Armen Dzhigarkhanyan (or Armen Jigarkhanyan) is the most famous and widely loved Armenian Russian actor found in movies.
You’ll hardly find any Armenian who will not know Armen Dzhigarkhanyan.
Moreover, if you ask Armenians about Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, they’ll get too enthusiastic and will start listing all his movies by heart.
This extremely talented actor has appeared with various roles in the movies with more than 250 appearances, which is a record number for any Armenian Russian actor.
Indeed, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan is the mostly loved and recognized actor, and his great fame is the plot of his talented and hardworking nature.
Early Life and Career of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan is a gifted actor of Russia and Armenia, including the Soviet period, screenwriter and the founder of Moscow Drama Theatre. He was born on 3 October 1935 in Yerevan.
Armen was even less than one, when his father, the head of the family left him and his mother. Dzhigarkhanyan was brought up by his mother and step-father, who was very caring to him. Armen graduated the school after Anton Chekhov in Yerevan.
The desire to become an artist came to Armen Dzhigarkhanyan in a rather early age.
Very often his decision was rather surprising for his teachers, as he was very good at Physics and Mathematics.
Being a rather smart pupil and a bright child, he was already pretty sure that was not going to make a career of a scientist or mathematician.
After the failed try he came back to Armenia and started working as a camera operator’s assistant at Hayfilm studio. This was the beginning of his professional career with successful future.
Personal Life of Dzhigarkhanyan
Personal Life of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan never let this actor get bored as well. He got married thrice. During his life, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan has faced quite a lot of tragedies and hardships.
One of them was the loss of his beloved daughter, who died at the age of 23 of suffocation at sleep, because of leaving the car engine running. Armen Jigarkhanyan is currently married and his third wife is 47 years younger than him.
This Armenian Russian actor played in more than 250 movies which is a record number for any artist. It’s even hard to imagine how he managed to do that, however, the fact is that he managed. Many sources even claim that Armen Dzhigarkhanyan is included in Guinnes World Records.
The number of awards, which Armen Dzhigarkhanyan has got during his professional career, is also uncountable including “People’s Artist of Russian SFSR”, “People’s Artist of Armenia”, “Order of Honor of Armenia”, etc.
Despite his age, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan continues to be devoted to his career and surprises his fans with new appearances in different movies.
Professional Career of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Armen Jigarkhanyan was admitted to Sundukyan State Academic Theatre in 1955. He studied in Armen Gulakyan’s class. He remembers and appreciates Armen Gulakyan very much and claims him to be the best teacher he ever had.
Later he started acting in Stanislavski Russian Theatre of Yerevan, where he remained about 10 years and played more that 30 roles. In 1967 he moved to Moscow and started his career in Lenkom theatre. Moving to Moscow gave him much more opportunities to become more successful and famous.
Sooner Armen Jigarkhanyan became one of the leading actors of Russian theatre. In 1969 he moved to Mayakovsky Theatre and remained there for 30 years.
Besides being an extremely talented actor, Armen Jigarkhanyan is also a good director. In 1996 he founded his own theatre named “Moscow Drama Theatre headed by Armen Dzhigarkhanyan”.
The theatre career of this brilliant Armenian Russian actor was perfectly combined with film career, where he appeared in different movies with most various roles.
Top 5 Films of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Extraordinary talent of Armen Jigarkhanyan let people both love and hate his characters of movies. He made audience laugh hard and cry bitterly and was never afraid of trying himself in various genres of movies.
Every role he played became widely loved and discussed. So, here are of the most famous movies, where he shines brightly with his talent once again.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Film #1: Hello, That’s Me!
Armen Jigarkhanyan’s career of a movie actor started from this movie, directed by highly talented director Frunze Dovlatyan. Movie “Hello, That’s Me!” brought fame to Armen Jigarkhanyan immediately.
He played the role of gifted physicist Artyom Manvelyan, perfectly reflecting his emotional state and feelings.
The memories of World War period and lost love are the main topics of the movie. The movie appeared to be very successful. The number of people who watched it in cinemas reached 10 million.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Film #2: Triangle
Another treasure of Armenian cinematography is directed by Armenian director Henrik Malyan. The movie is about life and friendship between 5 blacksmiths. The story is introduced to the audience through the eyes of a little boy, one of the blacksmith’s son.
The movie’s name comes from the smithery, which has a shape of triangle. Armen Jigarkhanyan played the role of a blacksmith called Usta Mukuch.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Film #3: Gikor
Gikor is one of the best Armenian movies based on Hovhannes Tumanyan’s novel of the same name. The movie depicts the life of a young boy who comes to a big city from his small village to earn his daily living. However, Gikor, the main hero of the movie was too young and naïve for hustle and bustle of city life.
The movie is full of heartbreaking scenes. In this movie Jigarkhanyan played the role of Bazaz Artem, the cunning trader for whom Gikor was working.
Bazaz Artem was rather cruel with the poor little boy. Some scenes are so heartbreaking that the audience fills with hatred towards the character of Bazaz Artem.
Armen Jigarkhanyan has never been afraid of playing negative roles, moreover, he did it so masterly, that those characters were remembered forever.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Film #4: A Bride from the North
A peculiar Armenian Russian Movie flavored with delicate humor and kindness. The film is featured with great composer Arno Babajanyan’s hits and the best Armenian Russian cast, including Armen Dzhigarkhanyan.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan plays Artak’s, the main character’s uncle’s role. Each word of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan from this movie has become a unique quotation for Armenians.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Film #5: The Lonely Nut-tree
The Lonely Nut-tree or in Armenian “Menavor Ynkuzeni” is another masterpiece created by Frunze Dovlatyan.
The main actions of movie are in Lernasar, a small and not developed village of Armenia. Being a village which has a rich history and culture, it is doomed to destruction, as all the younger generation is inclined to leaving the village.
Armen Jigarkhanyan plays Razmik’s, one of the villagers’ role in this movie. So, in this movie you can see him as a typical Armenian villager who has never been somewhere else but his native village, and doesn’t even think about it.
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