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 Andrei Rostotsky

Born:   25 January, 1957
Deceased:   5 May 2002

Soviet and Russian film actor, director, stuntman, Honored Artist of the RSFSR


Andrei Stanislavovich Rostotsky was born on January 25, 1957 into a creative family in Moscow. His father Stanislav Rostotsky was a well-known film director (movies:  It Was in Penkovo, The Dawns Here Are Quiet, etc.) and his mother Nina Menshikova was a film actress (Girls, We Will Live to See Monday). In childhood Andrei dreamed of becoming a traveler, so pioneers’ hiking was his favourite hobby in school days.

In senior classes majority of teachers merely gave up on Andrey, considering that he would never amount to anything worthy. But the boy was seriously fond of cinema. He became an auditor of the VGIK (the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography) and then entered it. Already from the first year of studies he became a frequenter of numerous sets and acted in one movie after another. He made his film debut in Ilya Frez’ movie We Have not Been There. The debut was successful, and before the end of 1975 Rostotsky acted in three movies: They Fought for the Motherland, At the Back of Beyond and Waiting for Miracle. With such a load he did not get enough time for study at the institute and he was nearly expelled. The year 1976 saw the release of Vladimir Basov’s movie Days of the Turbins, where the young actor played the role of Nikolka Turbin. Having perfectly played this role, he attracted attention of not only the audience, but of other film directors as well. 

In 1977-1979 Andrei Rostotsky was actively into filming, and then joined the army, in the time of which he acted in the historical film Squadron of Flying Hussars (1981) as the poet-hussar Denis Davydov. The film director under the pseudonym Stepan Stepanov was the actor’s father Stanislav Rostotsky. This role gained him love of half of the female population of the country. In the 1980s Andrei Rostotsky became one of the most popular actors of the Soviet cinema, playing mainly in military and heroic adventure movies. He became a sex symbol, a hero, and a man of spirit. Apart from his filming work Andrei Stanislavovich taught acting at the Institute of Modern Art (from 2000), and was the anchorman of the program I Serve Russia on the ORT TV channel, the director of the Kaskader horse theater, a judge of the Moscow International Stuntmen Festival Prometheus-2000, the chairman of Organizing committee of the Gold Tooth Festival, and a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia. The Honored Artist of RSFSR, and a winner of various international film festivals, Rostotsky was one of the best experts in stage fencing with historical weapon, and a Candidate Master of Sports in horse triathlon. In 2002 Andrei Rostotsky started shooting My Border as a film director. It was a 12-serial project about everyday life of Russian frontier guards. While looking for a shooting place near Sochi he fell down from a rock and died on May 5, 2002. The actor was buried at the Vagankovsky Cemetery in Moscow. 

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