A favorite of many series “Matchmakers»Lasted on the screens for 13 years. The first series came out in 2008, and the last episode was shown on December 30, 2021. Not all the actors who starred in the show have survived to this time. Let’s remember the actors from “Matchmakers” who left this world.
1. Olga Aroseva
Olga Aroseva, a famous theater and film actress. Mrs. Monica in “Zucchini” 13 Chairs “, Detochkin’s bride in” Beware of the Car “, the collector in” Old Robbers “, the charismatic grandmother in” The Most Beautiful “- it’s all her. In Arosev’s “Matchmakers” played the mother of Olga Nikolaevna, Honored Teacher Lyudmila Stepanovna Koteeva. She appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the show. On October 13, 2013, the actress “Matchmaker” died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 88.
2. Galina Opanasenko
In 2013, another actress of “Matchmakers”, 70-year-old Galina Opanasenko, passed away. She played the role of Nikitichna, a fellow villager Budko, the one from whom Ivan and Mitya stole a goat in the sixth season. In total, the actress has more than 70 roles.
3. Vladimir Zeldin
On October 31, 2016, Olga Aroseva’s screen husband, Olga Nikolaevna’s father, passed away. Nikolai Nikolaevich Koteev was played by the People’s Artist, laureate of the Stalin Prize ll degree and the prize of the Government of the Russian Federation, full holder of the Order “For Merits to the Fatherland” Vladimir Zeldin. He acted in films from 1938 and lived to be 101 years old. The cause of death was called multiple organ failure.
4. Alexander Bondarenko
Alexander Bondarenko appeared as a taxi driver in the 6th season. In total, his filmography includes more than 40 works. Bondarenko died on January 29, 2013 right on stage. He read a monologue in the play “1001 Passion, or the Little Things of Life” when he became ill. The actor from “Matchmakers” died before the ambulance arrived at the age of 53.
5. Ivan Marchenko
In the 6th season, Bondarenko’s theater colleague also starred Ivan Marchenko. He got a small role in the project as a psychotherapist. He also played in “Mitya’s Fables”. Unfortunately, the artist died on March 1, 2021, shortly after his 43rd birthday from cancer (osteogenic sarcoma). Despite long treatment, the disease could not be defeated.
6. Anatoly Barchuk
Anatoly Barchuk played the role of Mitya’s matchmaker in the 3rd season of the show. He has acted since 1963, and in total in his filmography more than 90 roles. On June 7, 2015, the actor passed away after a long illness.
7. Oleg Trepovsky
Oleg Trepovsky also starred in the 3rd season of the show, played the director of the bakery where Budko works. He also appeared in the episode of the 6th season. On April 25, 2018, at the age of 53, the artist died.
8. Vladimir Turchinsky
In the first season of the series, Vladimir Turchinsky also appeared in the role of himself. It is to him that little Eugene turns for help – she asks him to buy a handset of the world to reconcile grandparents. On December 16, 2009, at the age of 47, the actor, showman and athlete died of a myocardial infarction.
9. Valentin Shestopalov
After leaving the project of Anatoly Vasilyev, Olga Nikolaevna’s new husband became Alexander Berkovich. Along with him, new characters appeared in the show, for example, a friend of San Sanych Victor Malakhov played by Valentin Shestopalov. The actor left this world on June 22, 2013 after a long illness. He was 65 years old.
Three actors who played cameo roles also passed away. He died in 2013 Anatoly Zezyulin, who played co-star Ivan Budko in the episode of the 3rd season. He died two years later Osip Naiduk, Prokhorov, one of the guests at the wedding of his son Mitya. In 2019 he passed away Boris Chernokulskyan elderly veteran on the bus from the 4th season.
Main photo: frame from the series “Matchmaker”