20 November 2023

2023-11-20 The 95th Anniversary of the Birth of Aleksei Batalov (1928-2017)

November 20, 2023, marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of the famous Russian actor of stage and screen, and People’s Artist of the USSR, Aleksei Vladimirovich Batalov (1928-2017)

Aleksei Vladimirovich Batalov was born on November 20, 1928, into a family performance artists. His father was the actor and director Vladimir Petrovich Batalov (1902-1964), and his mother was the actress Nina Antonovna Olshevskaya (1908-1991), who descended from the noble Olshevsky family. During the period of mass Communist repressions, Nina Antonovna’s father, Anton Aleksandrovich, was arrested and died in prison, and her mother, Nina Vasilievna (née Narbekova), was sentenced to 10 years in prison for being “a member of the family of an enemy of the people.”


Aleksei Batalov’s stepfather, the playwright and screenwriter Viktor Yefimovich Ardov (1900-1976), had an enormous influence on the formation of his character and creative path.


Nina Antonovna Olshevskaya was close friends with the poet Anna Andreevna Akhmatova (1889-1966), who, during her visits to Moscow, stayed in V. E. Ardov’s and N. A. Olshevskaya’s apartment on Bolshaya Ordynka.


Aleksei Batalov first appeared on stage in Bugulma (in today’s Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation) as an evacuee during the Second World War. In 1944, he played his first movie role in the film Zoya, about the partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya. In 1950, he graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School and entered the Central Academic Theater of the Soviet Army. From 1953 to 1956, he performed at the Moscow Art Theater.


Beginning in 1975, he taught acting at the S. A. Gerasimov All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography.


Aleksei Batalov was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sts. Martha and Mary Benevolent Society, and took an active part in the revival of the Sts. Martha and Mary Convent, founded by Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.


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