Joseph Tolchanov

People’s Artist of the USSR, the USSR State Prize Laureate An actor and director Joseph Moiseyevich Tolchanov was born on 29 April (11 May) 1891.In 1911-1914 he studied at the University of Liege (France).After 1917 he entered Moscow Mamonov Studio (under the direction of B.Y. Zakhava, Y.A. Zavadsky).In 1918 he and the other students of the Studio entered Y.B. Vakhtangov’s Studio.He worked at the Vakhtangov Theatre from 1919 till 1981.Since 1920 Tolchanov took up pedagogical work, taught at the Uzbek Theatre School, at the Yakut GITIS Studio, The Schukin Theatre School.Tolchanov could create elegant images out of “ungraceful” material. The actor could understand the image thoroughly and uncover its authentic truth, depth of social and psychological description of the character.As a director Tolchanov proved to be an exacting, delicate artist, who could understand and appreciate the author’s purport and find the most clear, intelligible form of the performance to express fully the concept of the work of literature.Joseph Moiseyevich Tolchanov died on 24 August 1981.

Crew chief (The Miracle of St. Anthony, 1921)
Barah (Princess Turandor, 1922)
Fray Bartolomeo (Comedies of Merimee, 1924)
Magara (Virineya, 1925)
Saveliy (Badgers, 1927)
Gang-Dza-Ling (Zoyka’s Apartment, 1928)
President F.Walter (Intrigue and Love, 1930)
Colonel Fremande (The Intervention, 1933)
Shadrin (The Man with a Gun, 1937)
Artemy Filippovich Zemlyanika (The Government Inspector, 1939)
Arbenin (Masquerade, 1941)
Gaydar (The Front, 1942)
Pino (The conspiracy of the doomed, 1950)
Polotentsev (The First Joys, 1950)
Andrey Kuzmich (He who fears difficulties won’t see happiness, 1954)
Yakov Mayakin (Foma Gordeev, 1956)
Epanchin (The Idiot, 1958)
The Miserly Knight (Little Tragedies, 1959)
Sergey Dmitrievich Abrezkov (The Living Corpse, 1962)
Oracle (Antony and Cleopatra, 1971)
John Morton (Richard III, 1976)

The Party of Honest People, 1927
The Fifth Horizon, 1932
Dalyokoe, 1935
Co-director: Virineya, 1925
Razlom, 1927
The Intervention, 1933
Dostigaev and Others, 1933
The Storm, 1944

The Oppenheim Family (Edgar)
Lenin in 1918 (doctor)