Vasily Makarov is a Soviet film and theater actor. He bears the title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR, is a laureate of the Stalin Prize. The artist was awarded the medal "For Valiant Labor during the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".
Vasily Ivanovich was born in the village of the Tomsk province of Skala on December 30 in 1913 (January 12, 1014). In a family of peasant fishermen, the child became the firstborn. All childhood and adolescence of the future celebrity passed on the high Ob bank in amazingly beautiful places. Vasily treated his parents, sisters and brother with great respect, was proud of his family.
The path to recognition
Outwardly, he grew up very much like his mother. Agafya Ivanovna was a stately and beautiful woman. She was also distinguished by hard work, wisdom and restraint. Father, Ivan Nikolaevich, was distinguished by considerable artistry.
Grandpa was a real treasure trove of humor. This talent was surrendered from him and to his father. His grandson Vasily inherited it. Makarov was not deprived of talents. He played the guitar and the harmonica well, although he did not learn it on purpose, copied other people remarkably, and was distinguished by his wit.
The boy showed creativity from childhood. Fate brought him to the theater studio at the Youth Theater in Novosibirsk. He came to the theater with friends. One of them, Alexei Sorokin, will become the leading dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. He kept his friendship with Makarov for life.
Elizaveta Golovinskaya and Nikolai Mikhailov became the teachers of the aspiring artist at the Youth Theater. Vasily Ivanovich always thanked them for their work. The artist played a lot. Favorite heroes were Pavel Korchagin, Truffaldino from "Servant of Two Masters", twins from "Comedy of Errors". The roles of the actor were diverse.
In 1945, one of the youngest actors in the province, Makarov, was awarded the high title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR. On December 9 he was awarded the medal "For Valiant Labor during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945".
In 1946 an invitation came to the Moscow Art Theater. The meeting and the opportunity to work with the artists of the classical school became an excellent school for the performer. Such luminaries as Olga Knipper-Chekhova, Boris Dobronravov, Livanov, Gribov, Toporkov, Prudkin played and communicated with him.
After the premiere of the production of Days and Nights, Vasily Ivanovich became friends for life and became friends with Konstantin Sinitsyn. On the Moscow Art Theater stage, Makarov played three main roles. The Order of the Badge of Honor and the Stalin Prize were recognized for his talent. However, he had to leave his favorite theater.
Proposals to the artist were made by three leading collectives of the capital. Maly, Dramatichesky, and the theater of the Soviet Army were interested in it. Makarov chose the last option.
He reasoned that the further improvement of talent would go much better under the guidance of the outstanding director Alexei Popov. Makarov became the leading performer. Performances with his participation went every day.
The characters in all of Vasily Ivanovich were the main ones. Basically, he got social personalities. He played revolutionaries, the military. For his work in the play 1949 "Green Street" the actor was awarded the Stalin Prize. The repertoire was largely determined by the name of the theater.
Vasily Ivanovich admitted that the heroes played in the capital were too similar and were of little interest to him as an actor. The characters offered in Novosibirsk became much more difficult for him.
The actor's favorite playwright was Chekhov. He always took up a volume of a classic and re-read his works with pleasure. Makarov loved cinema, but as a spectator. There, the artist could laugh and cry. The actor's attitude to the new art form was uncertain.
Vasily Ivanovich remained a theatrical performer. For him there was nothing more pleasant than a brilliantly played performance. A lot of interesting and big roles were offered to the performer in the cinema. However, the management did not let the artist go to shoot, since the troupe was left without a leading actor.
The most notable film work in 1956 was the film "The Immortal Garrison". The picture told about the defenders of the Brest Fortress. The theater gave the go-ahead to take part in the filming, as the screenwriter Simonov did everything in his power to make Makarov play Commissar Baturin, the main character.
The playwright in this role could not imagine any other performer. Vasily Ivanovich had a chance to work with Valentina Serova and Nikolai Kryuchkov. The image he created on the screen once again proved that the artist is able to convey both the inner stamina and the heroism of the defender of the Baturin fortress.
Life outside of cinema and stage
Makarov's personal life was also developing happily. Relations with his wife Asya Berezovskaya and daughter Natalya were excellent. The famous actor was a domestic person.
He tried to stay at home on weekends, talked about nature, literature, theater. Makarov used the time allotted to him by fate with maximum benefit to make a feasible contribution to the development of the domestic art of cinema and theater.
Since 1957, he starred in the films Botagoz, The Living and the Dead, Leap Year, Barrier of Unknown, Russian Forest, Height. The performer had a sincere friendship with the artist Peter Aleinikov.
He even replaced Makarov on the set of Precious Grains. Then Vasily Ivanovich was urgently recalled to the theater. Aleinikov played instead of him the combine operator Yashka. Makarov's possible film debut did not take place, but he did not hide resentment against his friend. Together with their families, both artists spent more than one vacation together.
Vasily Ivanovich died in 1964, on February 29. In his honor, a street is named, the only one in the Novosibirsk region, in the native village of the performer