Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1994). From 1932 to 1934, Nikolai Kuzmin studied at the Leningrad Culinary School, after which until 1936 he worked as a cook in the Petrograd district. In 1940, Kuzmin graduated from the acting department of the Leningrad Theatrical Institute and was immediately called up for military service, and later became a member of the Great Patriotic War. Demobilized, Kuzmin was taken as an actor in the Leningrad TYuZ, where he worked half the season, in 1946 he was repressed and until 1954 was imprisoned. Freed, one year was a brick factory worker. And only in 1956, Nikolai Kuzmin was able to return to acting again - he was enlisted in the state of the film studio "Lenfilm". The actor played his first episodes in the cinema even before the war - in the films “Childhood of Marshal” and “At the Border”, and he began to act actively since 1956, playing the roles of simple peasants, workers, and soldiers.