Donatas Yuosovich Banionis was born on April 28, 1924 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Banionis began his career with some films in Lithuania, but he would later play mainly in Russian language films. He has also worked outside the U.S.S.R. like in the title role Goya of the USSR-GDR coproduction “Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis” (1971), directed by Konrad Wolf and in the title role as Beethoven in the 1976 DEFA-production “Beethoven - Tage aus einem Leben”. He is best known in the West for his performance in the lead role of Tarkovsky's “Solaris” as Kris Kelvin. Donatas appeared in one Euro-western as Gabriel Conroy in “Armed and Dangerous” (1977).
Today we celelbrate Donatas Banionis’s 90th birthday.