Famous Russian actor Khmelnitsky passes away

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Moscow, Feb 17 (UNI) Famous Russian theatre and film actor Boris Khmelnitsky passed away after a long illnes.

He was 67, the Secretary to the Union of Filmmakers, Kim Lavrentyev told Itar-Tass news agency.

Khmelnitsky, who died yesterday, worked for years at Moscow's renowned Taganka Theatre. In 1961 he graduated from the Lvov music school and in 1996 from the Shchukin Theatre School.

In 1964 he joined the Taganka Drama and Comedy Theatre where he appeared in many popular productions and showed the best of his dramatic and musical talent. He wrote music for several films.

In 1966, Khmelnitsky started his career as a film actor. His first role was a soldier poet in Leonid Osyka's film 'He Who Comes Back Will Make Up for Missing Love'.

He also appeared in films such as 'The Red Tent' (1969), 'Robin Hood's Arrows' (1975), 'King Stakh's Wild Hunt' (1979), 'The Ballade of Valiant Knight Ivanhoe' (1983), and many others.

Khmelnitsky also acted in the American film 'Running on the Ice' and the Italian film 'Jonathan, a Friend of Bears'.

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