After several attempts to enter various theater schools, he served in the army (foreman of a brass band). After the army, he studied for three years at the Voronezh Technological Institute. In 1987 he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography (course I. Gorbachev). He worked in the Pushkin Theater, the Youth Theater on the Fontanka (1987-95). He started acting in films since 1990. He became popular after the role of Dukalis in the TV series "Streets of Broken Lanterns". Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2006).