Bruno Arturovich Freindlikh

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Freindlikh, Bruno Arturovich


Born Sept. 27 (Oct. 10), 1909, in St. Petersburg. Soviet Russian actor. People’s Artist of the USSR (1974).

Freindlikh studied at the Leningrad Theatrical Technicum. In 1931 he helped establish the Leningrad Kolkhoz Theater of Young Workers, a branch of the Leningrad Theater of Young Workers. He acted in the Leningrad Young People’s Theater from 1941 to 1945 and in the Leningrad Bolshoi Drama Theater from 1946 to 1948. In 1948 he joined the Pushkin Leningrad Drama Theater.

Freindlikh, a multifaceted actor with a subtle mastery of philosophic dialogue, has performed a number of comedie roles. His most important roles include Hamlet and Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Twelfth Night, Pavka Korchagin in Ostrovskii’s How the Steel Was Tempered, Khlestakov in Gogol’s The Inspector-General, the Baron in Pushkin’s The Covetous Knight, Father Serafim in Aleshin’s Everything Is Left to People, Fedor Baliasnikov in Arbuzov’s Tales of the Old Arbat, I. S. Tur-genev in Pavlovskii’s Elegy, and Gratsianskii in Leonov’s Russian Forest. Freindlikh has appeared in motion pictures, where his notable roles have included Roshchin in Different Fates (1956), the duke in Don Quixote (1957), and Admiral Kanaris in The End of Saturn (1968).

Freindlikh received the State Prize of the USSR in 1951.

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