Zhizhikin Igor Vitalievich is a Russian actor and producer who has received recognition not only in Russia, but also abroad. Charismatic, talented, purposeful, who managed to achieve popularity. In his arsenal of work with such eminent directors and actors as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Wedge Eastwood.
Zhizhikin Igor Vitalievich: biography
The native Muscovite Igor Zhizhikin was born in October 1965. His father, V. S. Zhizhikin, was the head of the postal department of the USSR Ministry of Communications, and his mother, G. M. Zhizhikin, worked as an employee of the research institute. 12 years later, another child appeared in the family - Igor's younger sister Ekaterina.
As a child, Igor was fond of sports and was not much different from his peers. After school, he entered the Moscow College of Communications. V. N. Podbelsky. After graduation, the young man planned to continue his studies at the Moscow Institute of Communications, but 1983 changed plans - in the fall he was drafted into the army. There he met with the circus workers, who served with him. Igor was so fascinated by his hobby for acrobatics and aerial gymnastics that after the army he decided to continue his studies at the Moscow Institute of Physical Culture.
In 1985 he began working in a circus and at the same time combining distance learning at the institute.
At the beginning of the circus path, Igor worked as a handyman, then he chose the role for himself - an air gymnast. In 1989, together with the circus troupe, he went on tour to America. Life on the other side of the ocean seemed to young people so bright and eventful, in comparison with Moscow during perestroika, that many, including Igor, decided to stay in America.
At first, Igor lived in Las Vegas, worked as a janitor. Money was sorely lacking, I had to live in cheap hostels and sometimes even spend the night on the street. But there were no thoughts to return to Russia.
After going to the auditions, the producer of the musical "Enter the Night" noticed the young circus performer. A small role meant only beautiful walking on the stage and performing small acrobatic acts. But a start was made. As a result, six months later, Igor was offered the main role in the production of Samson and Delilah. Thanks to his typical appearance, excellent physical characteristics and brilliant acting, Igor Zhilin in the role of Samson became a real star of Las Vegas.
There was no end to new proposals. In 1995, the world-famous circus Du Soleli invited Igor to join his troupe, where he worked as an aerialist for three years.
This was followed by a small role in the movie "Dark Star" by Michael Tristano. The debut role brought a new wave of success. Igor began to be invited to shoot commercials, as a model. He starred for such famous brands as LEVI'S, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, Dunhill.
In 1998, Igor entered the theater school of the American state of Nevada. In 2000, after successful training, he received an offer to shoot in the films "Spy" and "Bloody Job". From 2002 to 2007, Igor has successfully starred in dozens of films. In 2008, the actor received an offer to star in the cult sequel to the film about the adventures of Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, where Igor Zhilin played Colonel Dovchenko, is a resounding success.
After the release of the picture, Igor Zhilin becomes famous. In 2009 he co-starred with Steven Seagal in the action movie Ruslan, and in 2010 with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the adventure movie The Tourist. This is followed by roles in the films "Chuck", "The Defender", "Politicians", "Hunter Killer".
Career in Russia
Since 2002, Igor Zhilin began acting in Russian cinema. On his account there are many brilliant works. He played in the television series "Spetsnaz in Russian", "Destructive Force", "Major", "Murka", as well as in the feature films "8 First Dates", "Wii", "Island", "Love in the Big City 3" and other pictures.
Zhizhikin Igor Vitalievich: personal life
Igor Zhizhikin officially married four times. The first marriage was of a fictitious nature and was concluded in order to obtain US citizenship. The second wife of the actor was an American woman with whom he lived for a short time - the difference in mentality affected.
Natalia became Igor's third wife. The marriage lasted 8 years. After the divorce, Igor maintained friendly relations with his ex-wife.
In 2016, Igor Zhizhikin began dating Olesya Romashkina. The actor hopes that he will have children in marriage with Olesya.