Veteran Armenian Actor Wins Top Theater Prize in Moscow

Veteran Armenian Actor Wins Top Theater Prize in Moscow


Armen Jigharkhanyan

A revered Armenian actor who starred in dozens of popular Soviet movies and now runs a theater in Moscow has won the Highest Theater Prize of the Russian capital, according to a news agency report.

The Moscow Prize “Crystal Turandot” is awarded to Armen Jigarkhanyan, 74, in the most prestigious category -- “For Devoted Service to the Theater, for Honor and Dignity”, reports Itar-Tass.

Jigarkhanyan, a native of Yerevan, began his acting career at the Russian Stanislavsky Theater in 1955. He moved to Moscow in 1967 and rose to all-Soviet prominence soon due to appearing in a number of popular Soviet movies. In 1985, Jigarkhanyan was given the title of People’s Artist of the USSR – the highest status of recognition for an actor in the former Soviet Union.

The 19th annual Crystal Turandot award ceremony is due to take place on June 20. The organizers have not yet revealed the names of the laureates in other prize categories.