On May 6, a postage stamp dedicated to the 100th Birth Anniversary of Vladimir Etush, theater and film actor, was put into postal circulation in the Full Cavalier of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland series

Vladimir Etush (1922-2019) was a Soviet and Russian theater and film actor, educator, artistic director of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute (2003-2019), People's Artist of the USSR (1984), Full Cavalier of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland.

Vladimir Etush was born on May 6, 1922, in Moscow. In 1940, he entered the Boris Shchukin Higher Theatre School; on the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, he volunteered to the front, after which he was sent to a military interpreters school. At the front, he joined a rifle regiment and fought near Rostov-on-Don, in Kabarda and Ossetia mountains, was at war near Malgobek city and participated in liberation of Don land and Ukraine. In 1944, he returned to the fourth year of the theatre school, and the next year he finished the acting faculty and was taken into the company of the Vakhtangov Theater, where he soon became one of the leading actors.

In 1945, he began teaching as an assistant educator for the mastery of the actor at the Boris Shchukin Higher Theatre School, where he became a professor in 1976. In 1958, he became an artistic director of his first acting course; among the graduates of that course there were such famous actors as A. Zbruev, Yu. Avsharov, A. Belyavsky, Z. Vysokovsky, L. Maksakova, V. Smekhov and others. In 1987, Etush took up a position of the rector, and in 2003, that of the artistic director of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. On April 2, 2009, he was elected the Director of the Central House of Actor named after A. Yablochkina in Moscow.

Vladimir Etush started acting in films in 1953. He was a master of character and comedy roles. Filmgoers remember well his roles in L. Gaidai's comedies Kidnapping, Caucasian Style, or New Adventures of Shurik (1966), The Twelve Chairs (1971), Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973). Etush’s acting style manifested itself vividly in tale films An Old, Old Tale (1968), The Shadow (1971), How Ivanushka the Fool Travelled in Search of Wonder (1977) and The Donkey’s Hide (1982), as well as in 31 June musical (1978) and TV film The Adventures of Buratino (1975).

The postage stamp provides a portrait of Vladimir Etush and the image of The Order of Merit for the Fatherland.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad.

Design Artist: A. Moskovets.
Face value: 40 rubles.
Stamp size: 42×30 mm, sheet size: 142×174 mm.
Emission form: a sheet (3×5) with 14 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 140 thousand stamps (10 thousand sheets).

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