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Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov (born January 27, 1948) is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then moved to New York to dance with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director. Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer. In 1977, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work as "Yuri Kopeikine" in the film The Turning Point.


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Born:
Jan 28, 1948 In Riga, Latvia
Movie/TV Credits:
24
First Appeared:
In the series Today 1952-01-14
Latest Project:
Movie Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story 2021-01-02
Known For
Poster of American Masters
Poster of Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding), A Ballet In Three Acts
Poster of The Kennedy Center Honors
Poster of Great Performances
Filmography
Movie Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story Unknown 2021-01-02
Movie Studio 54 Self (archive footage) 2018-06-15
Series Doll & Em Mikhail 2014-02-18
Movie Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens Himself - Dancer 2007-05-19
Movie Rehearsing a Dream Unknown 2006-08-25
Series Iconoclasts Self 2005-11-17
Movie Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance Himself 2001-12-16
Movie Company Business Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko 1991-09-06
Movie The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Unknown 1991-12-04
Movie Dancers Tony 1987-10-09
Series American Masters Self 1986-06-23
Movie That's Dancing! Himself - Host 1985-01-01
Movie White Nights Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko 1985-11-22
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly Self 1985-05-07
Movie Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding), A Ballet In Three Acts Basilio 1984-03-05
Movie Baryshnikov in Hollywood Unknown 1982-04-21
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire Unknown 1981-04-18
Movie Carmen Don José 1980-01-01
Movie Baryshnikov on Broadway Unknown 1980-04-24
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Self 1978-12-28
Movie The Nutcracker Toy Nutcracker 1977-01-01
Movie The Turning Point Yuri Kopeikine 1977-11-14
Series Great Performances Self 1971-01-28
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14