Merited Artist of the RSFSR (07.27.1976). People's Artist of the RSFSR (07.15.1986). Before studying at the drama school, he was a worker at one of the Kazan factories. A chance meeting on Gurzuf Street with director Mark Donskoy, who invited him to his film “Hello, Children,” determined his fate. He began to play amateur, he studied in the studio at the Kazan Theater. He graduated from the Kazan Theater School and the Moscow Art Theater School (1966). From 1961 to 1969 and from 1971 to 1987, he was an actor in the Kalininsky Drama Theater, where he played over 30 roles. Season 1970/1971 played in the Leningrad Komsomol Theater (now the Baltic House Theater). In 1987 he joined the troupe of the Moscow Gorky Art Academic Theater (artistic director Tatyana Doronina). He began acting in films since the mid-1960s. The famous actor was made by the role of Frol Kurganov remembered by everyone in the television series Shadows Fade at Noon (1971).