Meritorious Artist of the RF Osip Nikolayevich Basov was born on 14 November 1892. In 1918 he entered Mamonov’s Studio. In 1919 he changed to Yevgeniy Vakhtangov’s Studio.He worked at the Vakhtangov Theatre from 1919 till 1934.Basov’s first roles were played under direction of Yevgeniy Vakgtangov: Captain Revunov-Karaulov (“The Marriage” by Chekhov, 1920), Gustave (“The Miracle of St. Antony” by Meterlink, 1921), Altoum (“Princess Turandot” by Gozzi, 1922).Later on Basov played a number of character roles, mostly comic. His major artistic role was Dostigaev (“Yegor Bulychov and Others”, 1932 and “Dostigaev and Others”, 1933) in the performances, directed by Boris Zakhava.Osip Basov was one of the most vivid representatives of Vakhtangov’s school, and in his art the accuracy and expressiveness of the role’s external pattern was defined by the deep honesty of feelings, natural truthfulness, and clear social characteristics of the image. Having ability of apt observation, gentle sense of humour, sincerity, Basov could find various means and colours to outline his characters.Osip Basov was also a director and teacher.In 1930 he headed the Moscow Modern Theatre.
Osip Nikolayevich Basov died on 10 October 1934.