Renowned Rus­sian ac­tor

Chicago Sun-Times - - OBITUARIES - Rus­sian ac­tor Sergei Yursky (shown at a 2011 awards cer­e­mony) was born to an ac­tor’s fam­ily in Len­ingrad and joined the city’s Bol­shoi Drama The­ater in 1957.

MOSCOW — Sergei Yursky, a renowned Rus­sian film and stage ac­tor who has been widely rec­og­nized as one of the most tal­ented ac­tors of his gen­er­a­tion, has died. He was 83.

The Mossovet The­ater where Mr. Yursky worked said he died in Moscow on Fri­day. The Tass news agency quoted his daugh­ter as say­ing that he died of heart fail­ure.

Born to an ac­tor’s fam­ily in Len­ingrad, Mr. Yursky grad­u­ated from a the­ater academy and joined the city’s Bol­shoi Drama The­ater in 1957. He worked there for the next two decades and made his di­rec­to­rial de­but with Moliere. He had worked as an ac­tor and di­rec­tor in Moscow’s Mossovet The­ater since 1979.

Mr. Yursky also had a highly suc­cess­ful movie ca­reer, play­ing charm­ing con artist Ostap Ben­der in “The Golden Calf” and a des­per­ate man fac­ing mur­der charges and strug­gling to prove his in­no­cence in “The Meet­ing Place Can’t Be Changed,” among dozens of other roles.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin sent his con­do­lences to Mr. Yursky’s fam­ily, de­scrib­ing him as a man of “re­mark­able, mul­ti­fac­eted tal­ent.”

In a Face­book post, Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev said that Mr. Yursky could per­form “in dif­fer­ent scenic gen­res — from tragedy to grotesque.” “His char­ac­ters form a por­trait gallery of an epoch,” he said.

Mr. Yursky is sur­vived by his wife and daugh­ter, both of them ac­tresses, and two grand­sons. He is set to be buried Mon­day at Moscow’s Troyekurovsky Ceme­tery.

MIKHAIL METZEL/AP

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