Eldar Ryazanov

Eldar Ryazanov

Eldar Ryazanov after receiving the Order of Merit for the Fatherland award in 2008
Born Eldar Alexandrovich Ryazanov
(1927-11-18)18 November 1927[1]
Kuybyshev (now Samara), USSR
Died 30 November 2015(2015-11-30) (aged 88)
Moscow, Russia
Spouse(s) Emma Abaydullina

Eldar Alexandrovich Ryazanov (Russian: Эльда́р Алекса́ндрович Ряза́нов; 18 November 1927 – 30 November 2015) was a Russian film director and screenwriter whose popular comedies, satirizing the daily life of the Soviet Union and Russia, are celebrated throughout the former Soviet Union.[2][3]


He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1984, and received the USSR State Prize in 1977. He won the Nika Award for Best Director in 1991 for the film Promised Heaven.

Among his most famous films are Carnival Night (1955), Hussar Ballad (1962), Beware of the Car (1966), The Irony of Fate (1975), Office Romance (1977), The Garage (1979), and A Cruel Romance (1984). Ryazanov's main genre was tragicomedy.

Health and death

Ryazanov had an acute ischemic stroke in November 2014. He was admitted to a Moscow hospital on 21 November 2015 due to shortness of breath. He died around midnight on 30 November 2015, of heart and lung failure, at the age of 88.[1][4]

Honours and awards



  1. 1 2 "Умер Эльдар Рязанов" (in Russian). Lenta.ru. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. "Eldar Ryazanov Soviet comedy film giant dies". BBC News. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. Grimes, William (30 November 2015). "Eldar Ryazanov, Russian Film Director Known for His Satire, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. Shannon Baxter (30 November 2015). "Eldar Ryazanov: Film director whose light touch helped his comedies avoid attention from the Soviet censors". The Independent. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
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