Rus­sian theater and film di­rec­tor Zakharov dead

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MOSCOW (AP) — Mark Zakharov, a renowned Rus­sian theater and film di­rec­tor whose pro­duc­tions were widely ac­claimed and loved by sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of Rus­sians, has died. He was 85.

Zakharov died in Moscow on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to the Lenkom The­atre, which he had led for more than four decades. The theater’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mark Var­shaver, said Zakharov died of pneu­mo­nia.

Born in Moscow, Zakharov grad­u­ated from the cap­i­tal’s lead­ing theater school in 1955 and worked as an ac­tor for a decade be­fore he be­came a stage di­rec­tor. He served as the Lenkom The­atre’s di­rec­tor from 1973 un­til his death.

Many of Zakharov’s theater pro­duc­tions be­come

iconic. He also gained fame as a film di­rec­tor.

In a con­do­lence let­ter, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin hailed Zakharov as a “colossal per­son­al­ity” and praised the late di­rec­tor’s “re­mark­able tal­ent, free­dom and dig­nity.”

Plans call for Zakharov to be buried Tues­day at Moscow’s Novode­vichy Ceme­tery.

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In this April 25, 2018 file photo, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Artis­tic di­rec­tor of Moscow’s Lenkon Theater Mark Zakharov (right) dur­ing Krem­lin awards cer­e­mony in Moscow, Rus­sia. Mark Zakharov, a renowned Rus­sian theater and film di­rec­tor whose pro­duc­tions have been widely ac­claimed and loved by sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of Rus­sians, died on Satur­day. He was 85.

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