Thursday, August 30, 2012

RIP Igor Kvasha

August 30, 2012 theater actor Igor Kvasha passes away.

Russian stage, radio, film and TV actor Igor Kvasha died in Moscow today August 30, 2012 at the age of 79.

Igor Kvasha was born in Moscow on February 3, 1933, the son of scientist Vladimir Ilich Kvasha, who worked at a faculty at the Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology. His mother, a teacher, worked in schools for the mentally disabled.

Kvasha graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School, where he was taught by Aleksander Karev. After graduation he joined the Moscow Art Theater troupe and performed there for two years (1955-1957). In 1957 he started work at the newly-established Sovremennik Theater, where he remained.

Igor appeared as the pastor in his only Euro-western "The Man from Boulevard Capucines" (1987).

Recently, the talented actor became a host for a remarkable TV talk show of the Russian TV First Channel “Zhdi menya” (“Wait for Me Russia”). Kvasha himself acknowledges that he has got where he is by accident. But he still had such vision an an open minded, spiritual man that he became the host of the show.

He was awarded the Order "For Services to the Fatherland" III degree (2006) for outstanding contribution to the development of theatre and many years of creative activity

Kvasha is survived by his wife, son and two grandchildren.

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