Oleg Dal (Олег Даль, 1941-1981)
Actor and director, born 25.05.1941 in Moscow, Russia. In 1959, entered the Shchepkin Theatre School and became a student of Boris Babochkin and Nikolai Annenkov. Since 1963, worked at the Sovremennik Theatre (Современник). Worked at the Lenkom Theatre, and lived in Leningrad (1971-1973). In 1974, returned to Moscow and got 4 roles at the Sovremennik Theatre. Made his debut in theatre directing by staging Princess and Lumberman. In 1975, OD encounters director Anatoly Efros, and in 1976 transfers to the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre. On 11.11.1980 he was admitted to Malyj Teatr, but only played one show there on 31.12.1981 - in the role of    
Alex in the adaptaion of Yuri Bondarev's novel The Shore.
His first appearence in film is the intellectual guttersnipe Alik Cramer in Aleksandr Zarkhi's film My Younger Brother (1962). Among his most significant parts are the two played in 1967 - Zhenya Kolyshkin in Vladimir Motyl's film Zhenya, Zhenechka and Katyusha (based on a novel by Bulat Okudzhava) and Yevgeni Sobolevski in Naum Birman's film Chronicles of a Dive-Bomber. Distinguished characters - Fool in Grigori Kozintsev's film King Lear (1970), Zilov in Vitali Melnikov's film Vacation in September (1979), leading role in Yevgeni Tatarsky's film The Adventures of Prince Florisel (1979), a.o.
OD was very exacting towards the work, in 1974-1976 he refused from unfit parts in films by Eldar Ryazanov, Leonid Gaidai, Dinara Asanova; finally, due to Oleg Dal's whims, an unwritten law was established in the Mosfilm studio not to film him for 3 years. Played the total of 28 parts, last of which - Viktor Sviridov in Leonid Maryagin's film The Uninvited Friend (1981). Delivered dramatics classes in the VGIK (1980-1981). OD died in Kiev 3.03.1981. After his death, miscellanies of his correspondence, diares and memories have been published four times.