Petr Shelokhonov as Peresada, the leading role in "Otventaya Mera", 1974


1997: Anna Karenina (USA - UK), a 1997 film by Bernard Rose starring Sophie Marceau – as Kapitonich, Karenin’s butler    
1997: Passazhirka – as Passenger
1992: Richard II – as Lord Marshal
1991: My Best Friend General Vasili, Son of Joseph Stalin (Moi Luchshiy Drug, General Vasiliy, Syn Iosifa) – as Colonel Savinykh
1988: Khleb – Imya Suschestvitelnoe – as Akimych
1987: Moonzund – as Andreev
1987: Vezuchiy Chelovek - Cameo
1987: Sreda Obitaniya – as Detective
1986: Red Arrow (Krasnaya Strela) – as Yusov
1986: The Last Road (Poslednaya Doroga) - as Stefanovich
1985: Kontract of the Century (Contract Veka) - as Government Minister
1985: Sopernitsy – as Semenich
1985: Sofia Kovalevskaya – as Academician Sechenov
1984: Two Versions of One Collision (Dve Versii Odnogo Stolknoveniya) - as Pavlov
1984: Zaveshchanie Professora Douela - as bysinessman
1983: Mesto Deistviya - as Ryabov
1983: Magistral – as Gadalov
1982: Golos – as Production Director
1982: Liszt Ferenc (TV) – as Count Vielgorsky
1982: God Aktivnogo Solntsa – as School principal
1982: Customs (Tamozhnya) – as Chierf customs officer
1981: Sindikat 2. – as Fomichev
1981: Devushka I Grand – as Director of Sport
1981: 20 December (Dvadtsatoe Dekabrya) – as Zarudny
1981: Pravda Lieutenanta Klimova – as Chervonenko
1981: : Zhizn I Priklyucheniya Chetyrekh Druzei 3 / 4 – as Forest ranger
1981: Late Rendez-Vous (Pozdnie Svidaniya) - as Lena's father
1980: Zhizn I Priklyucheniya Chetyrekh Druzei 1 / 2 – as Forest ranger
1979: Puteshestvie v Drugoi Gorod – as Director
1979: Extraordinary Summer (Neobyknovennoe Leto) – as Dorogomilov
1978: Vsyo Reshaet Mgnovenie – as Director of Sport
1978: Three Rainy Days (Tri Nenastnyh Dnya) - as Detective
1977: First Joy (Pervye Radosti) – as Dorogomilov
1976: Vitali Bianki – as Presenter-Narrator
1976: Trust (Doverie) – as Petrovsky
1976: Menya Eto Ne Kasaetsa – as Pankatov
1975: Obretesh v Boyu – as Sergeev
1974: Reprisal (Otventaya Mera)– as Peresada
1973: Opoznanie – as Colonel
1972: Such a Long, Long Road (Takaya Dlinnaya Dlinnaya Doroga) - as Commissar
1972: Grossmeyster – as Stepfather
1972: Taming of the Fire (Ukroshcheniye Ognya) - as Karelin, rocket scientist
1971: Kholodno - Goryacho – as Podorozhny
1971: Shutite? – as Chairman
1971: Dauria – as Severian Ulybin
1971: Night on the 14th Parallel (Noch na 14 paralleli) – as Editor
1970: Far from Moscow (Daleko ot Moskvy) – as Batmanov
1970: Dawns are Quiet Here (A Zori Zdes Tihie) - as Sergeant Vaskov
1970: Lyubov Yarovaya - as Mazukhin
1970: Franz List. Dreams of Love - as Glinka, Russian composer
1969: Rokirovka v dlinnuyu storonu - as Scientist
1969: Razvyazka - as Sotnikov
1968: Tri Goda (by A. Chekhov) - as Laptev
1967: Shagi v Solntse - as Unknown soldier

Honorable Actor of Russia

Petr Shelokhonov

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What has always intrigued me about Russian culture and history is how under a thousand years of autocracy and dictatorship, such amazing men and women have emerged. Petr Shelokhonov as Unknown Soldier in the film "Steps to the Sun"

There is a painting from Soviet times that illustrates this. Across a bleak land a black paved road stretches straight to the horizon, a dark silhouette of a modern high-rise city. Pushing up through the cracks in this road are leaves of grass and budding flowers. Those vibrant plants reaching for light through the cracks represent the great writers, poets, composers, painters, filmmakers, and other people of the performing arts. We know the names of a many, but there were and are so many more talents in Russia who kept being creative under the pressure from the Soviets, and their humble work was not wasted, as they kept the great culture alive.

Petr Shelokhonov was one of them. On my first trip to the then Soviet Union in 1991, I marveled at these artists in the secret lofts, their crumbling dachas, or just the privacy of the kitchen table; I marvelled at what they were happily doing in the ruins of the Soviet Union – these budding plants. We know the strife of these champions of freedom. The work of writers and actors got focused attention from the Soviet guardians of their power. I have managed a business in Russia and lived there. I have met more than few of these often surviving humble greats.

Petr Shelokhonov and Sophie Marceau after filming "Anna Karenina" in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1996






In St. Petersburg in 1996, I walked by a horse-carriage with a woman and other actors in 19th century dress standing about. It was the filming of “Anna Karenina” in which Petr Shelokhonov was cast.

His best known film role was co-starring as Cossack Severian in a three-hour epic film Dauriya. Only a few of his films are available today, while many other works did not survive the turbulent events of Soviet and Russian regimes.

Petr Shelokhonov started his acting career during the Nazi occupation in WWII when he was making parodies of Hitler and the Nazis to lift the spirits of his fellow survivors. After the war he was drafted in the Red Navy and served with the Baltic Fleet. There he was giving performances on stage and on radio shows, then continued acting in Siberia.


In many roles he had to play a Soviet officer, or a revolutionary and did so with tongue-in-cheek as he also listened to the opposite side, such as the BBC, Voice of America, and other international sources.

It was his love of freedom that led him to take the death-defying chances necessary to assure his acting career, and to create a range of characters marked by truth, depth, and beauty. Photographs of his stage roles show a variety of characters displaying nuanced emotions and a remarkable range.

In the course of his career spanning 50 years, Petr Shelokhonov worked in theatre, in film, and on television, and played over 150 characters from different periods and cultures, ranging from the Shakespearean prince Hamlet, to the Soviet dictator Lenin.

The actor created such a range of characters thanks to his gift of transformation. He was equally convincing delivering refined noblesse and reserved energy of passion, with deep penetration in the gist of each character, entertaining the viewer with his charm and mastery of acting, and performing with the full power of his talent.

We Americans often don’t appreciate the cultural under-structure of the rest of the world. European, Russian, Asian, African, and Mediterranean peoples live with a highly original, rich, and multi-dimensional worlds of a vertical culture, while many of us in America live in a horizontal culture. But in the rest of the world, the centuries of language, geography, religion, and resulting social, political, and economic strains make a special environment conducive to breeding cultural creatives.

Petr Shelokhonov was surely one of these who elegantly portrayed for us the cultural heritages of Europe and Russia.