For a long time he could not break into the theater school, having received acting diploma only at the age of 29, and then for another 16 years he waited for a role in the cinema, which made him famous all over the world.
June 25 marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Kazakh and Russian theater and film actor, laureate of the State Prize of the RSFSR and the MTV Prize for the best comedy role, Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR Vladimir Tolokonnikov.
The future Sharikov of the Soviet screen was born on June 25, 1943 in Alma-Ata of the Kazakh SSR (now Almaty, the Republic of Kazakhstan), he graduated from school there. After unsuccessful attempts to enter the theater universities in Moscow, military service and work in the crowd of drama theaters in Alma-Ata and Samara, he entered the Yaroslavl Theater School, from which he graduated in 1972.
From 1973 until the end of his days, Vladimir Tolokonnikov served in the Republican Academic Theater of Russian Drama named after M. Yu. Lermontov in his native Alma-Ata.
The actor first appeared on the movie screen in the episodes of the films of the Kazakhfilm studio “The Last Crossing”, “Son-in-Law from the Province”, “Balcony”.
All-Union fame came to the 45-year-old Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR after the role of Polygraph Sharikov in Vladimir Bortko’s cult film based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s story Heart of a Dog. The picture received several prizes at international film festivals, and director Bortko and the leading actors Vladimir Tolokonnikov and Evgeny Evstigneev were awarded the Vasilyev Brothers State Prize of the RSFSR.
After the success of The Heart of a Dog, Vladimir Tolokonnikov starred regularly, but there were few main roles, and there were no roles of the Sharikov level at all.
Of the most striking images created by the actor on the movie screen, one can single out Filomeev in Nikolai Dostal’s tragicomedies “Cloud-Paradise” and “Kolya – Rolling Stone”, Ivan in Nikita Orlov’s action movie “Ghost”, accountant Yulyukin in Alexander Baranov’s series “Plot” and ” The Enchanted Plot”, Hottabych’s genie in Pyotr Tochilin’s comedy “Hottabych”, partisan sniper Andreev in Vadim Ostrovsky’s series “The Disappeared”, grandfather in Dmitry Dyachenko’s comedies “SuperBobrovs” and “SuperBobrovs. People’s Avengers.
In total, Vladimir Tolokonnikov’s filmography includes about 60 films and television series.
Vladimir Tolokonnikov has not been with us for almost six years. Cavalier of the Kazakh Order Kurmen and the Russian Order of Friendship died on July 15, 2017 in Moscow from cardiac arrest at the age of 74.
The farewell ceremony was held at the Central House of Cinema. At the request of the family of Vladimir Tolokonnikov, he was buried in Moscow at the Troekurovsky cemetery. Just why is unclear. Today, the grave of the actor beloved by millions, on which a monument has not yet been erected, looks as if no one has been there since the day of the funeral. It is unlikely that in his native Alma-Ata, where the actor was literally carried in his arms, his resting place would have been brought to such a state.
Photo: kinopoisk.ru, kinorium.com