Donatas Banionis

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Donatas Banionis
BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Banionis, Donatas Iuozovich


(also D. Iu. Banenis; Lithuanian, Donatas Baniónis). Born Apr. 28, 1924, in Kaunas. Soviet Lithuanian actor. People’s Artist of the USSR (1974). Member of the CPSU since 1960.

A member of the troupe of the Panevėžys Drama Theater since 1941, Banionis graduated from the theater’s drama studio in 1946. His stage roles have included Andrei in Ostrovskii and Solov’ev’s Belugin’s Marriage, Tesman in Ibsen’s Hedda Cabler, and Davydov in an adaptation of Sholokhov’s novel Virgin Soil Upturned. Among his film roles are Vaitkaus in Nobody Wanted to Die, Ladeinikov in The Lifeless Season, the title role in Goya, Kriss in Solaris, McKinley in The Flight of Mister McKinley, and the title role in Beethoven (Defa Studio, German Democratic Republic). He has also appeared as Eduard Staunits in the television film Operation “The Trust”.

Banionis was a deputy to the ninth convocation of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. He received the State Prize of the USSR in 1967 and 1977. Banionis has been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Donatas Banionis plays psychologist Kelvin who is asked to join a Soviet space station circling the planet Solaris.
(8) Donatas Banionis (1924-2014), for instance, was so big that he was not limited to the role of a fascist German or the occasional suspicious foreigner like many other Baltic actors.
And Deimantas Narkevicius's film Revisiting Solaris, 2007, stages a sort of future anterior when the artist, playing the young psychologist Kris Kelvin, protagonist of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972), meets the Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis, who played the psychologist in the original, in a former Soviet television station.
With: Donatas Banionis, Richardas Vitkaitas, Albinas Keleris, Tatjana Liutajeva, Rasa Samuolyte, Pranas Dapshauskas.