15 December 1981
Mikhail Zharov died
The 82-year-old actor died of peritonitis in hospital, at home he had left a note on his desk: "Do not touch anything, I will be back soon." The entire country knew him and loved him for his film roles. Still all his life Zharov worked for theatre. The last forty years for Maly Theatre. In his youth, he acted with Vsevolod Meyerhold and Alexander Tairov. For many years, Zharov was the public head of the Central House of Actors. Later, Margarita Eskina, who replaced him, called Mikhail Zharov “a guardian angel of this place,” who had helped many people.