We’ve got a bunch of reasons to consider Dmitriy Nagiev an awesome actor and thus decided to devote a whole article to the most beloved ‘Gym teacher’ in Russia.

ON ORIGIN AND CHILDHOOD

Dmitriy’s descent has mixed roots: his grandfather, Ghulam Nagiev, emigrated from Iran to Turkmenistan at the age of 9; Dmitriy’s paternal grandmother, Gertruda Zopke, was half-German, half-Latvian and danced in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

Future actor and showman grew up in a modest family and his only happy childhood memory is an old bicycle which Dmitriy’s father gave him for birthday. In primary school, classmates used to bully little Dmitriy because of his excess weight and the boy decided to do martial arts. At the age of 17, he became Master of Sports in wrestling. As a high school student, Dmitriy used to trade smuggled goods and was repeatedly arrested for this illegal activity. After the last detention, he was given a choice of going to prison or army.

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ON CAREER PATH, RUTHLESSNESS, AND ACTING WORKAHOLISM

After army Dmitriy Nagiev studied acting skills in Russian State Institute of Performing Arts and upon graduation joined ‘Время’ theater and worked as a DJ on radio and in nightclubs. In the period of 1991-1995, Nagiev performed several roles in a comedy sketch show ‘Осторожно, Модерн!’ In 1997, a film director Alexander Nevzorov invited him for the role of a

Осторожно модерн - Дмитрий Нагиев

Chechen terrorist in his upcoming war film ‘Чистилище’. This role became a breakthrough in Dmitri's acting career.

Following the success of ‘Чистилище’, Nagiev appeared in sequel ‘Осторожно, Модерн 2’, took the roles of crime kingpins in police series ‘Каменская’, ‘Русский спецназ’, ‘Охота на изюбря’, and ‘Нулевой километр’.

Чистилище - Дмитрий Нагиев

Between the shootings of TV series, Dmitriy hosted popular TV shows like ‘Время денег’, ‘Окна’, ‘Дом’, and ‘Большие гонки’. He is also a current and only presenter of singer contest shows ‘Voice’ and ‘Voice. Children’.

The actor's popularity soared during the last 3 years after successful roles in comedy projects by STS and TNT TV channels: ‘Gym teacher’ series were viewed by every third Russian citizen aged from 14 to 44; in ‘Two Dads and Two Sons’ Nagiev played an actor in decline, and in ‘Kitchen’ (6 seasons) he appeared in a more than episodic cameo role.

Физрук - Дмитрий Нагиев

Despite Dmitriy’s busy schedule full of TV shows and series, he also lands feature film roles. Some of the latest are male lead in ‘Самый лучший день’ and the role of a sculptor Maxim in ‘Одной левой’. In 2015 only, Nagiev starred in 6 films, 2 of which were animated.

Apart from TV and films, Dmitriy also keeps up his stage acting: the play ‘Kisya’ in which he performs role of a cat with a net shirt on, is considered the biggest box-office hit in Russia, while in Leo Rahlin’s ‘Эротикон’ the actor plays 6 characters.

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Самый лучший день -  Дмитрий Нагиев

And that’s yet not the end of Nagiev’s creative legacy: since 1993, his voice sounds on radio stations ‘Радиорулетка’, ‘Модерн’, and ‘Петербург-Ностальжи’ radio as well asl in shows ‘Шутки на ‘Питер FM’ and ‘Шутки на “Русское радио’.

ON ACTING SKILLS

A 26-year career in theater, film and television has built up a list of pretty multifaceted performances. Nagiev is an actor-impersonation, who equally well advertises dried plums, plays fat man in ‘Мужчина с гарантией’, and host a children's singer show. Here’s how the actor described the diversity of his roles in an interview to esquire.ru magazine: ‘I try to play every role well, and, thank God, they have all been different.’

WATCH-LIST:

  • Serious, dramatic performance in ‘Чистилище’;
  • Nostalgy and roguish jokes in ‘Физрук’;
  • A comedy approach to the problem of alcoholism in karaoke-film ‘Самый лучший день’.