Boris Seidenberg

Boris Seidenberg
Born (1929-05-21)May 21, 1929
Odessa, Soviet Union
Died October 20, 2000(2000-10-20) (aged 71)
Odessa, Ukraine
Occupation Actor, producer, director.
Years active 1950-2000

Boris Ilyich Seidenberg (Russian: Бори́с Ильи́ч За́йденберг; 21 May 1929, Odessa, Soviet Union - 20 October 2000, Odessa, Ukraine) was a Soviet actor and a Meritorious Artist of the Russian Socialist Federal Soviet Republic.


Seidenberg was interested in acting from an early age. Despite his family's objections, he went to study at the Aleksander Ostrovsky Theater and Art Academy in Tashkent. Though located in the remote Uzbek SSR, the academy's staff consisted some of the Soviet Union's best dramatists, who moved in from Moscow and Leningrad after being blacklisted as rootless cosmopolitans during Andrei Zhdanov's artistic purges.[1]

After graduating at 1950, Seidenberg joined the cast of the Alexander Pushkin Dramatical Theater in Magnitogorsk. After three years there, he began acting in the Bryansk Regional Theater. His work on the stage earned him the title Meritorious Artist of the Russian SFSR on 1961.[2] Seidenberg moved to the Odessa Russian Theater at 1962, where he performed a wide range of characters; his appearances as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet were especially praised by critics. He also depicted Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear, Hamlet and many other Shakespearean protagonists.[3]

At 1964, Seidenberg directed his first play, an adaptation of Karl Wittlinger's Man of the Stars. He had later directed more than thirty stage productions,[4] mainly in the Russian Theater but also in the Vasilko Musical-Dramatical Theater in Odessa. He also held the tenure of an associate-professor in the municipal Antonina Nezhdanova Conservatory's opera department. Seidenberg continued directing and producing plays until his death.[5]

He made his debut on screen as cavalryman Emelyanov in the 1965 film Viper, based on the 1928 eponymous novel by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy. The film was received positively and viewed by 34 million people, making it the seventh highest-grossing Soviet film of the year.[6] Seidenberg appeared in more than forty films altogether.[7]

Selected Filmography

  • 1965 - Viper.
  • 1967 - The Search
  • 1967 - Wedding bells
  • 1967 - Silent Odessa
  • 1969 - I'm His Betrothed.
  • 1970 - Liberation.
  • 1971 - Insolence.
  • 1971 - Criminal Inspector.
  • 1972 - The Washington Correspondent.
  • 1974 - Revenge.
  • 1975 - Black Caravan.
  • 1975 - What's Wrong With You?
  • 1978 - The Fortress.
  • 1981 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
  • 1983 - Through the Gobi Desert and Xing'an.
  • 1985 - The Tempation of Don Giovanni.
  • 1986 - Opponents.
  • 1994 - A Train to Brooklyn.


External links

  • Boris Seidenberg on the IMDb.
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