Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk
Sergei Bondarchuk, USSR Film director, actor.
Bondarchuk, Sergei was born on September 25, 1920 in the village of Belozerka, Odessa Oblast’.
Studied under Sergei Gerasimov. Graduated in 1948.
Attended a theatrical school in Rostov-on-Don before the war. In 1946 entered the actor’s faculty of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (State Film School) as a third-year student. First effort as a director was The Fate of a Man produced by Mosfilm in 1959.
Became known as a director for his adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. He himself played the part of Pierre Bezukhov. The original 16- hour version was re-edited and sold all over the world.
Directed Waterloo, 1970, for Dino De Laurentis in which he also played a part. Other films: They Fought For Their Motherland, The Steppe (Chekhov adaptation). Acted in Othello (1955), Serezha (1960), Roberto Rosselini’s It Was One Night in Rome (1960), Uncle Vania (1970).