Born in Moscow in May 26, 1908. His father was Russian and his mother Greek. His first contact with theatre was in 1922, when he was hired as an extra at the Marinski Theatre of St. Petersburg. He developed his skills in a theatre studio (1924) and the following year he entered a drama school from which he graduated after two years (1927). In early 1965, he published the well-known play THE PROMISE which was performed the same year in 66 Russian theatres (1636 performances). Died April 20. 1986.