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Nikolai Shevkunenko, Penza Drama Theater’s eldest actor, died

10:12 | 03.03.2015 | Society

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Penza, 3 March 2015. PenzaNews. Nikolai Shevkunenko, Distinguished Artist of Russia, the eldest actor of the Penza scene who gave 57 years of his life to the work at the Lunacharsky Drama Theater, has died on the 85th year of his life at 4 am of Tuesday, March 3, says the message published at the official website of the Drama Theater.

The actor had been suffering from an illness.

The date and place of the funeral are not yet known.

Nikolai (Nikiforovich) Shevkunenko was born on October 7, 1930, in Bryansk.

He graduated the Bryansk Theatrical College in 1949, studiet at MHAT studio in 1950-1953, and worked in theaters of Bryansk, Astrakhan and Orel. Since 1957, he worked at the Penza Lunacharsky Drama Theater.

From 1983 to 1992, he played in five films, and returned to Penza in 1998.

He played nearly 200 roles on the Penza scene, as well as such film roles as the innkeeper (“Semen Dezhnev,” 1983), Martyn (“Dikoe Pole,” 1990), The Hawk (“Thunder over Rus,” 1911), The Old Man (“Enchanting Aliens,” 1992), and others.

In 1976, Nikolai Shevkunenko was recognized as the Distinguished Artist of Russia. He was awarded the medal “For Excellent Labor To 100th Anniversary of Vladimir Lenin.” He was a veteran of labor, an excellent worker of cultural patronage over the USSR Army Force and the countryside.

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