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Creator / Oleg Menshikov

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Меньшиков, Олег Евгеньевич
Oleg Yevgenyevich Menshikov (Russian: Оле́г Евге́ньевич Ме́ньшиков, born 8 November 1960 in Serpukhov, Russia) is a Soviet and Russian entertainer. He is a film and theatre actor, singer and director. He started his film career in the early 1980s playing in the comedy Pokrovsky Gates and in the Nikita Mikhalkov film Kinfolk.

In 1993, Menshikov collaborated again with Mikhalkov in their most famous film, Burnt by the Sun. Portraying a manipulative and suicidal NKVD agent during Stalin's Great Purge, Menshikov's performance brought him to the attention of a wide international audience. The film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Menshikov appeared in Régis Wargnier's 1999 film East/West with Sandrine Bonnaire and Catherine Deneuve.

Menshikov played the hero of Mikhalkov's 1998 The Barber of Siberia, with Julia Ormond playing his mistress. He appeared as Erast Fandorin in the 2005 film The State Councilor. He filled the role of Ostap Bender in the 2006 Russian mini-series based on The Little Golden Calf.

He is comparable in range of roles to the Western actor Colin Firth.