Born on August 10, 1940 in Moscow.
He graduated from the theater school. Schukin (1961).
In the years 1961-1962. - actor of the Kuibyshev Drama Theater. From 1962 to 1985 - an actor of the Taganka Theater. From 1985 to 1987 - in the troupe of the Sovremennik Theater. From 1987 to 1998 - an actor of the Taganka Theater. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has been producing dramatic and opera performances in Russia and abroad.
He currently teaches acting at US universities.
Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, director, screenwriter, writer, laureate of the Tsarskoye Selo Art Prize (2009). Rejected the proposed title People's Artist of Russia.