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Mikhail Baryshnikov

Name in Native Language: "Михаил Николаевич Барышников" (Russian/RU)
Actor / Ballet Dancer / Ballet Master | * 01/28/1948 (72) | Riga, Latvia
Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Никола́евич Бары́шников, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil bɐ'rɨʂnʲɪkəf]; Latvian: Mihails Barišņikovs; born January 27, 1948), is a Latvian-born Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor. He was the preeminent male classical dancer of the 1970s and ’80s. He subsequently became a noted dance director. Born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Baryshnikov had a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad before defecting to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in Western dance. After dancing with American Ballet Theatre, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer for one season to learn George Balanchine's neoclassical Russian style of movement. He then returned with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director. Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer. Since his defection from the Soviet Union in 1974, Baryshnikov has never returned to Russia. In 1977, he received a nomination... ()
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Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov (born January 27, 1948) is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet Dancers of the 20th century. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then moved to New York to dance with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director. Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer. In 1977, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work as "Yuri Kopeikine" in the film The Turning Point.

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Drama | Music

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Awards & Nominations for Mikhail Baryshnikov

Emmy Award Kennedy Center Honors National Medal of Arts Theatre World Special Award Merited Artist of The Rsfsr Vilcek Prize Praemium Imperiale Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

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Movies with Mikhail Baryshnikov as Actor(15)

as Himself (archive footage)2018 Studio 54
as Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko1991 Company Business
as Tony1987 Dancers
as Himself - Host1985 That's Dancing!
as Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko1985 White Nights
as Don José1980 Carmen
as Toy Nutcracker1977 The Nutcracker
as Yuri Kopeikine1977 The Turning Point

TV Shows/Series with Mikhail Baryshnikov as Actor(4)

as Mikhail2014 Doll & Em
1952 Today

Full Name: Mikhail Baryshnikov
Citizenships: Soviet Union (former country), Latvia, United States of America (USA)
Born: Wednesday, 01/28 1948 (January) in Riga (current age: 72 years + 308 days)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN), Russian (RU)
Educated at: Riga ballet school, Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
Employer: Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, Baryshnikov Arts Center
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Spouses (current/former): Lisa Rinehart
Mikhail Baryshnikov frequently works together with these people:
Robert Redford (3x, Actor)
Liza Minnelli (3x, Actress)
Herbert Ross (3x, Crew)
Martin Scorsese (2x, Actor)
Ashley Judd (2x, Actress)
Matt Lauer (2x, Actor)
Andrea Lewis (2x, Crew)
Paul Simon (2x, Actor)
Bria Roberts (2x, Actress)
Victoria Duncan (2x, Crew)
Michael Stevens (2x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:102961, Added: 06/23/2018, Last updated: 11/06/2020