Ivan Ivanovich Krasko was born on September 23, 1930, in Vartemaki, Leningrad province, USSR. In 1953, he graduated from Navy School in Leningrad, then served as artillery officer in the Soviet Navy. In 1957 he was a member of amateur student theatre of Leningrad University. From 1957-1961 he studied acting with E. Time and B. Zon and graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography as an actor. Ivan Krasko made his film debut in Baltiyskoe nebo (1960).
From 1961-1965 Ivan Krasko worked under Georgi Tovstonogov at Bolshoi Drama Theatre (BDT) in Leningrad. There his stage partners were such stars as Kirill Lavrov, Tatyana Doronina, Oleg Basilashvili, Alisa Frejndlikh, Lyudmila Makarova, Zinaida Sharko, Valentina Kovel, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Oleg Borisov, Vladislav Strzhelchik, Yefim Kopelyan, Yevgeni Lebedev, Vadim Medvedev, Vsevolod Kuznetsov, Pavel Luspekayev, Sergei Yursky, Nikolai Trofimov, Georgi Shtil, and many other remarkable Russian actors.
Since 1965 Ivan Krasko has been a permanent member of the troupe at the Theatre of Komissarzhevskoi in St. Petersburg. There his stage partners were such actors as Galina Korotkevich, Tamara Abrosimova, Natalya Chetverikova, Natalya Danilova, Valentina Panina, Tatyana Samarina, Yelena Simonova, Aleksandr Galibin, Yefim Kamenetsky, Mikhail Khrabrov, Georgi Korolchuk, Stanislav Landgraf, Vladimir Osobik, Boris Sokolov, Pyotr Shelokhonov, and other notable Russian actors.
Ivan Krasko was designated People's Artist of Russia and was awarded for his works on stage and in film. He played more than 40 roles in film and television and also played over 100 roles on stage. Ivan Krasko has made memorable readings of Russian classic literature on many radio shows. He is currently residing in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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