Honored Artist of Russia (2002). His passion for theater began by chance. A classmate, an intelligent Jewish lad, whom the big man Valka Golubenko constantly defended, once took him to a rehearsal drama club. It so happened that one of the performers did not appear, and the head of the independent studio Lev Lemke (later a famous artist, and then a student) invited him to read the role of a book. Valentine excused himself, he blushed, but before the girls it was inconvenient to break for a long time, and he took it, read it somehow. Lemke asked him to help out their team - to come again next time. So the gloomy and crazy Dnepropetrovsk guy, who escaped in the seventh grade to the virgin lands and returned from there with a diploma and a profession in his hands, smelled the scenes. In 1961, he graduated from the Kharkov Theater Institute (workshop of V.N. Chistyakova) and became an actor in the Sevastopol Theater of the Red Banner Black Sea Fleet, and in 1968 he joined the troupe of the Central Theater of the Soviet Army. During one of the Sevastopol theater tours in Moscow, cinematographers also noticed Valentine. On the projection screen, Valentin Golubenko appeared in the 1960s, thanks to his textural appearance, he got mostly small roles of all sorts of gangsters and robbers.