Donatas Banionis was a Lithuanian actor. He has more than 80 credited roles in cinema and is best known for his performance in the lead role of Tarkovsky’s Solaris as Kris Kelvin. He was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. Banionis began his career with some films in Lithuanian, but he would later play mainly in Russian language films. He has also worked outside the USSR like in the title role Francisco Goya of the USSR-GDR coproduction Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment, directed by Konrad Wolf and in the title role as Ludwig van Beethoven in the 1976 DEFA-production Beethoven – Tage aus einem Leben. Aside from films, he was a popular stage actor in Panevėžys, where he acted since the age of 17, and which was frequented by Donatas’ fans from all over the former Soviet Union. His first teacher was Juozas Miltinis. He acted in Vilnius, in the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.
|Born:||Apr 28, 1924, Kaunas, Lithuania|
|Died:||Sept 4, 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania|
|IMDb:||Donatas Banionis’s IMDb|
About Donatas Banionis
Lithuanian and Soviet actor best known for his performance in the lead role of Solaris. He also appeared in 1971’s King Lear and 1987’s Cry of the Dolphin.
He began his career acting in Lithuanian and Soviet films.
In addition to films, he also appeared in many theater productions.
He was married to Ona Konkuleviciute.
He starred in Solaris, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
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- Lithuanian theatre directors
- Lithuanian male stage actors
- 20th-century Lithuanian male actors
- People of the KGB
- Lithuanian male film actors
- Ninth convocation members of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union
- Recipients of the Lithuanian National Prize
- Soviet male film actors
- Recipients of the Order of Friendship
- Recipients of the USSR State Prize
- People’s Artists of the USSR
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