Until 1930, he worked at the factory of the Trekhgornaya manufactory as an engraver. He studied acting at the Moscow Central TRAM, until 1933 - an actor of this theater. In 1934-1936 - the actor of the studio Mezhrabpomfilm (now - the studio of them. M. Gorky), then - Theater actor studio. Winner of the State Prize of the USSR (1941, for the performance of the role of Klima Bright in the film "Tractor Drivers"). People's Artist of the USSR (1965).