Russia, Yaroslavl region on Tuesday died Lithuanian actor and director Sergejus Puskepalis. He was 56 years old.
A man and a driver were driving a van that collided with a tractor-trailer. The day before, S. Puskepalis published a video in which he said that he would support the occupiers, rbc.ru reported. The death of the artistic director of the Yaroslavl F. Volkov Theater is also reported on the theater’s website.
The governor of the Yaroslavl region, Mikhail Yevrayev, told reporters that he had recently met S. Puskepal. “We saw him yesterday. He was smiling as always. Very positive, very energetic,” said the politician, who called the director’s death a great loss for the entire country.
It is reported that S. Puskepalis was driving a car “Ford Transit’, which collided with a tractor-trailer. The actor and another person who was driving the car were killed. Tow truck driver suffered injuries. The car accident happened on September 20, around 11 a.m. local time in the Rostov region.
In a van, S. Puskepalis and the driver were transporting support for the Russian occupiers in Ukraine. In the video filmed near the car, S. Puskepalis said: “Tomorrow we will move, Special Operations [vešim] camouflages…”
He called himself Lithuanian
S. Puskepalis was born in 1966 in Kursk, in the family of Lithuanian geologist Vytautas Puskepalis and a Bulgarian woman from Transnistria. He spent his childhood in Bilibin (Chyuchi). At the age of 14 family moved to Saratov.
He started his career as a film actor in 2003 with a cameo role in the movie “Walk”. Three years later, he created the main role of an anesthesiologist dissatisfied with life in the film “Simple Things”. S. Puskepalis won the best actor prizes for this role at the Kinotauro and Karlovy Vary festivals. In 2008, he was awarded the Russian Cinema Award bonus Nika.
S. Puskepalis was pushed into acting by a theater group operating in the militia of the city of Saratov, which he started attending as a teenager. Fascinated by acting, 15-year-old Sergey entered the Saratov Theater School. S. Puskepalius has also had the opportunity to work with young Lithuanian actresses Severija Janušauskaite (Timūrs Alpatov’s TV series “The Godfather”) and Vilma Kutavičiūta (Aleksejus Uchitel’s the movie “Eight”).
The actor has repeatedly stated that he considers himself Lithuanian. “My father, as befits a Lithuanian, was restrained, but emotional, and my mother simply exuded the joy of life. Which one is more in me? I can burst into flames when faced with stupidity. All other human failings are correctable, but stupidity is infuriating. Especially when they are like that people occupy high positions”, said S. Puskepalis.
A few years ago, the actor visited Vilnius. Then he was happy that relations with relatives living in Girkalny, Raseiniai district, had strengthened. He spent his childhood summers in this town with his grandmother.
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