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 Georgiy Zhzhonov

Born:   March 22, 1915
Deceased:   December 8, 2005

Soviet and Russian theatre and film actor


Georgy Zhzhonov was born on March 22, 1915 in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). In 1932 he finished the Leningrad Variety and Circus College, majoring in acrobatics. 

In 1935 he graduated from the Actors’ Department of the Leningrad State Theatre College. In 1931 Georgy Zhzhonov debuted in the movie Road to Life. After the political murder of Kirov Georgy’s elder brother Boris was condemned. The family was exiled to Kazakhstan. However, Georgy showed obstinacy by refusing from the exile and so was arrested, but luckily with Sergey Gerasimov’s petition he was released and sent to the Lenfilm Studio. In 1949 Georgy was arrested again and dismissed not before 1954. From 1954 to 1962 he worked in the Leningrad Regional Drama Lensovet Theatre. In 1969 he became an actor of the Mossovet Theater. Zhzhonov’s destiny was dramatic. For a long time he had no roles, in which he could possibly unfold his creative potential. Later he started to be actively into filming and became a film actor much in demand. The viewers remembered him in the roles of the car inspector in the film Beware of the Car (1966, film director Eldar Ryazanov), Bessonov in the movie The Hot Snow (1973, film director Gabriel Egiazarov), the crew commander Andrey Timchenko in Air Crew (1979, director Alexander Mitta) and many others. 
Georgy Zhzhonov, aged 90, died of lung cancer on December 8, 2005. The actor was laid down to rest in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

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