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Arkadiy Raykin

Arkady Isaakovich Raikin (Russian: Аркадий Исаакович Райкин; 24 October [O.S. 11 October] 1911 – 17 December 1987) was a Soviet stand-up comedian, theater and film actor, and stage director. He led the school of Soviet and Russian humorists for about half a century. Raikin was born into a Jewish family in Riga, in the Governorate of Livonia of the Russian Empire (present-day Latvia). He graduated from the Leningrad Theatrical Technicum in 1935 and worked in both state theatres and variety shows. In 1939, he founded his own theatre in Leningrad, where he used skits and impersonations to ridicule the inefficiency of Communist bureaucracy and the Soviet way of life. In the Stalinist police state this was prone to danger, as it was not uncommon to get purged not only for telling a casual joke, but even for not reporting it to the authorities. He also appeared in several comedies during and after the Great Patriotic War. Raikin created an array of popular satirical characters, some of which were featured in the TV serial People and Mannequins. He launched careers of several other prominent stand-up comedians, such as Mikhail Zhvanetsky and Roman Kartsev. Raikin is often compared with Charlie Chaplin. His fame in the Soviet Union, and throughout Central and Eastern Europe, was such that he was invited to participate in the opening night of BBC Two television in 1964, although the broadcast had to be postponed for one day due to a power failure. His trip to London for the BBC broadcast—during which he was reunited with his British cousin, distinguished pianist Bruno Raikin—marked the first of only two times when the Soviet government permitted him to perform in the West. Arkady Raikin also maintained good working relationships with Marcel Marceau and some other foreign actors. Three years before his death, Raikin finally moved to Moscow, where he opened the Satyricon Theatre, now run by his son Konstantin Raikin, also an acclaimed actor. His wife, Roma, played a major role in guiding his career, and his daughter, Ekaterina, also had a successful career as a Moscow actress. For a month during the summer of 1987, Raikin hosted his American cousin, Washington D.C. attorney Steven Raikin, as a guest in his Moscow flat.[3] In September 1987 the Soviet Ministry of Culture finally permitted Raikin to visit the United States, where, with his son and daughter, he gave emotional farewell performances in several cities to adoring audiences of Russian émigrés. (Wiki)

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Oct 24, 1911 In Riga - Latvia - USSR
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Первый взвод 1933-05-07
Latest Project:
Movie Мир дому твоему 1987-02-27
Known For
Poster of I Am Returning Your Portrait
Poster of Люди и манекены
Poster of Concert for the Front
Poster of Wings of Victory
Movie Мир дому твоему Unknown 1987-02-27
Movie The King's Sandwich Narrator (voice) 1985-01-01
Movie I Am Returning Your Portrait himself 1983-01-01
Series Люди и манекены Unknown 1974-11-08
Movie Люди и манекены Unknown 1974-11-08
Movie Magic Power Unknown 1970-08-24
Movie Вчера, сегодня и всегда Unknown 1969-01-01
Movie Новогодний календарь Unknown 1966-01-01
Movie Новогодняя ярмарка Unknown 1965-01-01
Movie When the Song Does Not End... Unknown 1965-10-13
Movie The Bath House Unknown 1962-08-14
Movie На сон грядущий Unknown 1960-01-01
Movie Familiar Pictures (voice) 1957-05-21
Movie Did We Meet Somewhere Before Unknown 1954-08-17
Movie Concert for the Front Projectionist / Host 1942-11-06
Movie Wings of Victory Unknown 1941-03-12
Movie Doktor Kalyuzhnyy Unknown 1939-06-06
Movie Years of Fire Unknown 1939-09-21
Movie Первый взвод Unknown 1933-05-07