Honored Artist of the RSFSR (04/20/1991). People's Artist of Russia (10/13/1998). In 1974 he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography (course of I.P. Vladimirova). He began working in 1974 as an artist in the Maly Drama Theater. Since 1975 - actor of the Lensovet Theater. He became known after the role of Khlestakov in Leonid Gaidai’s film “Incognito from Petersburg” (1977) - the film adaptation of the comedy N.V. Gogol "Revizor". On the TV channel "Culture" led the program "Who is the master of the house," participated in the teleproject "How it was done in Odessa" on Channel Five (2008).