Birth Place Matching "St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. George Sanders

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. Dmitri Shostakovich

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, ...

5. 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 ...

6. Ayn Rand

Writer | Love Letters

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 Love Letters (1945), The Fountainhead and The Night of January 16th (1941). She was married to Frank O'Connor. She died on March 6, 1982 in New York City, ...

7. 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 ...

8. Vladimir Nabokov

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 ...

9. Tsar Nicholas II

Self | Hänen Majesteettinsa Keisarin käynti Helsingissä

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...

10. Nikolay Cherkasov

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 ...

11. Gregory Gaye

Actor | Ninotchka

Gregory Gaye was born on October 10, 1900 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Gregory De Gay. He was an actor, known for Ninotchka (1939), Dodsworth (1936) and Tovarich (1937). He died on August 23, 1993 in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA.

12. 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 ...

13. 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 Otello (1956) and engaged to the Soviet cinema two French stars: Marina Vlady for Lika in Syuzhet dlya nebolshogo rasskaza (1969) ...

14. 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. ...

15. 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), Vaimoke (1936) and Pikajuna pohjoiseen (1947). She was married to Jalmari Rinne. She died on May 23, 1989 in Helsinki, Finland.

16. Sergey Urusevskiy

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 Selskaya uchitelnitsa (1947), Kavalier zolotoy zvezdy (1951) and Beg inokhodtsa (1969). He died on November 12, 1974 in Moscow, Russian ...

17. Lyudmila Semyonova

Actress | Tretya meshchanskaya

Lyudmila Semyonova was born on February 17, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Lyudmila Nikolayevna Semyonova. She was an actress, known for Tretya meshchanskaya (1927), Poseyali devushki lyon (1956) and Novyy Vavilon (1929). She died on May 25, 1990 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

18. Grand Duchess Tatiana

Self | De kongelige skal fotograferes

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 ...

19. Pavel Klushantsev

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 Luna (1965), Planeta bur (1962) and Doroga k zvezdam (1957). He died on April 27, 1999 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

20. 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 Unelma karjamajalla (1940), Sensuela (1973) and Vihtori ja Klaara (1939). He died on June 8, 2000 in Helsinki, Finland.

21. Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov

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 ...

22. Daniele Amfitheatrof

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 ...

23. Tamara Geva

Actress | Ein Sommernachtstraum

Tamara Geva was born on March 17, 1907 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Tamara Zheverzheieva. She is known for her work on Ein Sommernachtstraum (1925), Getrouwd met de band (1942) and Night Plane from Chungking (1943). She was married to George Balanchine. She died on December 9, 1997 in New ...

24. 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 ...

25. Dmitri Kabalevsky

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 ...

26. 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 ...

27. Reginald Beck

Editor | Don Giovanni

Reginald Beck was born on February 5, 1902 in St Petersburg, Russian Empire. He is known for his work on Don Giovanni (1979), Hamlet (1948) and Secret Ceremony (1968). He died on July 12, 1992 in England.

28. Aleksandr Borodin

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 ...

29. Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova

Actress | 12 stulev

Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova was a popular Russian comedienne, dancer and singer who performed about three thousand concerts for the servicemen during the Second World War, and was also known for her hilarious gags and funny faces, notably in the film Mister Iks (1958).

She was born Glikeria (Lika...

30. 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 Frontovye podrugi (1941), Muzykalnaya istoriya (1940) and Zhenitba (1936). She died on December 11, 1981 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia].

31. Grand Duchess Marie

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 ...

32. Valentin Berezhkov

Self | The Road to War

Valentin Berezhkov was the last living man who personally dealt with Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill at the times of the Second World War.

He was born Valentin Mikhailovich Berezhkov on July 2, 1916, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Young Berezhkov was interested in history and languages. He ...

33. Pavel Kadochnikov

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 Podvig razvedchika (1947), Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke (1948) and Bolshaya semya (1954). He was married to Rozaliya Kotovich. He died on May 2, 1988 ...

34. 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 i Dzhulyetta (1955), Solistka baleta (1947) and Disneyland (1954). She was married to Vadim Ryndin, Yuri Zavadsky and Ivan Bersenev. She died on March 21, 1998 in Moscow, Russia.

35. Marina von Ditmar

Actress | Die Czardasfürstin

Marina von Ditmar was born on October 30, 1914 in Petrograd, Russian Empire. She was an actress, known for Die Czardasfürstin (1934), G.P.U. (1942) and Die göttliche Jette (1937). She was married to Hans-Georg Dehnhardt. She died on September 3, 2014 in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria, Germany.

36. Anatole de Grunwald

Writer | The Demi-Paradise

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 ...

37. Grand Duchess Anastasia

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 ...

38. Viktor Shklovskiy

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 ...

39. Alexei Kosygin

Self | Reise in die Gegenwart

Aleksei Kosygin was the youngest Mayor of Leningrad and the longest serving Prime Minister of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1980. He was one of the most lasting high ranking Russian officials whose government career spanned over 40 years from the rule of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, to Nikita...

41. 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 Oorlog en Vrede (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 ...

42. Alexandre Mnouchkine

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 Le professionnel (1981). He was married to Simone Renant and Jane Hannen. He died on April 3, ...

43. Yuriy Tolubeev

Actor | Revizor

Yuri Vladimirovich Tolubeev (Yuri Tolubeyev) was born on May 1, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1929 he graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theatrical Arts as an actor. From 1926-1979 Tolubeyev worked as an actor and director with various theatres in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), mainly ...

45. Aleksandr Kolchak

Aleksandr Kolchak, a Czarist admiral who led the military resistance to the Bolshevik government in Russia after the 1917 revolution, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1874. His family had a long history of military service (his father was an artillery officer who fought the British in the ...

46. Vyacheslav Viskovsky

Director | Khabu

Vyacheslav Viskovsky was born in 1881 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Vyacheslav Kazimirovich Viskovsky. He was a director and actor, known for Khabu (1928), Venchal ikh satana (1917) and Yego glaza (1916). He died in 1933 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

48. George Hoyningen-Huene

Animation Department | A Star Is Born

His photograph in profile is shown in That Man: Peter Berlin (2005), where he is credited on screen as George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968).

49. Varvara Myasnikova

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 Zolushka (1947), Chapaev (1934) and Volochayevskiye dni (1938). She was married to Sergey Vasilev. She died on April 25, 1978 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

50. 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 i Lyudmila (1972), Shans (1984) and Dikaya okhota korolya Stakha (1980). She died on October 25, 1993 in Kiev, Ukraine.


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