Graduated School of Set Designing.
Since 1924 film actor and gave dramatic literature readings. Specializes in comedy and satire. Censured for excessive predilection for the grotesque and excentric “due to the influence of the formalistic management of the Theater of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic No.
1” (under Meyerhold). Best roles: a menshevik in “Misteriya buf” (Mystery-Bouffe). Prisypkin in Mayakovsky’s “Klop” (The Bug).
Schastlivtsev in Ostrovsky’s “Les” (The Forest). Rasplyuev in A. V. SukhovKobylin’s “Svadba Krechinskogo” (Krechinsky’s Wedding). Khlestakov and the Mayor in Gogol's “Revizor” (The Inspector-General).
Krutitsky in “Na vsyakogo mudretsa dovolno prostoty” (Enough Simplicity in Every Wise Man). Murzavetsky in “Volki i ovtsy” (Wolves and Sheep). Yusov in Ostrovsky’s “Dokhodnoe mesto” (A Lucrative Post).
Akim in L. N. Tolstoy's “Vlast tmy” (The Power of Darkness). Opiskin in “Selo Stepanchikovo” (Stepanchikovo Village), after Dostoyevsky. Chesnok and Gavril in A. Ye.
Korneychuk’s “Stepi Ukrainy" (Steppes of the Ukraine) and “Bogdan Khmelnitsky”. Shibaev in V. V. Vishnevsky’s “Nezabyvaemy 1919” (Unforgettable 1919). The tragi-comic Shmag in Ostrovsky’s “Bez viny vinovatye” (Guilty Without Guilt).
Film roles: Petelkin in “Zakroyshchik iz Torzhka” (The Cutter from Torzhek). The unlucky thief in “Protsess о trekh millionakh” (The Trial of Three Million). Byvalov in “Volga-Volga”.
Ogurtsov in "Karnavalnaya noch” (Carnival Night), and many others. 1917-1920 at Novy Theater under F. F. Komissarzhevsky. 1920-1938 at Theater of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic No.
1 under Meyerhold’s artistic direction, then at Meyerhold’s Theater, etc.