Honored Artist of the RSFSR (09/04/1974). People's Artist of the RSFSR (07/25/1980). Difficult childhood, hard work - the young man began his working life as a collective farm brigadier. In secret, the peasant son always thought about the stage, dreamed of roles, mentally imagined himself as one or another hero. As soon as the opportunity arose, Ivan went to enter Moscow for an “artist”. He graduated from the school at the Moscow Theater of the Revolution (1935).