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Actor Boris Khmelnitsky Passed Away
16.02.2008 22:25
Actor Boris Khmelnitsky Passed Away

Popular theatre and film actor Boris Khmelnitsky, Peoples Artist of Russia has died today after a long illness, aged 68.
      
      Boris Khmelnitsky was born on June 27, 1940 in the city of Ussuriisk, Primorski Krai. In 1961 he graduated Lvov Musical School and in 1966 Shchukin Drama School in Moscow. From 1964 to 1988 he played on stage of the Moscow Drama and Comedy Theatre on Taganka. In 1966 he made his film debut with the role of poetic soldier in Kto vernyotsa, dolyubit (Who Returns Will Love On) directed by Leonid Osyka.
      
      The actor starred in Krasnaya Palatka (The Red Tent) (1969), Strely Robin Guda (Robin Hood's Arrows) (1976), Dikaya okhota korolya Stakha (Savage Hunt of King Stakh) (1979), Ballada o doblestnom rytsare Ayvengo (The Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe) (1983) and many other Russian pictures. In addition to that he composed music for stage productions of Taganka Theatre and a number of feature films.
      
      The last role of Boris Khmelnitsky is that of ataman Borodaty in Vladimir Bortkos screening of Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol.
      
      The last project that Boris Khmelnitsky managed to implement was the celebration of the 70th anniversary since the birthday of Vladimir Vysotsky in Taganka Theatre in January this year. Despite the fact that Boris Khmelnitsky had lost the use of his legs he had nevertheless carried it through, so dedicated he was.
      
      The farewell ceremony will take place on Monday, starting at 11 am, in the Central House of Cinema in Moscow. The actor will be laid to rest at Kuntsevskoye Cemetery.
      


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