On October 31, a postcard with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th Birth Anniversary of Anatoly Papanov, film and theatre actor, was put into postal circulation

Anatoly Papanov (1922-1987) was a Soviet theater and film actor, theater teacher and film director, a People's Artist of the USSR (1973), a participant in the Great Patriotic War. Anatoly Papanov was born on October 31, 1922, in Vyazma of the Smolensk province. In 1930, his family moved to Moscow. At the age of 17, he got involved in the drama group at the Culture Center of the Kauchuk plant, an amateur theater club. In 1937, he made his first film appearance playing a secondary role of a worker in Lenin in October. After that, he continued to act in crowd scenes.

From the very first days of the War, Papanov was at the front. In the rank of a Senior Sergeant, he commanded an anti-aircraft artillery platoon. On March 22, 1942, he got encircled near Kharkov and was badly wounded. In 1943, he returned to Moscow and entered the second year of the actor's faculty of the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS). He studied at the workshop under the direction of Vasily and Maria Orlovs, artists of the Gorky Moscow Art Theater of the USSR. From 1946 to 1948, he performed at the Klaipeda Russian Drama Theater, where his first role was Sergey Tyulenin in the Young Guard play. In 1948, he moved to the Moscow Satire Theater at the invitation of its stage director Andrei Goncharov, where he played for nearly 40 years, having created 50 characters. Some of the performances were recorded for TV, including The Inspector General, The Nest of the Wood Grouse, and Little Comedies of the Big House.

He made his debut in a big cinema role in 1961, in eccentric comedy The Man from Nowhere by Eldar Ryazanov. Papanov played not only the main antagonist of Arkady Krokhalyov, but also several other episodic roles, positioning himself as a brilliant, character comic actor. However, the real breakthrough in Anatoly Papanov's film career was an invitation three years later from film director Alexander Stolper to star as General Serpilin in the film adaptation of Konstantin Simonov's novel The Living and the Dead. For this role, Papanov was awarded the State Prize of the RSFSR and the main prize at the First All-Union Film Festival. In total, Papanov participated in the production of more than 70 films and provided the voice for about 100 animated films, including the Wolf from the Nu, pogodi! (Well, Just You Wait!) animated film series. He gave classes at the GITIS.

The commemorative stamp features a portrait of Anatoly Papanov; the main illustration provides a still from the Belorussky Vokzal (Belorussian Station) film (Mosfilm, 1970).

In addition to the issue of the postcard with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka produced special cancels for Moscow and Smolensk.

Design Artist: A. Moskovets.
Quantity: 6 thousand postcards.

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