Armenian actors are generally very talented and most of them are famous not only among Armenians and in Armenia, but also world-wide, being stars in foreign movies and lots of drama.
Armenian actors are definitely very interesting and memorable artists. Movies, arts, drama become more and more popular and famous in the modern Armenians’ lives, that’s why more and more young people want to become actors, movie directors, painters and musicians and bring some fresh air into the Armenian movies field!
Although it is actors who get more fame and attention from the public, presently, there are several higher educational schools operating in Armenia that prepare good professionals in this sphere by qualifying them with the necessary skills.
It is mostly due to the enormous efforts, both by actors and such professional schools, that there are many great and genius Armenian actors who people love and cherish.
Below, you can find the top 10 worthy Armenian actors who ever lived and who are still active in or outside Armenia.
Armenian Actors #1: Mher Mkrtchyan (Frunzik)
Mher Mkrtchyan was a Soviet actor and is rightfully considered as one of the greatest Armenian actors of the Soviet period. Frunzik is his stage name and people still recognize him by that name. He was born on July 4, 1930 and passed away on December 29, 1993 at the age of 63.
Before beginning his cinema career in 1955, Mher Mkrtchyan actually performed in theater and successfully staged several performances. He was an actor of both dramatic and comedy genres.
People say even though Frunzik had a very tough life and had to go through many hardships, he was able to play comedy roles so that everyone would forget their problems.
This was his uniqueness: being a very humble, and sometime sad person he was able to make people laugh heartily. All of his phrases from his movies have become famous sayings people use everyday.
Armenian Actors #2: Sos Sargsyan
Sos Sargsyan was another very prominent Armenian actor, who was also a director and a writer. He was born on October 24, 1929 and passed away on September 26, 2013. His death was a day of national mourning, as everyone was grieving the loss of the favorite actor.
Sos, just like Frunzik, was a favorite and beloved actor of the people, everyone loved him and his movies, though he usually played more dramatic roles, both on stage in the theater and in the movies.
Besides from acting, Sos Sargsyan participated in the first presidential elections held in Armenia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even though he was not elected as a president, he continued to enjoy the public love.
From 1997 to 2006 Sos Sargsyan was the rector of the Yerevan Cinema and Theater Institute. Also, he established the Hamazgayin (Pan-Armenian) theater in 1991 and stayed as its head until his death.
Armenian Actors #3: Armen Jigarkhanyan
Armen Jigarkhanyan was born in 1935 in Armenia (part of USSR then). He has been very successful as an actor both in Armenia and Russia (after the collapse of the Soviet Union). He has starred in various movies, as well as theater performances.
What is special about this actor is that his name is included is in the Guinness Book of Records as a post-Soviet (currently living and acting in Russia) actor who has played the largest amount of roles in various movies.
Armen Jigarkhanyan also voices foreign movies and cartoons in Russia, and his voice has become so distinct and memorable that some people even consider it to be a separate living brand. He voiced the Carl (the old man) from the cartoon, Up, who actually looks like him (http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Carl_Fredricksen).
Even though Armen is 80 years old now, he got married last year with a 30 year old woman, and this news got huge resonance both in Russia and Armenia. But by no means can this news put any negative shadow on his achievements as an actor.
Armenian Actors #4: Sos Janibekyan
Sos is a young and promising actor, who was born on April 8, 1988. Sos is from a family of great actors, his grandfather, Karen Janibekyan, was a very famous and loved actor, who died last year, in 2015.
Sos definitely got after his grandfather in terms of his talent. He plays both in movies and in theater, but he is mainly famous for his roles in the movies. He also took part in a few Armenian TV series.
Sos is not only very talented but he is also very handsome. Girls go crazy for him. Considering the fact that he is only 28 years old and not married, he makes hundreds of thousands of his fans go crazy!
Armenian Actors #5: Khoren Levonyan
Khoren Levonyan is also another very famous and young actor. He was born on September 16, 1983 in Yerevan. Khoren, too, has a very prominent actor grandfather, Khoren Abrahamyan.
His career started with the movie “Big story in a Small City” where he was playing the friend of the main hero. It is from this movie everyone started noticing the new star.
Khoren is married and has a son. Despite this fact, he has a large fan club consisting mainly of girls and women and this is not surprising, given his handsome face and body.
Armenian Actors #6: Ani Yeranyan
We have already talked about Ani in the list of top Armenian girls. So, Ani is not only a very beautiful girl with impressively large and black eyes, but she is also a very talented young actress who is loved and cherished by thousands of fans both in and outside of Armenia.
Ani is famous for the movies she has taken part in, she also played roles in a few Armenian TV series, where she was very successful. Her roles are both dramatic and comedy. She is a universal actress.
Armenian Actors #7: Angela Sarafyan
Angela Sarafyan, also credited as Sarafian, is an Armenian American actress, who was born in Yerevan on June 30, 1983, but later moved to the United States with her family at the age of four.
Angela has been very successful in her career as an actress, and starred in various TV series as well as movies. One of the most famous is perhaps, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, where she played the vampire Tia.
After that, Angela also starred in the Armenian movie called “Lost and Found in Armenia”, which is a comedy, and is very funny. You should definitely check it out, as Angela is just wonderful there!
Armenian Actors #8: Mkrtich Arzumanyan (Mko)
Mkrtich Arzumanyan, known to the public as Mko, is a very popular Armenian humorist, actor, producer, as well as a showman. He was born in Gyumri (the cultural capital of Armenia) on August 10, 1976. Currently, Mkrtich is married and has two children.
During his career, Mko has starred over 10 movies, television shows so far. The most popular TV project he has been engaged in was the comedy program ”Kargin Haghordum” (translated as “Quite a good program”). After that, he has played roles in other famous movies and TV series as well.
The latest movie Mko has played in is “Run away or get married”, where he is starring with a famous Armenian singer, Eurovision song contest participant Iveta Mukuchyan!
Armenian Actors #9: Yervand Yengibaryan
Yervand (born in 1983) was a very promising, very handsome young actor that people loved very much. He was very popular despite his young age. Yervand played both in theater and in cinema. Even though majority of his roles were dramatic, he was pretty good at comedy genra, too.
He also starred in one of the first Armenian TV series “Three Friends” (“Yereq Enker”) where he was playing the main hero.
Unfortunately, his life and successful career were cut short by a shocking car accident… He was only 30 years old then. If it were not for the car accident, Yervand would have been one of the greatest nowadays Armenian actors.
Armenian Actors #10: Nazeni Hovhannisyan
Nazeni is a famous Armenian actor, TV host, as well as a lecturer in Yerevan State Theater and Cinema Institute.
Nazeni is also young and beautiful, she has a very successful career as an actress, and has hosted various TV show on Armenian TV. People love her for her energy, intellect, uniqueness and positive vibes.
Nazeni has starred in around ten Armenian movies, and in a few of them she has been playing a love affair with already mentioned young actor Khoren Levonyan, and this is why people thought they were in a relationship, but these turned out to be just rumors.
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