Vitaly Leonov: biography, creativity, career, personal life

He was born in pre-war time, and to resent and learn to make independent decisions he had to already in the days of military fevering.

Yet all of his roles were imbued with vitality, optimism and endlessly sincere humour, whatever role he played.


best films in Leonov’s filmography consider the paintings “They fought for the Motherland”, “White Bim Black Ear”, “Can’t be!” , “Dog on Hay”, “Kin-Dza-Dza”. So did he play a role in the epic miniseries “Sibiriad”.


Born Vitaly Viktorovich Leonov in 1926 in the Ural city of Sverdlovsk, now Yekaterinburg. His family was far from the art world: his father was a trade worker and his mother a housewife.

Vitaly received an incomplete eight-year education at the school, and then left for the Solovetsky Islands to attend a jung school. The teenager was only fourteen years old, however he was already quite independent.

Solovetsky Jung school is famous for discipline, good military training, so from its walls came real heroes who during the Great Patriotic War defended the northern frontiers of their Homelands from enemy ships. Now on the school’s Fame Board next to portraits of the Heroes of the Soviet Union hang portraits of famous people who were trained here in maritime affairs. Including here there is a fraction of the famous writer Valentin Pikul and actor Vitaly Leonov.

War for Junga Leonov began when he served on the steering minocarrier “Karl Liebknecht” accompanying the Northern ships naval fleet and conducting naval convoys.$ All the war the future actor served on this ship, getting into different fights. There is in his military biography and a memorable moment: in 1945 he was already in the rank of petty officer and was on watch the day their minesweeper was attacked by U-286 submarine. The team quickly reacted to the attack and sank the enemy sub.


actor’s career

Leonov was hit by accident: he was recommended by the mother of a familiar girl as a talented reciter of poems. Immediately by order of Admiral Golovko the sailor became an entertainer — got to the Theater of the Northern Fleet. There he worked until 1950 and then left to serve on a fishing vessel. The reasons for this act are unknown. He returned to the Leonov Theatre only fifteen years later — in 1965.

He lived in Tashkent, Samarkand and Moscow. In the capital, he got a job in the theater studio of a film actor and started acting in films. His image didn’t have to the main roles, so he had to play that drunkard, that worker, that woman or robber. However, his every role was notable and vivid.

Personal life

According to Leonov’s life was a charming man, often was the soul of the company, able to cheer and laugh anyone. That’s probably why he was married three times. He had a daughter from his first marriage and a son from his second.

Vitaly Viktorovich Leonov died in 1993 in Moscow, he was buried in Vostryakov Cemetery of the capital.

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