Dancer of the academic theater, entertainer, operetta, cinema. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1936). He graduated from the Petersburg Choreographic School (teachers - M. Fokin, A. Shiryaev, M. Obukhov). As a synthetic actor, Orlov played the central role of the “last cab driver” in the performance-review of the Leningrad music hall “Miracles of the 21st Century” (1928). Together with Leonid Utyosov created in the mid-20s. pop theater "Utor" (Utesov-Orlov). On the stage of the 20-30s. The choir quartet of wandering musicians created by him was a success (he started singing with hoarseness in the voice of Orlov, choristers and artists of the Alexandrian Theater E. Tim, J. Malyutin, theater and stage actor Fedor Romch). "Clockwork" temperament, a special "Orlovskaya" plastic, musicality distinguished his work on the stage, in the operetta, the drama theater (played by Robinson in "Pridridannitsa", Epikhodova in "Cherry Orchard").