Rolan Antonovich Bykov (Ukrainian: Рола́н Анто́нович Би́ков, Rolan Antonovych Bykov; Russian: Рола́н Анто́нович Бы́ков; November 12, 1929, Kiev – October 6, 1998, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian actor, film director, script writer, poet, song writer. He was awarded People’s Artist of the RSFSR in 1973 and the USSR State Prize in 1986.
Rolan Bykov was born to a Jewish family in Kiev.
He was born Rolan Antonovich Bykov, but in his official documents the name consistently was, following an official’s mistake in 1946, misspelt as Roland Anatolyevich (a patronymic from a different name; Bykov’s father was Anton and not Anatoly). As an actor, however, he always was called Rolan Bykov and never Roland. —Wikipedia
A man of tremendous talent and great depth. He was sublime commentator on children and childhood and touched us in many film genres. His talent shall always shine. Just a few more movies that deserve to be up there (not to be limited to these): Po semeynym obstoyatelstvam (1977) The Overcoat (1959) Priklyucheniya Buratino (1975)
Rolan Bykov (1929 - 1998) a prolific Russian character actor, director, writer and activist. Among his acting credits: the heartbreaking performance as the Jester in Tarkovsky's "Andrey Rublev". It should be added to the cast credits on The Auteurs, as should the film be added to his filmography, above.To this day, he is considered, by his fans in Russia, to be the best director of kids movies, notably "The Scarecrow" (1983), and "Aybolit-66" (1966), he also wrote and acted in both. In 1989 he created the All-Union Center of Film and TV for Children and Youth, now the International Fund for the Development of Film and TV for Children and Youth named in his honor. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0125909/