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Russian Actor Glebov Dies

April 17, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ Pyotr Glebov, a prominent Russian stage and screen actor, died Monday after a long illness, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. He was 85.

Glebov starred in dozens of stage plays and films, but was best known for his playing of Grigory Melekhov in Mikhail Sholokhov’s classic Cossack epic ``And Quiet Flows the Don.″

He also starred in other films, including ``The Virgin Land Upturned,″ ``Baltic Sky″ and ``The Youth of Peter the Great.″

Glebov turned 85 three days ago, and President Vladimir Putin awarded him the Merit to the Fatherland award for his contribution to Russian cinema, ITAR-Tass said.

He graduated from the Stanislavsky Opera and Drama Studio in 1940 and started his acting career a year later at Moscow’s Stanislavsky Drama Theater. Since the late 1960s, he was affiliated with the Studio Theater of Cinema Actors.

In 1981, he was named a People’s Artist of the Soviet Union, the highest award given an actor by the state.

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