Alexander Godunov was a Russian American film actor and ballet dancer. He was a member of the Bolshoi Ballet and became the main dancer in the troupe. He was known for his role in Die Hard, Witness, and The Money Pit.
Alexander Godunov's Early Life
Alexander Borisovich Godunov was born on 28th November 1949, in Sakhalin, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, RSFSR, USSR. He was the elder child of Boris Godunov and Lidia Nicholaevna Studentova. He has a younger brother.
He belongs to White ethnicity and his birth sign of Sagittarius.
Alexander Godunov's Career as a Dancer
Alexander began ballet at the age of nine in 1958. His mother remarked that putting him in ballet to prevent him from becoming a hooligan. In 1971, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet and become a main dancer in the troupe.
Furthermore, he won a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. He later joined the American Ballet Theatre formed by his classmate Mikhail Baryshnikov and worked as a principal dancer until 1982.
Godunov established his own dance group and traveled the world and performed as a guest artist with a number of prominent ballet troupes. Then he began to work as an actor in Hollywood.
Alexander Godunov's Career in Film
Russian actor started his career in 1970 with Russian film Carmen Syuta and played two more movies Anna Karenina in 1975 and 31 Iyunya in 1978. Having worked in just 3 movies, he well-established himself as an actor in Russia.
After coming back to America, he worked as a dancer in a ballet troupe. Later, he resumed his acting career, this time in the American film industry. His debut film was Witness in 1985; in the film, he worked with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis.
In his second movie, The Money Pit, in 1986, he shared a screen with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long. He worked with Bruce Willis in action thriller film Die Hard in 1988, where he portrayed the lead character Karl Vreski.
His last feature film The Zone which was released in 1995.
Alexander Godunov's Relationship History
Alexander Godunov was married to Soviet ballet dancer Lyudmila Losifovna Vlasova in 1971. He and his wife performed ballet together. As a performer, the couple had multiple trips to America.
While living in the U.S, Alexander Godunov began a romantic relationship with English actress Jacqueline Bisset in 1981. He had an affair with her while he was still in a marital relationship with his wife, Lyudmila Vlasova.
They had 7 years of relationship and later in 1988, the couple went on their separate ways.
Alexander Godunov's Death
Alexander Godunov died on 18th May 1995 due to complications from hepatitis caused by chronic alcoholism. He was found dead in his home at West Hollywood. His ashes were released into the Pacific and no relative attended his final rituals.
Alexander Godunov's Net Worth
Alexander Godunov was a fabulous dancer and actor. As he worked as the main dancer in Russia and America, he must have a net worth in million. But the exact amount is unavailable.
The average ballet dancer's salary is estimated to be around $15,080 to $26,419. Likewise, a midlevel dancer earns $50,000-$58,000 a year. We can assume he earned more than this amount as he worked as the lead dancer.
As an actor, his first three movies in Hollywood earned well at the box office; Die Hard made $140.8 million at the box office despite a budget of $28 million.
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