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 Nikolai Kryuchkov


Born:   January 6, 1911
Deceased:   April 13, 1994

Soviet stage and film actor

      

Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov was born on (December 24, 1910) January 6, 1911 in Moscow, into the family of workers from Krasnaya Presnya.
He finished a factory school and worked as a reel operator at the Tryokhgorny Manufactory factory till 1930.  Nikolai studied the art of acting at the Moscow Central Theater of Young Workers and played on stage of this theater till 1933. 
In the fall of 1931 the young actor was noticed by the film director Boris Barnet, who suggested Kryuchkov to try his wings in cinema. The actor got an episodic role of Senka the Bootmaker in the movie Okraina (Suburb).  The movie was released in 1933 and was a great success with the audience.  In 1934 the director again invited Kryuchkov to take part in the next film By the Blue Sea. It gained him fame and the actor started getting numerous film offers, which he did not reject. 
In the middle of 1938 Ivan Pyryev offered Kryuchkov the lead role in his new film Tractor Operators. After the movie the Kryuchkov’s character Klim Yarko became one of the most popular persons in the Soviet pre-war cinema. He literally became an example to follow in everyday life for millions of young people. After the tremendous success of Tractor Operators Kryuchkov got plenty of invitations to play in Soviet films.
From the first days of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) the actor started asking to be taken to the frontline. However, a military commissar persuaded him to stay home. “While acting in a film, you will bring not less benefit to the Homeland, than at the frontline”, – he said to the actor. Thus, Nikolai Kryuchkov immersed himself in actor’s work. Several movies were produced, among them The Lad from our City that enjoyed great popularity. In post-war years, despite a limited number of created movies, Kryuchkov did not lack work.
Among his creative gains there are lots of landmark films of that time.
He was a live legend of the Soviet cinema, and any film director was happy to invite him for a role in a new film. At numerous all-Union film festivals Nikolai Kryuchkov was an honorary member of the jury, and often represented the Soviet cinema abroad.
Nikolai Kryuchkov died on April 13, 1994 and was laid to rest at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.
 


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