Ktorov, Anatolii Petrovich

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Ktorov, Anatolii Petrovich


Born Apr. 12 (24), 1898, in Moscow. Soviet Russian actor. People’s Artist of the USSR (1963).

Ktorov made his stage debut in 1917 in the V. F. Komissarzhevskaia Theater in Moscow. Between 1920 and 1933, with some interruptions, he worked in the Korsh Theater. His charm, grace, natural artistry, and mastery of the art of transformation made Ktorov one of the outstanding masters of character roles. He became famous for his roles in the films The Three Million Case (1926, Cascarilla), Holiday of St. Jorgen (1930, Mikael Korkis), and Without Dowry (1937, Paratov). In 1933, Ktorov joined the Moscow Art Theater, where his best roles included Sam Weller in The Pickwick Club, based on Dickens’ novel; Shervinskii in Bulgakov’s The Days of the Turbins; Koko in L. N. Tolstoy’s The Fruits of Enlightenment; Suslov in Gorky’s The Summer People; Crossman in Lillian Hellman’s Autumn Garden; and Nikolai Skrobotov in Gorky’s The Enemies. Among his important roles in the 1960’s was that of George Bernard Shaw in the play Dear Liar by Kilty. His major film roles at this time were those of Prince Bolkonskii in War and Peace and the king in Envoy of the Soviet Union. Ktorov was awarded the State Prize of the USSR in 1952 and the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.


Vladimirova, Z. “Anatolii Ktorov.” Teatr, 1967, no. 3.


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