Russia's actor Mikhail Derzhavin passes away

Russia's actor Mikhail Derzhavin passes away

Russia's comic actor Mikhail Derzhavin, widely beloved for his roles in numerous iconic films of the Soviet era, has passed away today at the age of 81.

Derzhavin died on January 10, the Moscow Academic Theater Of Satire announced in a brief Facebook post. It did not give the cause of death.

Born in Moscow on June 15, 1936, Derzhavin started his career as a theater actor in 1959.

He was lauded for his stage performances but better known for roles in more than 40 Soviet movies, including They Were The First, Three Men In A Boat Not Counting The Dog, and My Sailor Girl, RFE/RL writes.

Derzhavin shot to fame as host of a wildly popular satirical TV show, Little Cafe 13 Chairs, from 1967 to 1980.

The Satire Theater, as it is known for short, said on Facebook that a funeral announcement would be made later.