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Leonid Yarmolnik celebrates his anniversary

Russia, ( - Famous Russian theater and film actor, TV presenter and producer Leonid Yarmolnik celebrates his 70th birthday today.

Leonid Isaakovich Yarmolnik was born on January 22, 1954 in the village of Grodekovo (now an urban-type settlement Pogranichny) in the Primorsky Territory in the family of a military man. The boy's father was an officer in the Soviet Army, commander of a motorized rifle battalion, and Faina's mother was a laboratory assistant in a clinical laboratory.

In high school, Yarmolnik became seriously interested in acting and even entered the studio at the People's Theater. In 1971, he tried to enter the Leningrad Institute of Theater, Music and Cinema. However, the examiners did not accept Leonid due to incorrect pronunciation. A year later, Yarmolnik became a student at the Shchukin Theater School (now the Boris Shchukin Theater Institute). From 1976 to 1984 he worked as an actor at the Taganka Theater.

Yarmolnik made his film debut back in 1974 in the film “Your Rights,” directed by Inessa Selezneva. But the film, like Leonid’s acting talent, went unnoticed. Real fame and love from the audience came when Leonid Yarmolnik appeared in front of an audience of millions in the TV show “Around Laughter” in 1979.

In the early 80s, the artist was offered film roles with enviable consistency. It was during this period that he starred in such famous films as “Look for the Woman” (1982), “The Man from the Boulevard des Capucines” (1987), “The Frenchman” (1988), “Two Arrows” (1989).

In 1993, Leonid Yarmolnik, at the invitation of his friend Vladislav Listyev, came to television. He hosted the popular programs “L-Club”, “Gold Rush”, “Garage” and “Fort Boyard”. Leonid felt comfortable as a TV presenter, but continued to act in films, and also tried himself as a producer in the films “Moscow Holidays” (1995) and “Crossroads” (1998).

Leonid Yarmolnik received critical recognition for both his production and acting work. In 1995, he received the Golden Aries prize in the category Best Producer of the Year; in 2000, the artist was awarded the Nika Prize and the Russian State Prize in the field of cinema.

Leonid Yarmolnik refused the title of Honored Artist of Russia in 1994, and 10 years later - the title of People's Artist of Russia, which was planned to be awarded to him in connection with his 50th birthday. Yarmolnik argued the refusals by saying that “an artist should only have a name.” In one of his interviews, the actor said: “I’m not against titles, I’m against the fact that they have depreciated. They mean nothing to me. When, for example, they say “people’s artist,” then people’s artists for me are Yuri Vasilyevich Yakovlev, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Ulyanov, Evgeny Aleksandrovich Evstigneev. And now an artist should have two things that are his dignity and pride - a fee and the love of the audience. The artist does not need anything else."

Minsk occupies a large place in the life of Leonid Yarmolnik. Here he repeatedly worked in film projects. And the impressions about the work always remained only positive. In 2015, Leonid Yarmolnik held his first creative evening in Minsk. As a frequent guest in Belarus, Leonid Yarmolnik knows and feels that the viewer treats him with warmth and sympathy.

Leonid Yarmolnik celebrates his anniversary