“In life, a feat to be!”: FAN collected the top 5 most striking roles of actor Alexander Demyanenko

Global Look Press |  Anatoly Lomokhov
Global Look Press | Anatoly Lomokhov

Soviet and Russian theater, film and television actor, dubbing master, People’s Artist of the RSFSR Alexander Demyanenko was born on May 30, 1937. During his life, he starred in more than 115 films.

On the birthday of the popularly beloved artist FAN prepared the top 5 most striking of his acting work.


“Green Van”

The character of Alexander Demyanenko, Viktor Shestakov, played a very important role in the maturation of the main character, Volodya Patrikeev, whose role he brilliantly played Dmitriy Kharatyan.

Shot from the film “Green Van”

The story of the growing up of yesterday’s high school student, full of youthful dreams of glory, chases, the newly minted head of the district police department in post-revolutionary Odessa, would not be complete without an episode of Victor Shestakov’s self-sacrifice. It was he who, at the cost of his own life, helped in neutralizing the bandits. Without a doubt, this act had a strong influence on the ardent, still hovering in the clouds of romance, Volodya Patrikeev.

Shot from the film “Green Van”

“Dima Gorin’s Career”

This film also continues the theme of growing up and maturation of the protagonist. In the same way, the head of the branch of the savings bank, seized with romantic moods, due to circumstances, is forced to go to the taiga to build the Siberia-Ural power transmission line.

Shot from the film “Dima Gorin’s Career”

However, this turn in his life is extremely successful. Soon he realizes that he is by no means eager to return to Moscow. The thing is that it is here that he sees the life that is close to him in spirit. In these parts live people close to him in spirit, the same romantics, but every day they do not indulge in dreams, but accomplish real feats, labor. In addition, here our hero meets his love.

Shot from the film “Dima Gorin’s Career”

“Operation” Y “and other adventures of Shurik”

It is in this film that the director Leonid Gaidai on the screen appeared the hero who won the hearts of millions of inhabitants of our country – Shurik. What is the secret of the charm of this character. In fact, everything is quite simple. We can all easily see ourselves in it. Not always quick, but ardent, sincere young man lives according to his conscience. His life is full of both his little problems and wonderful events, such as meeting student Lida.

Film frame | “Operation Y”

Shurik’s fearlessness in confronting the legendary trinity – the Coward, the Dunce and the Experienced – reminds us that even in ordinary life there is a place for a feat. The life of a small person is not at all obliged to be boring and quiet. Adventure, whether it’s youthful passion or a fight with criminals, is always there, you just need to stay alert.

frame from the film
frame from the film “Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures”

“Ivan Vasilyevich is changing his profession”

It is a sin for the heroes played by Alexander Demyanenko to complain about a boring life. Many dizzying adventures fell to their lot. So in this film, the engineer-inventor Alexander Timofeev is going through a whole kaleidoscope of serious events.

Frame from the film “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession”

The mere departure of his wife to the director Yakin is worth something. For another person, even this event alone became a real life test. However, for the engineer Timofeev, this is just the beginning. Soon his life will change dramatically because of the work he created the time machine. It is she who sends the main characters of the story back in time. Ivana Grozny, and the monarch himself to Moscow in 1973, at the sight of which the autocrat cannot restrain himself and utters: “What a beauty! Lepota!

Frame from the film “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession”

“Prisoner of the Caucasus, or Shurik’s New Adventures”

Love and dizzying adventures continue to accompany Shurik’s character in this film as well. It was this role that finally rooted in the hearts of the audience unconditional love for the actor Alexander Demyanenko. By the way, here fate again confronts him in confrontation with the Coward, Dunce and Experienced.

Frame from the film “Prisoner of the Caucasus”

Here we again fully understand the hero and empathize with his ups and downs. Of course, each of us wants, and someone has already been lucky, to meet that very “student, Komsomol member, athlete”, finally, just a beauty. This is exactly what will fall to Shurik, but for your happiness, as it always happens in life, you need to fight properly. Especially considering the fact that next to each “Nina” there will certainly be a friend “Saakhov” nearby.


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