Vladimir Basov

Vladimir Pavlovich Basov (Russian: Владимир Павлович Басов, 28 July 1923 17 September 1987[1]) was a Soviet actor, film director and screenwriter. Vladimir Basov was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1983.

Vladimir Basov
Vladimir Pavlovich Basov

(1923-07-28)28 July 1923
Died17 September 1987(1987-09-17) (aged 64)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
Notable work
The Shield and the Sword (1968)
TitlePeople's Artist of the USSR (1983)
AwardsMedal for Battle Merit (1943), Order of the Red Star (1945)


Vladimir Basov was born in the Urazovo village, Belgorod Oblast to Pavel Basov (Basultainen) and Alexandra Basova.[2] His father was a Tartu alumnus of Finnish ethnicity who joined Bolsheviks during the revolution. «Basov» was his party alias later adopted as a family name. He served as an officer and political commissar up 'till his death in 1931. Vladimir's mother Alexandra Ivanovna was a daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest from Pokrovsk. She met Pavel during the Civil war; he was a runaway and asked for shelter. During the 1920s she taught peasant children Russian language and literature. According to Vladimir Basov Jr., his father had Russian, Finnish and Georgian roots.[3]

In 1941 Vladimir Basov joined the Great Patriotic War. He served in the Red Army as an artillery officer, mortar battery commander, then, as a staff officer in the 28th Special Artillery Division in the rank of Kapitan. He was awarded the Medal for Battle Merit in 1943 and the Order of the Red Star in 1945 for displaying outstanding heroism during the capture of a Nazi military base.[4] He was wounded in action, but continued serving until the war ended.

In 1947 Basov entered VGIK. He studied direction under Sergei Yutkevich and Mikhail Romm and graduated in 1952 to work on the Mosfilm studio. As a director Basov made 18 films, and one teleplay. Among his most acclaimed pictures is the TV adaption of Mikhail Bulgakov's play The Days of the Turbins and a big-screen spy thriller The Shield and the Sword (1968) which he also co-wrote. He is credited with writing screenplays to most of his movies.

In 1963 his friend Georgiy Daneliya offered a small part in the upcoming film Walking the Streets of Moscow.[5] Basov quickly turned into one of the most beloved Soviet comedy actors. He usually portrayed episodic, but distinguishing characters running some shady businesses, such as the lonely official in Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Among his bigger roles is Viktor Myshlaevski in The Days of the Turbins (1976), Huck Finn's father in Hopelessly Lost (1973), Duremar in The Adventures of Buratino (1975), Pyotr Luzhin in Crime and Punishment (1969), Artur Arturovich in The Flight (1970), Stump in The Adventures of Elektronic (1979). He also voiced a number of popular animated toons.

His busy schedule mixed with heavy drinking resulted in serious health problems during the 1980s.[2] In 1983 he survived a stroke that led to complete paralysis of half of his body, yet he continued working. Basov died after the second stroke in 1987. He was buried on the Kuntsevo Cemetery.[6]

A member of the Communist Party since 1948.

Personal life

Vladimir Basov was married three times to three Soviet actresses. His first wife was Roza Makagonova (1927-1995). They met while studying at VGIK. They had no children.

His second marriage was to Natalya Fateyeva. They had one son - Vladmir Basov Jr. (born 1959), also a prominent Soviet/Russian actor and film director.

His last wife was Valentina Titova. Their son Alexandr Basov (born 1965) is a Russian film director as well, while their daughter Elizaveta (born 1971) finished dance courses.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Film Original title Role Notes
1954Courage SchoolШкола мужестваPoruchik (uncredited)Also director
1955The Crash of the EmirateКрушение эмиратаColonel (uncredited)Also director
1957It Happened at the Mine Number EightСлучай на шахте восемьUncreditedAlso director
1961The Fight on a WayБитва в путиBroadcaster's voiceAlso director
1963Walking the Streets of MoscowЯ шагаю по МосквеFloor polisher
The SilenceТишинаDriverAlso director
1964The BlizzardМетельUncreditedAlso director
1965Thirty ThreeТридцать триMuseum's director
Operation Y and Shurik's Other AdventuresОперация «Ы» и другие приключения ШурикаThe strict policeman
1968The Shield and the SwordЩит и мечBrunoAlso director
1969Crime and PunishmentПреступление и наказаниеPyotr Petrovitch Luzhin
1970The FlightБегArtur Arturovich, the Cockroach Tsar
1972As Ilf and Petrov Rode a TramЕхали в трамвае Ильф и ПетровTramway passenger / The head of department
Back to LifeВозвращение к жизниGuitaristAlso director
Dangerous CornerОпасный поворотCharles Trevor StantonAlso director
1973Big School-BreakБольшая переменаPhotographer
Hopelessly LostСовсем пропащийHuck's father
ChipollinoЧиполлиноPrince Lemon
1974100% NylonНейлон 100 %Kireev the lawyerAlso director
1975The Adventures of BuratinoПриключения БуратиноDuremar
AfonyaАфоняVladimir Ivanovich
Captain NemoКапитан Немо Royer
Vasilisa Mikulishna (animation)Василиса МикулишнаPrince VladimirVoice only
1976The Days of the TurbinsДни ТурбиныхViktor MyshlayevskyAlso director
Sentimental RomanceСентиментальный романFather
1977About the Little Red Riding HoodПро Красную ШапочкуThin Wolf
MiminoМиминоSinitsyn, the opera singer
The Nose НосA Doctor
Domestic CircumstancesПо семейным обстоятельствамEdward Bubukin
The Miracle Voice of GelsominoВолшебный голос ДжельсоминоKing GiacomonVocal by Oleg Anofriyev
1978A Dog Was Walking Down the PianoШла собака по роялюGromov
The New Adventures of Captain WrongelНовые приключения капитана ВрунгеляBlock Silent
Father SergiusОтец Сергийuncredited
Last Bride of Zmey Gorynych (animation)Последняя невеста Змея ГорынычаZmey GorynychVoice only
1979Moscow Does Not Believe in TearsМосква слезам не веритAnton KruglovBest Foreign Language Film of 1980[7]
The Adventures of ElektronicПриключения ЭлектроникаStump the chief gangster
The Suicide Club, or the Adventures of a Titled PersonКлуб самоубийц, или Приключения титулованной особыInspector Trenton
1980Teheran 43Тегеран-43Taxi driverSoviet-French-Swiss-Spanish production
1981Unpaid VacationОтпуск за свой счётYevdokimovUSSR-Hungary production
Be My HusbandБудьте моим мужемCamper
Past Day FactsФакты минувшего дняPetr DanilovichAlso director
SilvaСильваOberleutnant von Rohnsdorff
1982The Story of VoyagesСказка странствийLawyer
Look for a WomanИщите женщинуJacque-Pierre Antoine
The Trust That Has BurstТрест, который лопнулFake John Morgan
The Circus PrincessПринцесса циркаPelikan
Chertyonok № 13 (animation)Чертёнок № 13TeacherVoice only
1984Time and the ConwaysВремя и семья КонвейErnest BeeversAlso director
1985A Boatswain and a Parrot (animation)Боцман и попугайFilm directorVoice only
1986Seven Cries in the OceanСемь криков в океанеDirector only


  1. Могила на Кунцевском кладбище, уч. 10
  2. Bodanova L. I., Vladimir Basov. In Direction, in Life and Love. Moscow, 2014. ISBN 978-5-227-05104-2 p. 3-8
  3. Vladimir Basov: Everything About My Mother Karavan Istoriy, October, 2011. (in Russian)
  4. Basov Vladimir Pavlovich, born 1923 National Act of Bravery During the Great Patriotic War 1941-1944, online archive by the Ministry of Defence. (in Russian)
  5. «The movie is too optimistic». How Walking the Streets of Moscow was made Argumenty i Fakty, 11/04/2014. (in Russian)
  6. Basov Vladimir Pavlovich (1923-1987) Celebrity Tombs
  7. "The 53rd Academy Awards (1981) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
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