Honored Artist of the RSFSR (07/06/1978). People's Artist of the RSFSR (10/23/1989). In 1939 he entered the theater school named after B.V. Schukin, but after a month of study he was drafted into the Red Army. And two years later the war began ... Having demobilized in 1946, he returned to the school. Upon completion in 1950 of the BV Theater School. Shchukin became an actor theater on Malaya Bronnaya. Since 1950 - teacher, and since 1981 - Professor of the Theater School named after B.V. Shchukin. For many years he was considered the best teacher of the department of acting skills, among his students (issues of 1971, 1976 and 1983 - Natalya Gundareva, Konstantin Raikin, Yuri Bogatyryov, Evgenia Simonova, Natalya Varley, Veniamin Smekhov, Leonid Yarmolnik, Yury Vasilyev, Galina Belyaeva and many others .