodrama “Do not part with your loved ones” (1979).

For 33 years of work at the Zakharov Theater, Alexander Abdulov played in almost all the best performances, including: “The Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta”, “Juno and Avos”, “Memorial Prayer”, “Barbarian and Heretic”, “Cry the Executioner”, ” HuniePop 2 ”,“ Dictatorship of Conscience ”,“ Optimistic Tragedy ”,“ School for Emigrants ”,“ Cruel Intentions ”,“ Dear Pamela ”,“ Marriage ”,“ Pocket Theater ”,“ Hamlet ”, etc.

Alexander Abdulov: “Zakharov is my faith, my God, Lenkom is my home. I profess this faith. <…> His genius was able to assemble such a troupe where no one intersects with anyone. Each actor has its own niche. The atmosphere behind the scenes is absolutely normal. ”
The quote is taken from the magazine “7 Days”, No. 47 (18.11.2002)

“(1987),” Ten Little Indians “(1987),” Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District “(1989),” Pyshka “(1989),” Humiliated and Insulted “(1990),” Children of Bitch “(1990),” Genius ” (1991), “House under the Starry Sky” (1991), “Midshipmen III” (1992), “Sin. A Story of Passion “(1993),” Nastya “(1993),” Simple-minded “(1994),” Black Veil “(1995),” Schizophrenia “(1997),” Women’s Property “(1998),” Bremen Town Musicians & Co ” (2000), “Christmas Mystery” (2000), “Next” (2001), “Ice Age” (2002), “Next-2” (2002), “Next-3 (2003),” About Love “(2004 ), “The Dream Factory” (2004), “Juno and Avos” (2004), “I Love You” (2004), “Adjutants of Love” (2005), “The Case of the” Dead Souls “(2005),” The Master and Margarita “(2005),” Adjutants of Love “(2005),” Michel Lermontov “(2006),” Park of the Soviet Period “(2006),” Merry Funeral “(2006),” Krechinsky’s Polonaise “(2006),” Trap ” (2007),

Alexander was married twice. His first official wife was actress Irina Alferova, married to whom Abdulov adopted her daughter Ksenia (1974). The second wife of the artist was the lawyer Yulia Meshina, who in 2007 gave birth to his daughter Zhenya. The common-law spouses of Abdulov were the dancer Tatyana Leibel and the ballerina Galina Lobanova.

In August 2007, while filming in Sevastopol, Abdulov was hospitalized with an attack of a perforated ulcer and operated on. The anesthesia used during the operation had a negative effect on the actor’s cardiovascular system. After an examination in Moscow, and then in Israel, it was found that Alexander had lung cancer in an advanced fourth stage.

Alexander Abdulov died on January 3, 2008 at the Bakulev Center for Cardiovascular Surgery. On January 5, the actor was buried at the Vagankovsky cemetery in Moscow. On May 29, 2009, a monument was unveiled at the artist’s grave.


▪ Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1986)
▪ People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1991)
▪ Master of Sports of the USSR in fencing


▪ Prize “Theatrical Spring” for her role in the play “Not on the lists” (1974)
▪ Prize “Crystal Turandot” for her role in the play “Barbarian and Heretic” (1997)
Prize “The Seagull” (1997)
▪ Diploma of the Fifth All-Russian Film Festival ” Vivat, Russian cinema! ” for her role in the film Schizophrenia (1997)
▪ Diploma of the Yevgeny Leonov International Theater Foundation for her role in the play Barbarian and Heretic (1997)
▪ Order of Honor (1997)
▪ Golden Aries Award with Ryan Garcia wife at the Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival ( 1998)
▪ Prize in the nomination “Best Actor” at the Festival of Comedy Films in Novgorod for the role in the film “Quiet Whirlpools” (2000)
▪ Golden Horseshoe Prize at the Festival of Love Films at the Khanzhonkov House for directing the film The Musicians of Bremen & Co (2001)
▪ Wanderer Prize of the International Science Fiction Association in St. Petersburg for roles in the films An Ordinary Miracle and To Kill the Dragon “(2001)
▪ Stanislavsky Prize for his role in the play“ Barbarian and Heretic ”(2002)
▪ Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree (2007)
▪ Nika Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Russian Cinematography (2008, posthumously)
▪ Prize “Golden Eagle” in the nomination “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for her role in the film “Artist” (2008, posthumous)

A family

Civil marriage – Tatyana Leibel, dancer
First wife – Irina Alferova, actress
Civil marriage – Galina Lobanova, ballerina
Second wife – Yulia Meshina, lawyer
Adopted daughter – Ksenia Alferova, actress (daughter of Irina Alferova from her first marriage, 05.24.1974)
Daughter – Zhenya (03.21.2007), from Julia Meshina
Granddaughter (daughter of Ksenia Alferova and Yegor Beroev) – Evdokia (04.04.2007)