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Date of Birth: 1949 , November-28
Date of Death: 1995 , May-18
Height: 6 Feet
Name Alexander Godunov
Birth Name Alexander Borisovich Godunov
Nick Name Shasha
Father Boris Godunov
Mother Lidia Nicholaevna Studentova
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin,
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor, Ballet Dancer, Ballet Coach
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Girlfriend Jacqueline Bisset (1981–1988)
Married Yes
Married to Lyudmila Vlasova
Children No
Divorce Yes
Online Presence No
Movies Witness, Witness, Witness, Witness, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, North, The Zone
Siblings 1 Siblings
Died May 18, 1995 (aged 45)

Quick Timeline of Alexander Godunov

1949 Born in Sakhalin, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, RSFSR, USSR
1970 Debuted in Carmen Syuta
1971 Married to Lyudmila Vlasova
1985 Debuted in Hollywood from Witness
1987 Got American Citizenship
1995 Died in West Hollywood, California, U.S.

Detail Timeline of Alexander Godunov

November 28 , 1949

Born in Sakhalin, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, RSFSR, USSR

Russian actor was born in Sakhalin, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, RSFSR, USSR. He belonged to White ethnicity with the birth sign of Sagittarius.


Debuted in Carmen Syuta

Debuted in the movie Carmen Syuta in the role of Jose in 1970, he also appeared in other 2 Russian movies.


Married to Lyudmila Vlasova

He was married to the Soviet ballet dancer Lyudmila Iosifovna Vlasova in 1971, he lived with her for 11 years and divorced in 1982.


Debuted in Hollywood from Witness

Actor Alexander Godunov debuted in Hollywood alongside the actor Harrison Ford in the movie Witness. He later worked in 6 movies before he died.


Got American Citizenship

After many struggles in the past, the actor finally got the citizenship of the U.S. in 1987 and worked in Hollywood as an actor.

May 18 , 1995

Died in West Hollywood, California, U.S.

He died of complications from hepatitis due to chronic alcoholism on 18th May 1995. His ashes were released into the Pacific.


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.

Alexander CAPTION: Alexander Godunov with his Ex-wife Lyudmila Vlasova
However, following Vlasova's defection from the US by USSR, Alexander had conflicts with her choice to live in the US as she felt she was too Russian to live in the US.
The conflicts in the couple's choice to settle down in different parts of the world apparently created conflicts in their relationship. They divorced in 1982. 

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.

Alexander CAPTION: Alexander and his Ex-girlfriend Jacqueline 

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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