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Sad comedian Frunzik Mkrtchyan would have turned 89 years old. People’s artist of the USSR named in honor of civil war hero Michael Frunze. Parents believed that he will be happy and famous, tells the correspondent of TV channel “MIR 24” Nona Hovhannisyan.
Favorite actor quote for several generations. Originally in the script of the film “Mimino” Rubik Khachikian was not. That all changed when someone remembered the friendly rivalry between Armenians and Georgians. Many of the scenes are invented right on the set. For the role of the resourceful chauffeur Frunzik received the national award of the Soviet Union.
“The film “Mimino” is associated exclusively with childhood. I remember how my family gathered and spent hours repeating the phrase Frunzik Mkrtchyan. I think that there is no Armenian who doesn’t love movies with Frunzik Mkrtchyan. It is indeed an outstanding person, a great Armenian and an actor,” says the resident of Yerevan Anna Khachatryan.
His career Frunzik Mkrtchyan started as a boy. In his native Leninakan organized short improvised performances. The first audience was family and friends. Already on the second year came to him great recognition. The teacher gave the student a role. So Mkrtchyan played Aesop. All who knew the actor, I remember: it was a man with a capital letter.
“It was a Holy man! He was capable of sacrifice: to help, to share the difficulties of a friend or foe – all the same! It was a very noble man”, says the composer Tigran Mansurian.
Famous comedian of the Soviet Union was rather sad role. His own life was like a drama. Beloved wife Donara was sick. Severe mental disorder inherited by the son Vazgen. This was a major blow.
“The drama of Frunzik Mkrtchyan was not fully used. He was always perceived as an actor of Comedy, but it was a big, powerful, deep drama. It would be interesting to use this in more complicated films,” said actor Armen Marutyan.
Two days before the new 1994 on 63-m to year of life Mkrtchyan died from a heart attack. It was a tragedy of national scale: the funeral of Frunzik people walk from different cities of Armenia. Each was important to say goodbye to a legend: the sad person who could make laugh anyone.