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Bohdan Stupka

Bohdan Stupka - actor of theatre and cinematograph.

born in Lviv region - village of Koulykiv - on the 27th of August 1941.

over 100 roles in theatre:

  • Zadorozhnyi in "Ukradene Schastha" ("Stolen happiness")

  • Tevje in "Tevje-Tevel" by Sholom-Aleikhem
    His biggest success "sold-out" for last 14 years.

and over 50 roles in cinematograph:

  • "Bilyi ptakh z chornojy oznakojy" (1970-72)
    The film was prohibited by decree of the XXIV meeting of Communist Party of Ukraine.
    The script was written by Yurii Iljenko and Ivan Mykolaichuk. It is about a tragedy of a family in Boukovyna where one of the three brothers becomes "banderivets". And 29 year old Bohdan Stupka played this role in a best way. The role is considered to be one of the best in Soviet cinema.

    After this success in Bohdan Stupka is invited to other films:
  • in "Krasnyje Kolokola" he played a Russian politician of the beginning of the XX centry- Alexandr Kerenskyi
  • "Nikolay Vavilov" - a scientific forgere of Stalin times Trofima Lysenko
  • in "Seryje Volki" - KGB "predesedatel" Vladimira Semichasnoho
  • in "With Fire and Sword" (Ogniem i Mieczem) - Hetman Bohdan Khemlnytskyi.
  • in "East-West".

In 1960 Bohdan Stupka almost lost his eye. It happened during play "Faust and Death" staged by theatre studio of L'viv Drama Theatre named after Maria Zankovetska in "MHAT" - Moscow Art Theatre named after A.Chekhov. Luckily the injury was cured.

In 1960-70 Bohdan Stupka was not admited to "positive" roles. He would not have match criteria of Soviet "good comrades".

1961-1978
He made himself as an actor in theatre studio atThe Maria Zankovetska Drama Theatre. His teacher was Borys Tyahno - student of Les' Kurbas and Solomon Mikhoelsa who admited him to the studio. Serhiy Danchenko - chief producer ofThe Maria Zankovetska Drama Theatreat that time was giving him main roles in classic plays.

1976
Bohdan Stupka - Honoured artist of Ukraine.

1978 Serhiy Danchenko becomes art director of The Ivan Franko National Drama Theatre and invites Bohdan Stupka to Kyiv.

1980 Bohdan Stupka - National artist of Ukraine

In 1989 Serhiy Danchenko gave a premiere of "Tevje - Tevel" which is conidered to be the best one staged in The Ivan Franko National Drama Theatre till today. Bohdan Stupka plays a role of Tevje-milkman. The play is a grand success for last 14 years with a "sold-out". Stupka's Tevje is welll-known to European theatres and in New York Theatre it has been staged twice with a "sold-out".

1991 Bohdan Stupka - National artist of USSR

1999 - Minister of Culture. He supported financing of Ukrainian cinema. "Bohdan-Zinovij Khmelnyzkyi" - director Mukola Mashchenko. "Molytva za Hetmana Mazepu" of Yurii Ilnenko. Due to his efforts financing of Ukrainian cinematograph has been increased for 30%. "Molytva" has been shown at Berlin fastival in 2002 and has been awarded "Golden Fish" at cinema festival in Poland.