Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov is turning 50 this year. By his fiftieth anniversary Vladimir can be proud of his achievements – from the simple Siberian guy to sex symbol of Russia to the Hollywood actor. Vladimir Lvovich Mashkov was born on November 27, 1963. He grew up in an artistic family, and his childhood Vladimir spent in a Siberian city of Novokuznetsk. Mother Natalia was a director of Novokuznetsk puppet theater, his father Lev worked as an actor at the same theater. To learn the basics of the profession Vladimir began in his hometown, but was expelled from the institute for a fight. Then he went to Moscow and filed documents to GITIS, where he was not accepted for his “not cinematographic” appearance.
Biography of Vladimir Mashkov
Nevertheless, Vladimir became a student of the Moscow Art Theater School. Student’s violent temper was the reason that he was often suspended from school. However, a rebel and a bully was incredibly talented. Well known Russian director Oleg Tabakov started teaching him. The future sex symbol of Russia first appeared in 1994 film “Limita”, directed by Denis Evstigneev. On the theater stage 24 -year-old Mashkov played elderly Jew – alcoholic Abraham Schwartz, in the play “Sailor’s Silence”, directed by Oleg Tabakov.
According to Oleg Tabakov, handsome actor with brutal appearance Mashkov has tender and vulnerable soul. The real fame hit the actor after the movie “Thief” (1997). The film was rolled across the whole world, from America to Japan, and the creators were literally poured with rain of gold awards at international film festivals. Even the though hero – a thief and a criminal, but the power of his masculine charm was so great that Mashkov was nominated for “Oscar” and “Golden Globe”. And although he did not get statuettes, Hollywood noticed him. To miss a chance was impossible, and Vladimir went to conquer the dream factory. The roles for overseas actor were small (mostly immigrants from Eastern Europe), but his dream to play in Hollywood came true! Nastassja Kinski, Derriel Hanna, Robert De Niro were his partners.
The hot southern blood transmitted to Vladimir Mashkov from his Italian grandmother. Although he grew up under a different sky, genetics made it itself. Of course, Vladimir Mashkov is a favorite of women. The actor has four marriages and four divorces behind, but no detailed interviews, no commentary. No high-profile sex scandals and gossip about him, either. Personal life remains personal.
The first wife of Vladimir Mashkov – actress Elena Shevchenko, his classmate during their studies at the Novosibirsk Theater School. The couple has a daughter – actress Maria Mashkova.
Mashkov’s second wife was a theater actress Alena Khovanskaya, a marriage lasted nearly eight years.
The third time the actor married Xenia Terentyeva, daughter of a famous Russian actress Nonna Terentyeva. They met at a film festival in Sochi. Xenia helped Vladimir learn English before going to Hollywood, but refused to live with him in the United States, and that was the reason for their divorce after four years of marriage. Vladimir Mashkov and Xenia Terentyeva were married officially, and in the Catholic Church. Now they are going to marry again, and that is the fifth marriage for Vladimir.
For the fourth time Mashkov married glamorous brunette, actress Oksana Shelest. They met on the set of the movie “Let’s do it in a hurry!”. Three years after the wedding, they decided to part ways – Oksana stayed in America, and Vladimir returned to Russia.
The movie list of Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov:
- The Goat’s Green Fire (1989)
- Ha-bi-assy (1990)
- Do It Once! (1990)
- Love at the Death Island (1991)
- Alaska, Sir! (1992)
- Me Ivan, You Abraham (1993)
- Limita (1994)
- Katya Ismailova (1994)
- American Daughter (1995)
- Cabbages and Kings (1996) (voice)
- Night before Christmas (1997) (voice, Devil)
- The Thief (1997)
- Sympathy Seeker (1997)
- Composition for Victory Day (1998)
- Two Moons, Three Suns (1998)
- Mommy (1999)
- The Captain’s Daughter (2000)
- Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
- 15 Minutes (2001)
- An American Rhapsody (2001)
- The Quickie (2001)
- Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
- Oligarch (2002)
- Papa (2004)
- The State Counselor (2005)
- Piranha (2006)
- Piter FM (2006)
- The Ghost (2008)
- Kandagar (2010)
- The Edge (2010)
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
- Rasputin (2013) Vladimir Mashkov as Nicholas II
- 1994 San Raphael Russian Cinema Festival Blue Sail Award for Limita (1994)
- 1994 Sochi Open Russian Film Festival Best Actor Award for Limita (1994)
- 1995 Geneva Film Festival International Jury Prize for Limita (1994)
- 1995 Geneva Film Festival Youth Jury Award for Limita (1994)
- 1997 Open CIS and Baltic Film Festival Best Actor Award for The Thief (1997)
- 1997 Sozvezdie Best Actor Award for The Thief (1997)
- 1998 Nika Awards Best Actor Award for The Thief (1997)
- 2001 23rd Moscow International Film Festival Silver St. George Best Actor Award for The Quickie (2001)
- 2004 26th Moscow International Film Festival Audience Award for Papa (2004)