Shavgulidze, Georgii Vladimirovich
Born Nov. 6 (19), 1910, in Kutaisi; died Apr. 13,1959, in Tbilisi. Soviet Georgian actor. People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR (1955).
Shavgulidze was a pupil of K. A. Mardzhanishvili, under whose guidance he began his stage career in 1928 at the Kutaisi Theater (now the Mardzhanishvili Theater in Tbilisi). Known for his integral characterizations, he excelled in bold, romantic parts and was also physically striking and expressive in character roles. His best roles were Saiat-Nova in Gotua’s King Iraklii, Farkhad in Khikmet’s Legend of Love, Shpekin in Gogol’s The Inspector-General, and Nikifor in Mosashvili’s His Star. He also appeared in motion pictures, for example, in the title role in David Guramishvili (1946) and as Nino in Keto and Kote (1953).
Shavgulidze, a recipient of the State Prize of the USSR in 1952, was awarded two orders and several medals.