Vladimir Mikhailovich Zeldin
Zel’din, Vladimir Mikhailovich
Born Feb. 15 (28), 1915, in Moscow. Soviet Russian actor. People’s Artist of the USSR (1975).
In 1935, Zel’din graduated from the theatrical school of the Theater of the Moscow Oblast Council of Trade Unions; he later performed with the company. From 1938 to 1941 and from 1943 to 1945 he appeared at the Moscow Transport Theater, and in 1945 he joined the Central Theater of the Red Army (now the Theater of the Soviet Army). His roles have included Aldemaro in Lope de Vega’s The Dancing Master, Kokhta in Baratashvili’s The Dragonfly, Stavridi in Lavrenev’s Song of the Black Sea Sailors, and Corrado in De Filippo’s My Family. He has also appeared in motion pictures, for example, as Musaib in Swineherd and Shepherd (They Met in Moscow), Professor Serebriakov in Uncle Vanya, and Bomelii in the film version of the opera The Tsar’s Bride.