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Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha
|Born||Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha
February 4, 1933
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Died||August 30, 2012
Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Кваша; February 4, 1933 — August 30, 2012) was a Soviet and Russian theater and film actor. He was a leading actor of Sovremennik Theater. Igor Kvasha was one of the Sovremennik founders along with Galina Volchek, Oleg Yefremov, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev and Oleg Tabakov. He was honored with People's Artist of Russia in 1978.
Igor Kvasha was born in Moscow, the son of scientist Vladimir Ilich Kvasha, of the faculty of Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology. Kvasha graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School, where he was taught by Aleksander Karev. After graduation he joined the Moscow Art Theater troupe and performed there for two years (1955-1957). In 1957 he started work at the newly established Sovremennik Theater, where he remained.
Recently, the talented actor became a host for the remarkable TV talk show Wait for Me (Russian: Zhdi menya/Жди меня) on Russia's Channel One. Kvasha himself acknowledges that he has got there accidentally. But there are still some vision that he is such an open minded, spiritual man that became the host of this show. He died in Moscow, at the age of 79.
- Sergeant Fetisov as Tavrizyan (1961)
- Adventures of a Dentist as Merezhkovsky (1965)
- Property of the Republic as Lagutin, ataman (1972)
- The Straw Hat as Lieutenant Emil Tavernier (1975)
- Forever Alive as Vladimir (1976)
- The Very Same Munchhausen as burgomaster (1979)
- A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines as pastor Adams (1987)
- Passport as Rabbi (1990)
- The Master and Margarita as Stravinsky (1994)
- The First Circle as Joseph Stalin (2006)
- The White Guard as narrator (2012)
- Ku! Kin-dza-dza (2013)
Honours and awards
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland, 3rd class (30 March 2006) - for outstanding contribution to the development of theatre and many years of creative activity
- People's Artist of the USSR (1968)
- By the President of the Russian Federation (January 25, 2008) - for his contribution to the development of Russian theater and film 
- National Prize actor Andrei Mironov "Figaro" in the "For Service to the Fatherland theatre"
- Igor Kvasha at the Internet Movie Database
- Igor Kvasha at Peoples (Russian)
- Igor Kvashs at Encyclopedia Slovary (Russian)
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