Birth Place Matching "St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | All About Eve
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in ...
2. Tom Conway
Actor | Cat People
Tom Conway played "The Falcon" in ten of that series' entries. He starred in three Val Lewton horror classics. He appeared in comedies, musicals, two Tarzan films and even science fiction films.
He was early television's Detective Mark Saber, but Conway will probably be best remembered as George ...
3. Mischa Auer
Actor | My Man Godfrey
Mischa Auer, the American screen's supreme exponent of the "Mad Russian" stereotype so dear to Yankee hearts before and after World War II, was born Mischa Ounskowsky on November 17, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the grandson of violinist Leopold Auer, whose surname he took when he became a ...
4. Ayn Rand
Writer | Noi vivi
Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum. She was a writer and actress, known for We the Living (1942), The Fountainhead and Love Letters (1945). She was married to Frank O'Connor. She died on March 6, 1982 in New York City, New York, ...
Soundtrack | Children of Men
Dmitri Shostakovich, one of Russian culture's most acclaimed intellectuals who was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, was an internationally recognized composer whose music was in over 100 films.
He was born Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich on September 25, 1906, in St. Petersburg, ...
Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy
The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...
Writer | Lolita
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899, the eldest of five children in a wealthy aristocratic family in St. Petersburg, Russia. His grandfather was a Justice Minister to the Czar Alexander II. His father, named Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, was a liberal political leader, the ...
Czar Nicholas II of Russia was crowned in 1894, and was the last Emperor of Russia. He was born on 19 May, 1868, the first child of Tsarevitch Aleksandr III and his wife, Maria Fyodorovna. He was christened His Imperial Highness Nicholas Aleksandrovitch Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia. He was followed...
9. Sacha Guitry
Writer | Les perles de la couronne
French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.
His acting debuts were not too ...
10. Michael Chekhov
Actor | Spellbound
Michael Chekhov was a Russian actor in the Moscow Art Theatre who emigrated to America and made a career in Hollywood, earning himself an Oscar nomination.
He was born Mikhail Aleksandrovich Chekhov in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1891. His mother, Natalya Golden, was Jewish, and his father, Aleksandr ...
11. Gregory Gaye
Actor | Dodsworth
Gregory Gaye was born on October 10, 1900 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Gregory De Gay. He was an actor, known for Dodsworth (1936), Ninotchka (1939) and Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936). He died on August 23, 1993 in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
12. Mariya Kapnist
Actress | Ruslan i Lyudmila
Mariya Kapnist was born on March 22, 1914 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Mariya Rostislavovna Kapnist. She was an actress, known for Ruslan and Ludmila (1972), Shans (1984) and Savage Hunt of King Stakh (1980). She died on October 25, 1993 in Kiev, Ukraine.
13. Igor Stravinsky
Soundtrack | Allied
Igor Stravinsky's father was a singer at the opera, and thus Stravinsky became a student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov after a short stint as a law student. Very much influenced by Russian composers, only his sponsor Sergei Diaghilev in Paris was able to convince him to try new styles of ballet, e.g. ...
14. Tamara Geva
Actress | Ein Sommernachtstraum
The daughter of a Swedish mother (Tamara Urtahl, a Swede) and of a wealthy St. Petersburg manufacturer of Muslim heritage and patron of the arts who later became a free-thinker (Levko Zheverzheiev), Geva grew up in a vast 18th century mansion which included a private museum. Geva described her ...
15. Assia Noris
Actress | Le voyageur de la Toussaint
At the beginning of the nineteen thirties a new star appeared in the skies of fascist-led Italy, a nineteen-year-old Russian-born named Assia Norris, soon to be nicknamed the country's sweetheart. Fresh and charming, she drew lots of fans into theaters. Not that the comedies she played in were ...
16. Galina Ulanova
Actress | Romeo i Dzhulyetta
Galina Ulanova was born on January 8, 1910 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. She was an actress, known for Romeo & Juliet (1955), Russian Ballerina (1947) and The Magical World of Disney (1954). She was married to Vadim Ryndin, Yuri Zavadsky and Ivan Bersenev. She died on March 21, 1998 in ...
Her Imperial Highness, The Grand Duchess Tatiana Nicholaievna Romanov was born on June 10, 1897. She is the second child of Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra. She has one elder sister, Olga, two younger sisters - Maria and Anastasia and a younger brother Alexei. Out of all of Tatiana's ...
Director | Luna
Pavel Klushantsev was born on February 25, 1910 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Pavel Vladimirovich Klushantsev. He was a director and writer, known for The Moon (1965), Planeta bur (1962) and Doroga k zvezdam (1957). He died on April 27, 1999 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Self | Pathé's Weekly, No. 46
His Imperial Highness Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov was born on August 12, 1904, in the Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. He was the youngest child and only son of Their Imperial Majesties Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna. His birth was a cause for much celebration ...
20. Ansa Ikonen
Actress | Vaivaisukon morsian
Ansa Ikonen was born on December 19, 1913 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Aili Ansa Inkeri Ikonen. She was an actress, known for Vaivaisukon morsian (1944), Substitute Wife (1936) and Pikajuna pohjoiseen (1947). She was married to Jalmari Rinne. She died on May 23, 1989 in Helsinki, Finland.
Cinematographer | Selskaya uchitelnitsa
Sergey Urusevskiy was born on December 23, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Sergei Pavlovich Urusevsky. He was a cinematographer and director, known for The Village Teacher (1947), Dream of a Cossack (1951) and Beg inokhodtsa (1969). He died on November 12, 1974 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, ...
22. Sergei Yutkevich
Director | Lenin v Polshe
He has made been famous in the young soviet cinema by his films about Lenin (Lenin v Polshe (1966) and others). He had a great international acclaim by his version of Othello (1956) and engaged to the Soviet cinema two French stars: Marina Vlady for Lika in Syuzhet dlya nebolshogo rasskaza (1969) ...
Soundtrack | Peggy Sue Got Married
Aleksandr Borodin was born on November 12, 1833 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was in fact the illegitimate son of the Georgian Prince, Lukas Gedevanishvili, who registered his son under the name of his serf and payed for Borodin's private education in music, languages and sciences.
Young Borodin ...
Actor | Ja alla oli tulinen järvi
Kaarlo Angerkoski was born on April 8, 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. He was an actor, known for Ja alla oli tulinen järvi (1937), VMV 6 (1936) and Rykmentin murheenkryyni (1938). He was married to Siiri Angerkoski. He died on October 1, 1939 in Kotka, Finland.
Soundtrack | Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
A well-respected conductor and composer, who arrived in the US in 1937 and became a citizen in 1944. His education included studies with Wladimir Tscherbachev, Otto Respighi, and Jaroslav Krichka in the Conservatory and Pontifical Academy of Sacred Music of Vatican in Rome. He was assistant ...
26. Georgi Zhzhyonov
Actor | Oshibka rezidenta
Georgi Zhzhyonov was a popular Russian actor who survived 18 years of imprisonment under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin.
He was born Georgi Stepanovich Zhzhonov on March 22, 1915, in St. Petersburg (then Petrograd), Russia. He was the seventh of ten children of Stepan Philippovich Zhzhonov and ...
27. Zoya Fyodorova
Actress | Frontovye podrugi
Zoya Fyodorova was born on December 21, 1907 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Zoya Alekseyevna Fyodorova. She was an actress, known for The Girl from Leningrad (1941), Muzykalnaya istoriya (1940) and Zhenitba (1936). She died on December 11, 1981 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia].
28. Tamara Makarova
Actress | Uchitel
Tamara Makarova was born on August 13, 1907 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Tamara Fyodorovna Makarova. She was an actress and writer, known for The New Teacher (1939), The Vow (1946) and Deserter (1933). She was married to Sergey Gerasimov. She died on January 18, 1997 in Moscow, Russia.
Actress | Die Czardasfürstin
Marina von Ditmar was born on October 30, 1914 in Petrograd, Russian Empire. She was an actress, known for The Csardas Princess (1934), G.P.U. (1942) and The Divine Jetta (1937). She was married to Hans-Georg Dehnhardt. She died on September 3, 2014 in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria, Germany.
Writer | Krazana
Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky was born on January 24, 1893, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His father, named Boris Shklovsky, was a teacher. Shklovsky himself described his family as Jewish-German Russians. Young Shklovsky showed a strong and unusual character. He dropped out of school, but later ...
Self | Les revues du monde
Her Imperial Highness, The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna Romanov was born on June 18, 1901. She was the fourth child of Tsar Nicholas the second, and the Empress Alexandra. She was a big disappointment because by now they were hoping for a boy to be the tsarevich and the next tsar. She had ...
Actor | Podvig razvedchika
Pavel Kadochnikov was born on July 29, 1915 in Petrograd, Russian Empire as Pavel Petrovich Kadochnikov. He was an actor and director, known for Secret Agent (1947), Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke (1948) and Bolshaya semya (1954). He was married to Rozaliya Kotovich. He died on May 2, 1988 in ...
Producer | Der Name der Rose
Alexandre Mnouchkine was born on February 10, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. He was a producer and actor, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), La révolution française (1989) and The Professional (1981). He was married to Simone Renant and Jane Hannen. He died on April 3, ...
36. Jan Savitt
Soundtrack | The Bridges of Madison County
Jacob Sarvetnick was a child prodigy on the violin, destined to become Jan Savitt, leader of a popular swing band. Of Russian-Jewish ancestry, his father had variously worked as a motor mechanic and as a drummer in Tsar Nicholas II's Imperial Regimental Orchestra. In the U.S. from the age of ...
Actress | Zolushka
Varvara Myasnikova was born on October 5, 1900 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Varvara Sergeyevna Myasnikova. She was an actress, known for Cinderella (1947), Chapayev (1934) and Volochayevskiye dni (1938). She was married to Sergey Vasilev. She died on April 25, 1978 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.
38. Eugene Berman
Production Designer | Live from the Metropolitan Opera
Eugene Berman was born on November 4, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. He was a production designer and costume designer, known for The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977) and Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951). He was married to Ona Munson. He died on November 14, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Self | Les revues du monde
Her Imperial Highness, The Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Romanova was born on June 26, 1899. She was the third daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. She had two older sisters - Olga and Tatiana, one younger sister - Anastasia, and one younger brother Alexei. Maria's siblings usually ...
Writer | English Without Tears
Anatole de Grunwald was seven years old when his father, a diplomat in the service of the Russian Czar, was forced to flee with his family to England during the Bolshevik Revolution. He grew up in England, began a career as a journalist there and entered the British film industry in 1939 as a ...
Actress | Kean
Nathalie Lissenko was born in 1886 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Natalya Andrianovna Lisenko. She was an actress and costume designer, known for Edmund Kean: Prince Among Lovers (1924), L'affiche (1924) and A Narrow Escape (1920). She was married to Ivan Mozzhukhin. She died on January 7, ...
42. Boris Smirnov
Actor | Voyna i mir
Boris Smirnov was a Russian actor of Moscow Art Theatre also known for his film role as Prince Vasili Kuragin in War and Peace (1966).
He was born Boris Aleksandrovich Smirnov, on October 26, 1908, in St. Petersburg, Russia. From 1925 to 1929 he studied acting at Leningrad Institute of Theatrical ...
Actress | Poseyali devushki lyon
Lyudmila Semyonova was born on February 17, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Lyudmila Nikolayevna Semyonova. She was an actress, known for Poseyali devushki lyon (1956), Moy syn (1928) and The New Babylon (1929). She died on May 25, 1990 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.
44. Teuvo Tulio
Editor | Unelma karjamajalla
Teuvo Tulio was born on August 23, 1912 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Theodor Antonius Tugai. He was an editor and director, known for In the Fields of Dreams (1940), Sensuela (1973) and Vihtori ja Klaara (1939). He died on June 8, 2000 in Helsinki, Finland.
Actor | The Mulberry Accelerator
Alexis Bobrinskoy was born on October 16, 1893 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Alexis Alexeevitch Bobrinskoy. He was an actor, known for The Mulberry Accelerator (1955), I Am a Camera (1955) and Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (1957). He died on February 6, 1971 in London, England.
47. Aleksandr Zarkhi
Director | Deputat Baltiki
Aleksandr Zarkhi was born on February 18, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Grigoryevich Zarkhy. He was a director and writer, known for Baltic Deputy (1937), Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky (1981) and Red Army Days (1935). He died on January 27, 1997 in Moscow, ...
Soundtrack | Munich
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky was born on December 30, 1904, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was baptized by a Russian Orthodox priest on January 5, 1905, known as the "Bloody Sunday" of the 1st Russian Revolution. His father, named Boris Kabalevsky, was a mathematician. The family of Kabalevskys ...
49. Bruno Frejndlikh
Actor | Aleksandr Popov
Bruno Arturovich Freindlikh was born on October 10, 1909, in Russia. His German ancestors were invited to Russia by Tsar Peter the Great and settled in St. Petersburg around 1700's. The Freindlikh family started a successful glass-making factory in the Russian capital. Young Bruno Freindlikh ...
50. Feliks Yusupov
Writer | J'ai tué Raspoutine
Prince Feliks Yusupov was a member of Russian nobility who became famous for killing Grigory Rasputin.
He was born on March 23, 1887, in St. Petersburg, Russia, into one the wealthiest families of that time. After the tragic death of his brother, he became heir to the immense fortune of the Yusupov ...