Igor Kostolevsky
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Igor Matveyevich Kostolevsky

(1948-09-10) 10 September 1948 (age 73)
Years active1970–present
  • Elena Romanova
  • Consuelo de Aviland

Igor Matveyevich Kostolevsky (Russian: Игорь Матвеевич Костолевский; born 10 September 1948) is a Soviet and Russian stage and film actor.[1][2] He has received the People's Artist of Russia title in 1995.[3] Kostolevsky is best known for starring in the films Teheran 43 and The Captivating Star of Happiness.[4]


Early life and career

Igor Kostolevsky was born September 10, 1948 in Moscow, the son of Matvey Matveyevich Kostolevsky and Vitta Semyonovna Kostolevskaya.[1][5] His family is Jewish.[6]

After graduation he worked as a tester at the Research Institute of Quartz Industry for two years.[1]

In 1967-1968 he studied at the Moscow Construction Institute.[1]

In 1973 he graduated from GITIS, the course of Andrei Goncharov. In the same year he entered the troupe of the Mayakovsky Theatre.[1]

Igor Kostolevsky played more than 50 roles in the theater, including Misha Rumyantsev ("Relatives" of Emil Braginsky and Eldar Ryazanov), Metchik ("The rout" of Alexander Fadeyev), Treplev ("The Seagull" Anton Chekhov), Golubkov ("Running" Mikhail Bulgakov), Barber King ("Look who came!" Vladimir Arro), Valery ("Man in his place" Valentina Chernykh), Pigusov ("Flying birds" by Alexander Galina), Vasily Leonidovich ("Fruits of Enlightenment" by Leo Tolstoy), Torvald Helmer ("The Dollhouse" by Henrik Ibsen) and others.[1]

Since the 1990s, he has also played on the stages of other theaters, took part in the performance of the international troupe Oresteia Aeschylus, staged in Bergen, Norway, by the director Roche (roles of Apollo, Messenger and the Old Man). In 1994, Kostolevsky played Apollo in "Oresteia" staged by Peter Stein at the Russian Army Theatre.[1]

Film career

In his student years, Igor Kostolevsky began to act in films. He made his debut in Boris Nirenburg's drama The Family as a Family, where the main roles were performed by the then popular actors of the Vakhtangov Theatre Lyudmila Tselikovskaya and Alexander Grave.[1]

In 1975, Vladimir Motyl's film The Captivating Star of Happiness was released where Kostolevsky starred as Ivan Annenkov. The picture was a great success with the audience.[1]

The critics rated the actor highly in the films Spring Appeal (1976) directed by Pavel Lyubimov and Asya (1977) by Joseph Kheifits. Then followed the work in the multi-part film And It's All About Him ... based on the novel by Vilya Lipatov, for the main role in which the actor received the Lenin Komsomol Prize.[1]

Among other significant works Kostolevsky in the cinema in the 1970s was the role of the teacher of astronomy Marina Mioryu in the melodrama of Mikhail Kozakov's Nameless Star and one of the shareholders of the cooperative in the comedy Eldar Ryazanov The Garage. The actor received popularity for the role of Soviet scout Andrei Borodin in the film.[1]

Igor Kostolevsky played more than 60 roles in the cinema. He starred in the films The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972), A Man Changes Skin (1978), Leave at Your Own Cost (1981), The Tony Wendis Error (1981), Companions (1983) Before Parting (1984), Night Whispers (1985), Through Main Street with an Orchestra (1986), Gobsek (1987), Entrance to the Labyrinth (1989), Lust for Passion (1991), The Ladder of Light (1992), Tango on Palace Square (1993), Nimbus (1994), Square (1995), Another Woman, Another Man (2003), Spy Games (2004-2008), War and Peace (2007), The Time of Happiness (2008), The Blue as the Sea of Eyes (2009), The Tower (2010), and others.[1]

Personal life

Igor Kostolevsky's first wife was actress Elena Romanova. Their son Alexey was born in 1983. The second wife of Igor Kostolevsky is the French actress Consuelo de Aviland.[1]


Igor Kostolevsky received the title People's Artist of the Russian Federation in 1995.[1]

Laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1978), laureate of the State Prize of Russia (2000), holder of the Order of Honor (2004), awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV Degree (2009).[1]

He was chosen as best actor of 1986 in the poll of the magazine Soviet Screen.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Dawns Here Are Quiet Misha, abiturient
1975 The Captivating Star of Happiness Annenkov
1976 Povtornaya svadba Vasya Kovalyov
1977 Stepan's Remembrance Vasiliy Turchaninov
1978 Asya Gaguine (Gagin)
1978 Nameless Star Alik Polukhin
1980 The Garage Miloserdov's Son
1981 Teheran 43 Andre Ilytch
1981 Skazka, rasskazannaya nochyu Student
1984 Prezhde chem rasstatsya Yuriy Aleksandrovich
1985 Zakonnyy brak
1986 Prosti
1986 Nochnye shyopoty
1987 Through Main Street with an Orchestra Igor
1987 Gobseck Count Maxime de Trailles
1988 Shut
1990 Entrance to the Labyrinth TV Mini-Series
1990 Vechnyy muzh
1991 Zazda strasti The Doctor
1992 Lestnitsa sveta 'Borodin' / Oleg
1993 Zavtrak s vidom na Elbrus
1993 Tango na Dvortsovoy ploshchadi Aleksandr
1993 Kodeks beshchestiya
1995 Igra voobrazheniya Antoshin
2001 La bella di Mosca
2007 War and Peace Tzar Alexander 4 episodes
2010 Sinie kak more glaza


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Биография Игоря Костолевского". RIA Novosti. 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Биография Игорь Костолевский". peoples.ru.
  3. ^ "Указ Президента РФ от 19 октября 1995 г. N 1062 "О присвоении почётных званий Российской Федерации"". Archived from the original on 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ Игорь КОСТОЛЕВСКИЙ: «Моя жена-француженка не миллионерша» // KP.RU
  5. ^ https://tass.ru/encyclopedia/person/kostolevskiy-igor-matveevich
  6. ^ "Игорь Костолевский: от героя-любовника до гоголевского Плюшкина".