Yuri Alekseevich Sokovnin (1924-1983) - Soviet film and theater actor. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1974), Honored Worker of Culture of Poland (1976). Yu. A. Sokovnin was born on March 11, 1924 in Moscow. Member of World War II from October 1942, guard corporal. Member of the CPSU (b) since 1946. In 1954 he graduated from the operetta department of GITIS, sang beautifully and moved on stage. Since 1954, at MATS, one of the leading actors. The brilliant comedian, the performer of grotesque episodic roles, stood out with unusually expressive facial expressions, a unique voice and characteristic grimaces, played drunk unmatched and was considered almost the best performer of the roles of alcoholics in Moscow, knew a huge number of mischievous ditties and funny couplets, sprinkled jokes and entertained colleagues and friends . The role of Pan Taxi Driver (Pan Jurek) in the television "Zucchini 13 Chairs" brought popularity. Having first appeared in the role of Pan Unknown, over time he became one of the regular participants in this television show. His character demonstrated the negative qualities of workers in this profession: stupidity, selfishness, rudeness, poor education, prudence, odious practicality, cunning, love of money.