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Armen Dzhigarkhanyan

Armen Dzigarkhanyan (Armenian: Արմեն Ջիգարխանյան, Russian: Арме́н Бори́сович Джигарханя́н, born 3 October 1935, Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR) is one of the most popular Soviet, Russian and Armenian actors. He starred in dozens of Soviet films (such as The Elusive Avengers and many others) and provided the voice for many cartoon characters. He founded his own theater in Moscow. Dzigarkhanyan worked as assistant cameraman at Armenfilm studios in 1953–1954. He began his acting career in 1955 at the Russian Stanislavsky Theater in Yerevan, and in 1967 moved to the Lenkom Theatre in Moscow. In 1969, he joined the Mayakovsky Academic Theater. Dzhigarkhanyan was awarded the Armenian Republican State Prize in 1975 for Triangle and again in 1979 for Snow in Mourning. He appeared as a chief gangster in the 1979 TV series The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, playing opposite Vladimir Vysotsky's police investigator. In 1981, he plays a leading role as Nazi Max Richard in an international Cast (Claude Jade, Alain Delon and Curd Jürgens) in Russian-French Movie Teheran 43. Dzigarkhanyan was given the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1985.


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