Andrej Mironov (Menaker) - biography
Andrei Alexandrovich Mironov (Russian: Андре́й Алекса́ндрович Миро́нов), (8 March 1941 – 16 August 1987) was a Soviet theatre and film actor who played lead roles in some of the most popular Soviet films, such as The Diamond Arm, Beware of the Car and Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia. Mironov was also a popular singer. Andrei Mironov's parents Alexander Menaker and Maria Vladimirovna Mironova were known nationwide as a comedic duo.
Mironov studied in the Vakhtangov Theatre School during the early 1950s. From 1958–1962 he studied acting at the Moscow Shchukin School. From 18 June 1962 to 1987 Mironov was a permanent member of the trope at the Moscow Theatre of Satire. In 1961, he acted in his first film, What If This Is Love? On 18 December 1980 he was awarded the title of People's Artist of the RSFSR.
Andrei Mironov is known and loved for his roles in films made by Eldar Ryazanov, Leonid Gaidai, Mark Zakharov, and other directors. He had a wide comedic range and played diverse roles (e.g. a Soviet bureaucrat, Figaro, a romantic spy, a member of the Russian intelligentsia, a con man, an American movie pioneer, a tale-teller, etc.).
On one of his tours through Latvia in 1987, he lost consciousness while performing the lead role in The Marriage of Figaro. He was driven to a hospital where two days later he was pronounced dead on 16 August, only nine days after the passing of his close friend and frequent co-star Anatoli Papanov. The cause of his death was excessive internal bleeding due a bursting of a congenital cerebral aneurysm.
Andrei Mironov was married twice. First to Yekaterina Gradova, with whom he had one daughter, Maria Mironova, and second to Larisa Golubkina, a singer and actress best known for her role of the hussar maiden in Hussar Ballad. Maria Mironova and his adopted daughter Maria Golubkina (from his marriage with Larisa) had successful careers in Russian cinema.
A minor planet 3624 Mironov, discovered by Soviet astronomers Lyudmila Georgievna Karachkina and Lyudmila Zhuravlyova in 1982 is named after him.