Honored Artist of the RSFSR (09/22/1989). In 1962 he graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School-Studio (course of G. Gerasimov and A. Karev). In the Art Theater (since 1964) played almost a hundred roles (eight large, the rest - inputs, replacements). As an assistant director worked with B. Livanov and O. Efremov. The best role in the movie - Pirks in the fantastic drama "Inquiry of the Pilot Pirks" (1978). In 1990, together with his wife, actress Elena Kondratova, they organized their own enterprise, in which they staged three duet performances (“The Lady with the Dog” by A. Chekhov, “In Paris” by I. Bunin and the Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov). Since 1991 - actor of the Moscow theater "At Nikitsky Gate". In 1997 he returned to the Moscow Art Theater. Chekhov. Since January 1999, heads the Memorial Chekhov Theater in Melikhovo. Son - biblical scholar, translator, publicist, writer Andrei Desnitsky.