Oleg Menshikov: personal life (wife, children)


Name: Oleg Menshikov

Middle name: Evgenyevich

Birthday: November 8 1960 (59 years old)

Place of Birth: Serpukhov

Height: 178 cm

Weight: 78 kg

Eastern horoscope: Rat

Career: Russian actors 171 place

Photo: Oleg Menshikov


Oleg Menshikov embodied such famous personalities on the stage as Sergei Yesenin and Vaclav Nizhinsky, Caligula and Robespierre. He is removed only where he likes, his filmography is considered to be an indicator of quality - there are no passing pictures. For Vanessa Redgrave, the actor is the diamond of Russian cinema, and for Swiss advertisers, the most elegant and intelligent Russian.

Personal life of Oleg Menshikov

Rumors about Menshikov’s non-traditional sexual orientation can be eliminated immediately if you get to know his personal life more closely - during his studies at a theater university he was one of the most outstanding students whom classmates did not ignore. Oleg always knew how to communicate with girls, and many even called him a ladies man. In his student years, the future star of domestic cinema had a stormy romance with a classmate - Menshikov fell in love with Victoria Sorokin, she reciprocated, but two years later they had to leave - to continue her career, Vika left for London, and so she stayed there.

A few years later they met - Oleg Evgenievich was on tour in England, and Victoria came to his performance, in whose soul, as it turned out, passionate feelings for Menshikov were preserved. Sorokina admitted that she was ready to give up everything to be with Oleg, but he no longer needed it.

In the personal life of Oleg Menshikov, by that time there were already other novels and other women. Nevertheless, gossip associated with his gay and bisexuality arose periodically, but this did not prevent the actor from being a favorite of the fair sex.

Movie career

When Oleg was 19 years old, while still a student at the school, he first played in a movie, with the main role being Shurk Domok in the military drama directed by Suren Shahbazyan, “I Wait and Hope”. Then he was noticed by the director Roman Balayan for the role of an assertive, arrogant and self-confident Sinitsin in the drama “Flying in a Dream and Waking”.

About 15 actors claimed for the role of Kostik from Pokrovsky Gate, which made Oleg Menshikov a favorite among the people. But not one of the artists “hooked” the director Mikhail Kozakov. Fortunately, the then wife of the director Regina Bykova remembered the guy whom she saw in the film “I am waiting and I hope”. His search began, and found on the set of the film "Relatives" by Nikita Mikhalkov.

After this successful work, many directors had a desire to continue working with him, therefore, during this period he was actively filming. The actor even had a year when he was offered 70 scripts, but then he did not choose anything:

“I was considered crazy because I was offered to act in films, but I refuse. But I can’t organically, for me it’s unnatural to do what I don’t like. ”

Director Svetlana Druzhinina invited Oleg Menshikov to play in the adventure film “Midshipmen, Come On!” As the midshipman Alexander Belov, but the actor refused. The picture was shot, but after a while, Svetlana Sergeyevna called him and asked him to extend the role, at least on the dubbing, because Sergey Zhigunov failed her. And Menshikov helped out.

In 1989, the play of Albert Camus “Caligula” fell into the hands of Oleg Evgenievich and the artist fell ill with it. Then he learned that at the same time, theater director Pyotr Naumovich Fomenko was rehearsing this play at the Mossovet Theater. The director rehearsed with several actors until he found the right one - Oleg Menshikov.

“I really loved this role, I felt this holiday. It was one hundred percent success! ”

Work in london

In 1991, Vanessa Redgrave, an actress of the Globe Theater (London), visited Moscow with director Robert Alan Ackerman and the author of the play When She Danced, Martin Sherman: they were looking for a Russian actor to play the role of poet Yesenin. Vanessa was supposed to play Isadora Duncan. Friends of the actors advised them to see Oleg Menshikov. And when they saw him in Caligula, they realized that this is the very actor who is needed. For this role, the actor was awarded the Laurence Olivier Prize.

In the capital of "Foggy Albion" Oleg Menshikov managed to play in another theater - "Triisekl". Here the director Dalia Ibelgauptaite staged "Players" by N.V. Gogol. Oleg Evgenievich was invited to the role of a card cheater Ikharev.

Menshikov brought the diaries of Nezhinsky from London (an emigrant from Russia handed them to him) and decided to stage a play on them. This is how the legendary play “N” / “Nezhinsky” appeared, in which Oleg Evgenievich played the main role.

In the early and mid-1990s, when troubled times came for Russian cinema, the actor starred in only a few films: “Pit”, “Duba-Duba” and “Burnt by the Sun”. The last film received an Academy Award from the Academy Award, and Menshikov won several awards for his role in this film. As well as for the drama by Sergei Bodrov Sr. "The Caucasian Captive", released in 1996.

In 1995, the actor organized the entreprise theater Theater Partnership 814. Then the spectacular performances “Woe from Wit” and “Players” came out. The critics' reaction to these performances was mixed, but mostly abusive.

In 1998, for the role of the cadet Andrei Tolstoy in the picture of the same Mikhalkov, “The Siberian Barber,” Menshikov received the State Prize of Russia.

In 2006, the 8-episode film "Golden Calf" was released on television on Channel One, where Oleg Evgenievich played the role of Ostap Bender. Then Sergey Yursky - Bender from the first Golden Calf (1968) - said that the film was of no artistic value, and director Tatyana Lioznova spoke poorly about Menshikov himself, saying that he was the worst of the Ostapovs.

After a long break in 2008, Menshikov presented on the stage of the Mossovet Theater a solo performance based on the Italian play by Alessandro Barikko “1900” at the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival.

Actors Artyom Tkachenko, Oleg Menshikov and Alexander Petrov at the premiere of the film “Gogol. Start"

The actor has the ability to create images in which there is nothing at all from Menshikov, for example, the picture “Legend No. 17” (2013) about hockey player Valery Kharlamov. Oleg Evgenievich quite reliably played there the great hockey coach - Anatoly Vladimirovich Tarasov, although outwardly the artist absolutely does not look like a hero. The daughter of Anatoly Vladimirovich, figure skating coach Tatyana Anatolyevna Tarasova, was so impressed with the game that she expressed gratitude to Menshikov. The actor himself says so about this role:

“I like this work so much. I believe that this is one of my best works. "

Despite the fact that Menshikov was a staunch opponent of the repertoire theater, he still came to Vladimir Alekseevich Andreev, the then artistic director of the Moscow Drama Theater. M. N. Ermolova, and proposed his concept of development of this theater. Andreev accepted her, and after some time, in 2012, Oleg Evgenievich became a artistic director, and Vladimir Alekseevich was renamed the president of the theater.

After Menshikov began to lead the theater, he did not stop acting in films. In 2017 and 2018, two parts of Gogol and Gravity were released. In addition, he created his YouTube channel, where he interviews popular people: Danila Kozlovsky, Alla Pugacheva, Slava Polunin.

Interesting fact

  1. In 2001, the actor signed a cooperation agreement with the very famous Swiss watch company Longines. For two years, the actor advertised watches of this company, just as famous people did at different times: Audrey Hepburn, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Andre Agassi, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Ingeborg Dapkunaite, Billy Zane.
  2. Once the master of domestic cinema, actor and director Rolan Bykov told a young student Oleg Menshikov:

"You will never be an artist because you are too cheerful."


1980 - "I wait and hope"
1981 - "Relatives"
1982 - Pokrovsky Gate
1982 - "Flying in a dream and in reality"
1983 - The Kiss
1984 - Obstacle Course
1984 - "Captain Thracass"
1985 - Volodya the Great, Volodya the Little
1986 - "My Favorite Clown"
1986 - "On the main street with the orchestra"
1986 - Mikhailo Lomonosov
1987 - Moonsund
1988 - Champagne Spray
1989 - "Life at a Limit"
1989 - The Staircase
1990 - The Pit
1992 - Duba-Duba
1994 - Burnt by the Sun
1996 - The Caucasian Prisoner
1998 - The Siberian Barber
1999 - East-West
1999 - Mom
2003 - “Principal Suspect 6: The Last Witness”
2005 - State Counselor
2006 - The Golden Calf
2006 - Doctor Zhivago
2010 - Burnt by the Sun 2: Ahead
2010 - “What Men Talk About”
2011 - Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel
2011 - Burnt by the Sun 2 (Televersion)
2013 - “Legend No. 17”
2017 - “Attraction”
2017 - “Gogol. Start"
2018 - Gogol. Terrible revenge
2019 - Attraction 2

Central Theater of the Soviet Army

  • 1981 - “Clock without hands,” according to the novel by B. L. Rachmanin. Directors: Yu. I. Eremin, N. PetrovaVasyukov
  • 1981 - “Forest” by A. N. Ostrovsky. Producer: V. Ya. MotylAlexey Bulanov
  • 1983 - "The Idiot" based on the novel by F. M. Dostoevsky. Producer: Yu. I. EreminGanya Ivolgin
  • 1985 - “Private” A. A. Dudarev. Producer: Yu. I. EreminLenka - "Dandelion"

Moscow Drama Theater named after M.N. Ermolova

  • 1985 - Speak! Dramatization A. Buravsky according to the essays by V.V. Ovechkin “District weekdays”. Producer: V.V. FokinSecretary
  • 1986 - "Sports Scenes of 1981" based on the play by E. S. Radzinsky. Producer: V.V. FokinSeryozha
  • 1988 - “The Second Year of Freedom” based on the play by A. M. Buravsky. Producer: V.V. FokinRobespierre


After the birth of a son, the family was allocated a "Khrushchev" near the Kashirsky highway. Here, in the south of the capital, in the Kolomensky district, the actor’s childhood and early youth passed. In 1967, he went to first grade of comprehensive school No. 866, at whose desks he diligently sat for all 10 years. He studied well, he was not an excellent student, but a heightened pride could not allow him to grab the three. In parallel, he attended a music school (violin class).

A classmate of the actor Maria Koposova recalled that from the first years of study, all the girls in the class were unconditionally in love with Oleg. He was handsome, polite, witty and always neat, could surprise with some kind of musical improvisation. However, he was very touchy and, although he treated everyone with sympathy, he behaved with restraint. For example, when a girl was put at his desk in elementary school, he drew a line in the middle with a chalk and made sure that her neighbor did not cross her.

Student Years

Menshikov's talent as an actor was seen in the ninth grade. Together with his parents, a young man came to the wedding of a girl whose mother was a costume designer at the Maly Theater. At the celebration, he seemed to have turned into a man orchestra: he played the piano, accompanied by dancers and singers. Among the guests was a teacher at the Higher Theater School named after Schepkin Vladimir Monakhov. He constantly watched the boy, and at the end of the evening invited Oleg to audition.

Menshikov introduced Alexander Pushkin to the teacher, “Desires of Glory”. “Of course, it was imperfect, and where did perfection come from at his age? But the main thing was that in these minutes I saw Oleg himself becoming a poet. I realized that he was gifted with acting. And gifted extraordinary. He reminded me of Gerard Philip, the great romantic, prince of the French scene and screen. "- Monks recalled.

When in 1977 Menshikov received a school certificate, the question "Who to be?" Did not stand before him. He submitted documents to Sliver and entered the first time. He was enrolled in the course of the rector of the school, Nikolai Afonin. Attention to a talented boy was riveted from the first year. Oleg with classmates constantly created various humorous numbers, and student skits with Menshikov in the school were remembered for many years. Subtle humor and observation of the young actor helped to realize on the stage amusing events from the life of the university.

At the graduation course, Oleg Menshikov played in the play "Invasion", which was staged by Nikolai Agafonov. Moreover, the main role was written specifically for Oleg, but he himself asked for a secondary character. “He played a swaggering, dull, self-confident officer with secret irony, and very precisely according to the drawing,” the director of the play recalled, “As a result, Oleg created a masterpiece. Even then I was not afraid of this word, noting its work, and now I am boldly repeating. The whole school came running to see Menshikov as Werner, it was so interesting to watch him. ”

Other theater projects

  • 1991 - “When She Danced,” based on a play by Martin Sherman. Producer: Robert Alan AckermanSergey Yesenin (Globe Theater, London). Lawrence Olivier Prize of the British Academy of Theater Arts, “for outstanding performance of a supporting role”, 1992
  • 1992 - The Players N.V. Gogol. Producer: Dahlia IbelgauptaiteIkharev (TriSecle Theater, London)
  • 1993 - “N” / “Nizhinsky”, based on the diaries of V. Nizhinsky, the author of the dramatic basis A. A. Burykin - Nizhinsky (Theater Agency "BOGIS")
  • 1994 - When She Danced, based on the play Martin Sherman. Producer: Patrice KerbraSergey Yesenin (Comedy Theater on the Champs Elysees, Paris)
  • 2008 - “1900” solo performance based on the novel by Alessandro Baricco. Directors: O. Menshikov et al. ("The Theater Society of O. Menshikov") - Trumpeter, friend of Novecento

"The Pokrovsky Gate"

It is interesting that at this time Menshikov was approved for the role in the film "Private Life" by Yulia Raizman, but the directors agreed that Menshikov would still remain in the "Pokrovsky Gates".

The film was shot based on the play of the same name by Leonid Zorin - an autobiographical play, but even the most meticulous viewer did not find a single gap between the author and the hero Menshikov. For a long time after the premiere, Oleg was perceived solely as Kostya, personifying the carefree spirit of youth. And today this image is considered by many to be one of the most successful in the filmography of Menshikov.

Theatrical career was also successful at this time. Menshikov played one of the most prominent roles - Ganechka in The Idiot, in 1985 left the Theater of the Soviet Army, then worked at the Yermolova Theater, where he moved with Tatyana Dogileva and Alexander Baluev.

Oleg Menshikov was never afraid of complex material, but his mood was broken by the theater director Valery Fokin. Soon after the troubles with the production of Invitation to Execution according to Nabokov (Menshikov, eager to play Cincinnatus, refused the role of Pierre and, as a result, did not participate in the play at all), the actor left the theater and broke off relations with his former colleagues. Later he moved to the theater. Moscow City Council, where he was engaged in the production of Caligula (1990).


In the movie, the actor starred less often. He carefully selected both the roles themselves and the directors, so that each of his new work became an event. It was he who, according to many critics, stretched the picture “Duba-Duba” by Alexander Hwan (1992) - the tape was even nominated for the golden palm branch of the Cannes Film Festival.

Two years later, Menshikov played one of his most powerful roles - Mitya in Nikita Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun, a former intellectual, then a soldier, an involuntary immigrant, a participant in the white movement and, finally, the NKVDshnik who came to arrest Sergei Kotov.

The film with the participation of Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, the 7-year-old daughter of the director Nadia, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Vyacheslav Tikhonov and a whole galaxy of other wonderful actors was awarded the Oscar as the best film in a foreign language.

Following is another indisputable success: ensign Sasha Kostylin from the "Prisoner of the Caucasus" Sergei Bodrov, a modern adaptation of the story of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Together with his colleague Ivan Zhilin (Sergey Bodrov Jr.), he is captured by the Chechen. The film received nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes, and the director and key actors were awarded the Nika Prize (in all, the tape collected 5 Nika figurines from seven nominations), and Bodrov and Menshikov received the Kinotavr prize in the Best male role. "

Theatrical Company 814

  • 1998 - “Woe from Wit” A. S. Griboedova. Producer: Oleg MenshikovChatsky
  • 2000 - “Kitchen”, based on the play by M. A. Kurochkin. Producer: Oleg MenshikovGunther
  • 2001 - "Players" N.V. Gogol. Producer: Oleg MenshikovComforting

Theater Director

  • 1998 - “Woe from Wit,” based on the play by Alexander Griboedov / “Theater Partnership 814”
  • 2000 - “Kitchen”, based on the play by Maxim Kurochkin / “Theater Partnership 814”
  • 2001 - “Players”, based on the play by N. V. Gogol / “Theater Partnership 814”
  • 2008 - “1900”, solo performance based on the novel by Alessandro Baricco, dir. O. Menshikov et al. / “Theater Association of O. Menshikov”
  • 2011 - “Orchestra of Dreams. Copper "/ Yermolova Theater
  • 2016 - “Lucky” based on the play “Extasy rave” by Constance Dennig translated and staged by Valery Pecheikin / Ermolova Theater


  • 1984 - Parting - driver Veniamin Cherepanov
  • 1985 - Single swimming - Danilov, sailor
  • 1985 - Scheduled train - Vlad
  • 1986 - The Legend of Salieri - Mozart
  • 1987 - Midshipmen, go ahead! - Alexander Belov, midshipman
  • 1988 - Dear Elena Sergeevna - Volodya
  • 2011 - I am afraid that they will stop loving me. Andrey Mironov - voice behind the scene


▪ Silver medal named after A.P. Dovzhenko for the movie "Moonzund" (1988)
▪ Prize and diploma of the Moscow Seasons Theater Festival for the leading role in the play Caligula A. Camus, staged by Pyotr Fomenko, theater named after Moscow City Council (1990)
▪ Lawrence Olivier Prize of the London Theater Society (SOLT) in the nomination “Best Supporting Actor” for his role in the play “When She Danced” by M. Sherman, “Shakespeare's Globe Theater” (1992)
▪ State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of film and television for the creative team of the film “Burnt by the Sun” (1995)
▪ Professional Award “Green Apple - Golden Leaf” for Best Actor (1995)
▪ Film Press Prize in the nomination “Best Actor of the Year” (1995)
▪ National cinema award "Nika" in the category "Best Actor" for the film "Prisoner of the Caucasus" (1996)
▪ Russian Independent Triumph Prize for the Promotion of Highest Achievements in the Field of Art and Literature (1996)
▪ Prize of the Guild of film critics and film critics of Russia “Golden Aries” (1996)
▪ State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of cinema and television for the creative team of the film “Prisoner of the Caucasus” (1997)
▪ The Baltic Pearl International Film Festival, Best Actor Award for the film Prisoner of the Caucasus (1997)
▪ Open Russian film festival “Kinotavr”, prize in the nomination “For Best Actor” for the film “Prisoner of the Caucasus” (1997)
▪ State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of cinema for the creative team of the film “The Siberian Barber” (1999)
▪ Government Order of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, France (2004)
▪ “MK” annual theater award, “masters” category, awards for best actor and best performance (2007–2008 season, “1900” solo performance, Mossovet Theater)
▪ Order of Honor, for a great contribution to the development of domestic cinematic art and many years of creative activity (2010), etc.


In 1980, the actor made his debut on the movie screen in the drama “I Wait and Hope”, after 2 years he got his starring role in the comedy “Pokrovsky Gates”. The participation in the films “Relatives” of Nikita Mikhalkov and the film “Flying in a Dream and Waking” by Roman Balayan, “Moonsund”, “My Favorite Clown”, “On the Main Street with an Orchestra” also gained popularity.

Since the 90s, Menshikov has already carefully selected both the proposed roles and the directors. And as a result - a picture with his participation, if not a masterpiece, then a high-profile event: "Burnt by the Sun", "Prisoner of the Caucasus", "Siberian Barber", "Mom".

Oleg’s work has become noticeable in the TV series “Golden Calf”, another film adaptation of the famous novel, in the film “Doctor Zhivago” based on the book by Boris Pasternak, “State Counselor” based on the works of Boris Akunin. Another brilliant project is “Legend No. 17”, in which he happened to appear as the legendary hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov in his youth.

Oleg Menshikov as Anatoly Tarasov (frame from the film "Legend No. 17")

In 2017, the fantastic action movie of Fyodor Bondarchuk “Attraction” was released. At the presentation, the director called the luck of the scrupulous Menshikov to play in this movie as a great success.

In May 2018, the theater director launched the Oleg OM Menshikov’s OM channel on Youtube, where he talks with celebrities. The author set the task to build a full-fledged dialogue with the guest, and not the monologue of the latter, which is often found on similar shows. Filming takes place on the stage of the Yermolova Theater in the presence of the audience.

The most interesting

Menshikov had a long relationship with actress Margarita Shubina, and relatives already expected this romance to be crowned with a wedding, but Shubina was never destined to become Oleg Menshikov's wife.

In the photo: Oleg Menshikov with his wife Anastasia

What kind of black cat ran between the lovers is unknown, but gradually the romance came to naught, and Margarita remained in the past. To forget about the difficult parting, Oleg Evgenievich started an affair with circus artist Lyudmila Kolesnikova, but he was short and did not leave a noticeable trace in the actor’s biography.

In the photo: Oleg Menshikov and Anastasia Chernova

It was only in 2005 that an event occurred that completely changed the personal life of Oleg Menshikov, but those around him learned about this much later. At forty-five, the actor married a girl twenty-three years younger than himself.

The future wife of the actor, when they met, studied at GITIS, and the fateful meeting took place at a concert - Anastasia Chernova was in the same company with Menshikov, who immediately fascinated the girl. Oleg was the soul of the company, he joked a lot, and at the end of the evening completely unexpectedly asked her for a phone.

Their romance lasted two years, and then the actor invited Nastya to become his wife. Menshikov did not want a noisy celebration of the wedding, so the wedding was very modest - after the ceremony in the registry office, the newlyweds noted an important event in their personal life in the presence of only their closest friends.

After the wedding, they settled in Menshikov’s two-room apartment on Frunze Embankment. Acquaintance with Anastasia made Oleg Evgenievich change.

“My meeting with Nastya disciplined me in many ways, taught me a lot and continues to teach. You stop thinking about yourself. I used to have some kind of love stories, novels, but I didn’t take responsibility for anyone, only for myself, ”the actor shares.

The actor’s wife, who came from Taimyr, arrived in Moscow at GITIS, and during her studies she became the wife of a famous actor, which her classmates did not immediately recognize.

Becoming the wife of Oleg Menshikov, Anastasia Chernova moved away from the profession - she never once acted in films, she also does not work in the theater. The only role in her career was a tiny episode in the series “Streets of Broken Lights”.

Her whole life is devoted to her husband, his problems, and she is almost happy, except for one thing - she has no children. When they just started living together with Oleg, and Anastasia started talking about wanting a baby, Menshikov was categorically against it - he had a lot of work, and the children require constant attention and care.

After fifteen years of living together, he changed his mind about this, and was ready to become a father, but in order for the children of Oleg Menshikov to be born one desire was not enough - because of health problems, while Anastasia and Oleg can not become parents.

The actor even turned to Chinese healers for help, but even this did not help.

Now the actor’s wife still lives only for her husband, but does not stop hoping that she will still be destined to experience the happiness of motherhood.

“I idolize my spouse! I am ready to live in his shadow. He is a brilliant actor! ”Says Anastasia.

According to Nastya, her husband is not an easy person, and not because he is so famous, but just because he has such a character, and she had to get used to contact Oleg Evgenievich for “you” for a very long time.

Among his favorite hobbies, the actor names travels - he has already visited many countries, but for Menshikov one of the most memorable was a trip to Tibet.

Short biography of the artist

Oleg Evgenievich was born in Serpukhov near Moscow and grew up in a family far from art. Soon after his birth, his parents moved to the capital, so the artist rightly considers himself a real Muscovite. Noticing his son's creative inclinations, parents bought Oleg a violin and took him to a music school.

In the photo: Oleg Menshikov in the movie "Relatives"

But not only music attracted Menshikov, Oleg was also interested in theater, so going to the Operetta Theater, where he visited very often, was a real holiday for him. Having matured, Oleg himself decided to try to stage performances based on plays written with his own hands.

The artist on the stage

A teacher at this university, who saw Oleg’s improvisations at one of his family holidays, invited Menshikov to an audition at the Shchukin school.

Naturally, Menshikov decided to connect his future biography with the acting profession and after school he became a student of Sliver, after which he joined the Maly Theater team. He served military duty in the theater. Soviet Army, and after the service became an artist of the theater. Ermolova, on the scene of which went four years, and then left him and became a free actor.

A significant milestone in the actor’s career was a trip to England, where he worked on the role of Sergei Yesenin in the performance of the Globe Theater, for which he received the Laurence Olivier Award, and the role of Ikharev in Idiot. Later, Menshikov again had to play Yesenin, but already on the stage of Comedy Frances.

In parallel with the theater, the artist’s career in cinema also developed, the debut of which took place very early - at the age of nineteen Oleg starred in the role of Shurka in the drama “I Wait and Hope”. The second role turned out to be stellar for the young actor - Kostik from Pokrovsky Gates gave Oleg Menshikov huge popularity and recognition of the audience.

In the photo: Menshikov in the "Intercession Gate"

The following roles only confirmed the outstanding acting gift of Menshikov and his ability to transform into any image. Oleg Menshikov first performed as a director in 2008, staging his own performance “1900”, and in the eleventh year the public was able to see and hear the performance of his brass band.

A year later, a serious event occurred in the creative career of Oleg Evgenievich - he was appointed the artistic director of the Drama Theater. Ermolova, in which he once began his theatrical career.


When Oleg graduated from school, he and his parents went to the wedding of representatives of theatrical circles. At a fun and non-standard celebration, he got into such a fuss that he himself went on stage and acted as a “man orchestra” - playing along and singing along, accompanying, dancing and performing unpretentious creative numbers.

And he did not know that at that time the teacher of Sliver, who was invited to the celebration, Vladimir Monakhov, looked at him in amazement.

At the end of the evening, a talented boy, of course, was invited to a theater university - to act. After a little thought, he decided in favor of the proposal, but his parents were against this choice for a while. They hoped that his son would receive a more “serious” education. However, grumbling a little, they did not interfere.

Before the selection committee, he read Pushkin so that he himself became a poet. Teachers recalled: this was not an ideal performance, but impeccability was not required. They will teach everything that removes roughness and polishes talent, at the school. The main thing is that already at the entrance exams it was clear that this person was gifted and gifted extraordinary.


Flights in a dream and in reality (1982)

He was considered the strongest student of the course and one of the brightest in the whole university. Therefore, gossip about his personal life began to go so early. Evil languages ​​attributed Menshikov an affair with one of the male teachers. But classmates are still perplexed over this gossip. After all, Oleg was passionately in love with his student years - with classmate Victoria Sorokina.

For two years, young people were inside this hot deafening romance, after which a beautiful and ambitious girl left to conquer England, but never returned.

Years later, Menshikov went to London on tour. Of course, the young man’s first love could not help but come. Then, according to rumors, a serious conversation took place between the former lovers.

The girl admitted that she still regrets their separation and is ready to immediately drop everything and go with her beloved wherever she says. But Menshikov did not call, preferring to leave passionate feelings in the past.


Life by the Limit (1989)

But the fateful meeting took place when the artist had already taken place. In the meantime, he brilliantly graduated from high school and first became an artist of the Maly Theater, and a year later he was drafted into the army.

Menshikov served in the theater of the Soviet Army, and after graduating, he was invited to work in the Yermolova Theater, where he worked for a considerable amount of time until he created his own entreprise company in the 90s.

Having learned about the start of his business, Boris Berezovsky himself volunteered financially. Togo was always amazed by the actor’s deep talent and, realizing that new productions would require money, the oligarch, on his own initiative, met with Menshikov and offered sponsorship.

The company was called Theatrical Partnership 814. There Oleg Evgenievich acted both as an actor and as a director. Having seen his name on the posters, the people threw themselves into performances, forming long lines in front of the box office, despite the fact that tickets were not cheap.

The business turned out to be profitable, but soon became upset. The fact is that one of the co-founders of Oleg Menshikov was a passionate player. He began to squander at the card table not only his money, but also the money of the partnership. As a result, the company owed a serious amount and hid in an unknown direction.

However, by that time Menshikov’s fees in the cinema had reached such a level that he simply lost financial interest in his own project, leaving the case to fall apart on its own.

Pokrovsky Gate (1982)

He became famous throughout the USSR in the early 80s, while still a student. He made his debut in the television drama “I Wait and Hope”, where he was noticed by the wife of Mikhail Kozakov, who was then looking for his student Kostik for the main role in “Pokrovsky Gates”.

Kostya, as often happens, was not all. The director was worried, almost two dozen actors had already visited the samples. On the advice of his wife, Kozakov found this Shurka from Waiting and Hope and invited him to audition. Even before the “motor!” Command, when Menshikov with his smile, with flexible plastic and a sea of ​​charm entered the pavilion, the film crew realized that it was Kostya.

After the release of this film, Menshikov woke up as a celebrity, and Nikita Mikhalkov noted him as one of his most talented actors. Two more virtuoso collaborations - Burnt by the Sun and the Siberian Barber - have become beloved and revered paintings around the world.


Waiting and Hoping (1980)

Meanwhile, the gossip around the celebrity has not abated.Again, conversations surfaced around his bisexuality and accusations of romance with actors. Against this background, relatives saw just other novels.

First, for some time next to Menshikov was an actress of the Mossovet theater Margarita Shubina. This union was long and vibrant. According to friends, no one has ever held the attention of a celebrity as tenaciously as Margarita. The matter was confidently going to the wedding, when there was a disagreement between the lovers. Until now, no one knows what happened, only the actors began to move away from each other by leaps and bounds.

Oleg Evgenievich was distracted from the painful break in the arms of the circus Lyudmila Kolesnikova, but that novel did not last long.

At 43, the actor unexpectedly for all secretly married a young student of GITIS Anastasia Chernova. And again gossip: envious people say that this marriage is the condition of one influential woman who has incriminating evidence about the artist. The spouses themselves tell a different story.


The couple met at a concert of Zhvanetsky - there they got into a common company. Nastya had white roses in her hands. The maestro liked the girl so much that he began to attract her attention in incredible ways. He not only told stories in person and choked endlessly, but at some point bent over her bouquet and began to chew the petals with an appetite.

The girl, on the one hand, was fascinated by the famous actor, but on the other, she was perplexed. The final touch in her state of shock was the celebrity’s last maneuver - the actor, who had already almost escorted her before the release, unexpectedly asked for a phone.

They first talked, then went on a date ... A proposal to his beloved actor was made two years after meeting - by telephone. It was her birthday, at which the man could not attend because of the busy schedule. Nastya agreed.

Now she calls her husband a difficult person and says that she does not always fully understand him. But he loves Oleg forever. There is a beautiful tradition in their small family - on the day they met, February 14, Nastya invariably comes home with a bouquet of white roses. True, now Oleg Evgenievich is not trying to chew them.


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