23 April 1889
Ivan Bersenyev was born
The future actor of Moscow Art Theatre and artistic director of Lenkom Theatre was born in Moscow, but spent his childhood and youth in Kiev. There he graduated from the famous First Gymnasium, where future famous writers Mikhail Bulgakov and Konstantin Paustovsky were his schoolmates. In the eighth grade, Ivan entered Yevgeny Lepkovsky Drama School. High school students were forbidden to perform on stage, and the young actor changed his real name Pavlishchev to the pseudonym Bersenyev.