Dmitriy Dyuzhev – Russian theater and film actor, film director. The Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Dyuzhev was born on 9 July, 1978 in Astrakhan. National Artist of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, actor at Moscow Art Theater named after Chekhov. At the age of 17 he graduated from the School of Gifted Children and entered GITIS, the directing department (acting group) of Mark Zakharov’s workshop. He graduated from RATI-GITIS in 1999 and was accepted as part of the troupe at the Moscow Youth Theater. Dmitriy Dyuzhev made his debut in Twenty Four Hours film by Alexander Atanessyan. Dmitriy became famous in Brigada (or The Law of the Lawless), Alexey Sidorov’s film. Playing the role of gangster Simon in the Alexey Balabanov’s black comedy Blind Man’s Buff brought him recognition from film critics. This role was awarded at Kinotavr, Sochi Open Russian Film Festival in 2005. Dyuzhev shot the short film Brother and I, which took the Main Prize at the Reflection Festival and Special Prize of Artkino, the Moscow Festival for author’s short meter. He became the winner of Two Stars, the vocal television contest with Tamara Gverdtsiteli.