A graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, an expert in the physics of fast molecular processes, and now the People's Artist of Russia Alexander Filippenko could have made a mistake with the choice of profession, if not for the institute KVN team. It was his student hobby that helped him understand that his profession should be associated with theatrical art.
Alexander Georgievich was born in 1944 in Moscow. Then the war was still going on, although everyone already understood that fascism would be defeated. And the country made plans for the future. Therefore, Alexander's parents as scientists were sent to Kazakhstan, to a mining and metallurgical plant.
The future actor spent his childhood in a beautiful city - Alma-Ata, the capital of Kazakhstan. He was an excellent student at school, graduated with a gold medal. In my free time, I went to a theater studio at the House of Pioneers and was so carried away by this business that I wanted to enter a theater university. However, his parents insisted on a more "earthly" choice, and Sasha went to study at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology as an engineer.
In Moscow, he found an outlet for himself in the KVN team, and then at the theater studio of Moscow State University. He helped stage short scenes, played various roles himself and, with his energy and enthusiasm, inspired friends to work. Filippenko's talent as an actor and director was so obvious that it was not clear to those around him what he was doing at a technical university.
However, as a young specialist, he was assigned to the Institute of Biochemistry and began working as an engineer. And then something happened that should have happened, no matter how strange it may seem: he was accepted into the collective of the Theater of Drama and Comedy. In the same year, he made his film debut - it was the film "I am his bride" (1969).
What was left to do? Torn between two professions or still choose one or the other? Filippenko decided to get the education of an actor, and entered the "Pike". After graduation, the future artist went to work at the Vakhtangov Theater, to which he gave 20 wonderful and creative years.
Around the same time, Alexander began working on television: he portrayed the clown Sanya in the children's program "ABVGDeyka".
After leaving the Vakhtangov Theater, Filippenko became the head of the Mono-Duet-Trio Theater. Here viewers can see concerts, various literary and musical shows, etc. of course, solo performances. In this theater, Filippenko managed to realize his talent as a pop artist.
The portfolio of the People's Artist of Filippenko includes more than a hundred different roles played in films and TV series. As critics say, this actor mostly has "characteristic" roles - he is so expressive and piercing in creating images and working in front of the camera.
He began to play in films in parallel with his work in the theater. His most significant roles during that period were the roles in the film "Walking the Torment" (1977) and the TV series "Born by the Revolution" (1974-1977). And in 1975 the main role came to the artist: he played Arslan Gubaidulin in the film "Treasure".
Work in the theater was interspersed with filming in films, and now the films "On the day of the holiday", "At the bottom" and "Morning detour" appeared in the actor's portfolio.
Moreover, both directors and colleagues were surprised by Filippenko's ability to transform into completely different characters. This psychological plasticity is characteristic only of truly professional actors.
For example, in the film "Who Will Pay for Luck" the actor played a counterintelligence agent, in the drama "The Throw" he created the image of a border guard. These are seemingly one-genre roles.
However, a year later he plays Koshchei the Immortal in the children's film "There, on unknown paths …" and appears in the role of Death in the tape "The Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta". He also has similar roles.
And these roles are followed by serious work again: roles in the military dramas "Battle for Moscow", "I did everything I could" and a particularly difficult role in the tape "Torpedo Bombers".
There are special roles in Filippenko's filmography, which were very responsible to play, because before him these images were created by great actors. And you had to bring something of your own into each image, and not fall into the dirt with your face, and correspond to those historical figures whom you portray. We are talking about the role of Fyodor Dostoevsky in the film "Sophia Kovalevskaya", the role of the King of England in "Black Arrow" and the role of Emperor Paul I in the film "Steps of the Emperor".
Also in the biography of Alexander Georgievich there is an interesting episode: he twice starred in the film "The Master and Margarita". Only in 1994 did he play Koroviev, and in 2005 - Azazello. And the first picture was shown much later than the second - only in 2011.
The beginning of the new century brought Filippenko a lot of work in the series that became popular in Russia. Here he played both comedic and serious roles - for example, in the TV series "Brezhnev" or in the TV series "Aziris Nuna".
One of the last works of the actor in the cinema is the series "Happy End" and "Peter the First. Will". Since then, Alexander Grigorievich gives all his time to the theater.
The first wife of Alexander Georgievich, Natalya, was the daughter of a politician, worked as a literary critic. After marriage, the couple lived for only three years, then divorced.
In this marriage, Filippenko has two children: daughter Maria and son Pavel. The children followed in the footsteps of their parents: the daughter became a philologist, works as a journalist, and the son became a musician, works in show business, he is known as Pasha "Pate", the leader of the hardcore group "F. A. Q." By the way, my father took part in the projects of the group. And Pavel learned to be a theater director.
Filippenko's second marriage happened in 1979, when he married the television director Marina Ishimbaeva. They have a daughter, Alexandra, she is engaged in sound engineering.