Actor, theater director. People's Artist of Russia (2005). He graduated from the Ural Polytechnic College, and then the acting faculty of the Sverdlovsk Theater School (1976, course V. Kozlov). In 1981 he graduated from the directing department of GITIS (course M. O. Knebel). At the end of GITIS, Yu.P. Lyubimov in Taganka Theater, where he worked until 1989. Since 1989 - the main director of the Moscow Comedy Theater, in 1991-2015 - artistic director, chief director and actor of the Russian State Theater on Pokrovka. In 2002-2011 - art director and chief director of the Moscow Academic Dramatic Theater. Mayakovsky. As a director, he staged more than 40 performances in theaters in Russia, the CIS and abroad. Among the most striking actor's works in cinema is the role of one of the twelve jurors in the film "12", directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.