Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Armenian Artist- Mher Mkrtchyan

One of many statues in Armenia dedicated to Actor Mkrtchyan, this one is in Gyumri

Armenian Actor Mher Mkrtchyan


T. Sargsyan put flowers at M. Mkrtchyan’s statue
By Times.am at 28 December, 2010, 4:18 pm
Armenian great artist Mher Mkrtchyan died on December 29, 1993. Today, on the day of grand artist’s day, Armenian PM Tigran Sargsyan visited the Pantheon after Komitas and put flowers at Mher Mkrtchyan’s statue, press service of Armenian Government reports.
Remind, M. Mkrtchyan was born in Leninakan. He studied in Leninakan Art College and Theatre Studio, then finished at the Acting Department of Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre. Since 1953, he has performed in the Sundukyan Drama Theatre of Yerevan. He also directed many successful productions, best of them Maxim Gorky’s “The Lower Depths”. His cinema career began in 1955.
His famous roles in Rolan Bykov’s “Aybolit-66″ (1966), Leonid Gaidai’s “Kidnapping, Caucasian Style” (1966), and Georgi Daneliya’s “Mimino” (1977) earned him the reputation of one of the leading comedy actors in the Soviet Union. But that reputation sometimes overshadowed his real talent and emotional depth which he put into his roles in such classics of Armenian cinema as “Yerankyuni” (“Triangle”) (1967), “Menq enq, mer sarere” (“We, Our Mountains”) (1969) , “Hayrik” (“Father”) (1973), “Nahapet” (1977), “Hin oreri yerge” (“Old Days’ Song”) (1982), “Mer mankutyan tangon” (“Tango of Our Childhood”) (1985). Among his many awards was the USSR State Prize for 1978. He died in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1993.

Personal life and death Even though he was known as a comedic actor, Mkrtchyan's personal life was filled with tragedy. His first wife, Donara Mkrtchyan, became mentally ill and was sent to a mental institution for the rest of her life. Mkrtchyan became a single parent of two young children. His son inherited his mother’s mental illness. Thousands of people attended the funeral of their beloved actor.

Thirty Three (1965)
Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1966)
Mimino (1977)

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