Alexander Kaidanovsky (Александр Кайдановский, 1946-1995)
Actor and director born 23.07.1946 in Rostov-on-Don. After graduating form primary school, he entered a technical college in Dnepropetrovsk where he was training to become a welder. In 1961, he enrolled in the Rostov School of Art. In 1965, he started studying acting at The Rostov Theatre School and then transferred to the Schukin Institute in Moscow. As a 2nd year student, he made his acting debut in Irina Povolotskaya's film The Mysterious Wall (1967), which was followed by Anna Karenina (1967, dir. Aleksandr Zarkhi)      
and First Love (1968, dir. Vasili Ordynsky).
After graduation, AK worked at Vakhtangov Theatre (1969-1972), and started appearing in films, with his first notable role being the lead in Nikita Mikhalkov's civil war drama At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home (1974). His 29th role was Stalker in Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker (1979), and then he attended Tarkovsky's writing seminar.
His study work included films A Garden (1983), Iona (1984) and diploma work A Simple Death (1985, after a novel by Leo Tolstoy, awarded at Malaga Festival in Spain, 1988), which were also screened at the 1st Arsenāls IFF (1986). His other films - The Guest (1987, after J.L.Borges), Kerosene Salesman's Wife (1988) and Maestro (1991) - have also been included in the Arsenāls RIFF program. AK keeps on writing his scripts and starrs in films (total of 50 film roles), directs music videos for bands Alphaville and Akvarium, and scores a couple of animation films. In 1994, he starts his scriptwriting workshop at the VGIK, becomes a member of the jury at the Cannes IFF.
Alexander Kaidanovsky dies 3.12.1995. His friend, director Yevgeni Tsymbal made film Stalker's Dreams (1998) and compiled book Alexander Kaidanovsky in Memories and Photographs (2002).