Donatas Iuozovich Banionis
Donatas Banionis, USSR Film actor.
Banionis, Donatas was born on April 28, 1924.
Studied under the director Miltinis, a pupil of Charles Dullen.
At the age of 14 joined the theatre of
the Lithuanian town of Panavezhis. Became an actor at the same theatre in 1941. Worked mainly with the leading Lithuanian director Zhalakiavichius.
First film of note was No One Wanted to Die (1966 by Zhalakiavichius) with which he won a prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Became known as the Duke of Albany in Grigorii Kozintsev’s King Lear. Played Kris Kelvin in Andrei Tarkovskii’s Solaris.
Other films: The Red Tent (director M. Kalatozov, Mosfilm, 1969), Goya (Konrad Wolf, Soviet-GDR coproduction, 1972), Captain Jack (Riga Film Studios, 1973). Winner of a USSR State Prize in 1974.