Actor theater on Malaya Bronnaya. Honored Artist of the Tajik SSR (1942). Born into a peasant family. His father died during the imperialist war, and his mother was a housewife. In 1922, Alexander entered the village school, and then moved to the seven-year school. As a schoolboy, he became fascinated with the theater, began to attend a drama club at the village and participate in school parties. In 1930, Shirshov entered the drama department of the State Theater Works in the class of A.P. Petrovsky and immediately after its completion in 1933, he was accepted into a literary and dramatic workshop under the direction of Alexei Dikiy. In 1935, in connection with the departure of the workshop in Leningrad, Shirshov moved to the Moscow TRAM, and then, in 1937, with his fellow students went to the city of Stalinabad (now - Dushanbe) in the Russian Drama Theater named after Mayakovsky, where he worked until March 1944 and was one of the leading actors. From 1944 to 1946, Alexander Shirshov played in the Leningrad Comedy Theater, and in 1946 joined the troupe of the Moscow Drama Theater (since 1968 - Theater on Malaya Bronnaya), where he worked until retirement in 1983.