He graduated with honors from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (1959, the workshop of Vladimir Belokurov) and joined the troupe of the Studio actor's studio. Actor, very popular in the 60s of the twentieth century. Glory to him Khitrov came after the release of the film "Girls" (1961), where he performed the role of Fili Egorov. In the 1970s and 1980s, because of their addiction to alcohol, the actor was much less likely to be invited to the cinema. The episodic role of the tavern servant in the movie "Dead Souls" (1984) was the last work of the artist in the cinema.