Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
Although many articles on Mikhail Baryshnikov have described the melancholy look in his eyes and attributed it to his exile from Mother Russia, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the ten years spent in ... Read more »
Born: 01/27/1948 in Riga, LV

Filmography

Actor (46)

Doll & Em 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rehearsing a Dream 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex and the City 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Le Mystere Babilee 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Company Business 1991 (Movie)

Pyiotr Grushenko (Actor)

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991 (Movie)

Cesar (Actor)

The Presidential Inaugural Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrating Gershwin 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

David Gordon's Made in U.S.A. 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Baryshnikov on Broadway 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancers 1987 (Movie)

Tony Sergeyev (Actor)

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

That's Dancing! 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Performer

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

Nikolai "Kolya" Rodchenko (Actor)

The Magic of Dance 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney... One Man's Dream 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Performer

When I Think of Russia 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Ballet Theatre 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nutcracker 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Giselle 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Yuri (Actor)

Baryshnikov At The White House (TV Show)

Himself
Other (3)

Dancers 1987 (Movie)

choreography("Giselle") (Choreographer)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

choreography("Aurora's Wedding" "Le Corsaire") (Choreographer)

Biography

Although many articles on Mikhail Baryshnikov have described the melancholy look in his eyes and attributed it to his exile from Mother Russia, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the ten years spent in his homeland were the most frustrating of his life, as the artist in him chafed against the rigidness of the Soviet state. Born in Riga, Latvia to Russian parents (his curt, cold father was a soldier of occupation), Baryshnikov ostensibly began his life in exile. His mother, who introduced him to ballet at the age of 9, committed suicide when he was 12, causing him to fall back completely on himself to develop the singular focus of the committed dancer. The purity of his ballet technique, the virtuosity of his split leaps and cyclonic pirouettes that did not compromise it and the fullness of his ambition combined to make Baryshnikov the preeminent dancer of the late 20th Century. His appearances in movies and his high-profile romances heightened his allure and turned him into the first electronic-media ballet star, his fame surpassing that of the ground-breaking Rudolph Nureyev, who had preceded him.

Relationships

Vladimir

Half-Brother
son from Aleksandra's first marriage born c. 1940 discovered mother's suicide

Nikolai Baryshnikov

Father
Russian sent to Riga, Latvia to teach military topography in the Air Force academy remarried after Aleksandra's suicide

Aleksandra Baryshnikov

Daughter
born c. 1981 lives with mother Jessica Lange

Anna Baryshnikov

Daughter
born on May 22, 1992 mother, Lisa Rinehart

Sofia-Luisa Baryshnikov

Daughter
born on May 24, 1994 mother, Lisa Rinehart

Peter Baryshnikov

Son
born c. 1989 mother, dancer Lisa Rinehart

Gelsey Kirkland

Companion
left New York City Ballet to become his partner at American Ballet Theatre no longer together

Aleksandra Kiseleva

Mother
Russian hanged herself when Baryshnikov was 12

Jessica Lange Actor

Companion
Introduced in 1976 by Milos Forman at a party thrown by Buck Henry Began dating in 1976 Broke up in 1982

Natalia Makarova

Companion
Kirov's rising young ballerina defected while company was performing in London in 1970 no longer together at time of defection

Lisa Rinehart

Companion
mother of three of Baryshnikov's children ballerina with the American Ballet Theater

Janine Turner Actor

Companion
dated

EDUCATION

Vaganova Choreographic Institute

Kirov Ballet's school; admitted at age 16; studied under Alexander Pushkin for three years

Riga School of Choreography

Riga
began studying at age of 11; studied four years with Juris Kapralis

Milestones

1990

Co-founded White Oak Dance Project (modern dance) with Mark Morris; named after his philanthropist friend Howard Gilman who built him a rehearsal studio at the Gilman Foundation's White Oak Plantation (FL); tours four months out of the year, and if perfor

1989

Broadway acting debut, starring as Gregor Samsa in "Metamorphosis", adapted from the Franz Kafka novel by Steven Berkoff; earned a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Play

1986

Became a naturalized American citizen on July 3rd

1982

Starred in the ABC variety special "Baryshnikov in Hollywood"

1980

Headlined the acclaimed variety special "Baryshnikov on Broadway" (ABC)

1977

Film acting debut (also choreographer) in "The Turning Point"; received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1977

Choreographed and starred in the CBS TV production of "The Nutcracker"

1974

Defected to Canada

1974

Member of the American Ballet Theater

1967

Professional dance debut with Kirov Ballet in the "Peasant Pas de Deux" from "Giselle" at age 19

Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre (also principal dancer to 1985); had given notice that he would leave in 1990, but quit when they went over his head and fired his second-in-command, Charles France

Danced with the Kirov in Soviet Union and on tour

Moved to George Balanchine's New York City Ballet; learned 20-odd roles, perhaps most notably "Apollo" and "Prodigal Son"

Bonus Trivia

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He received an honorary degree from the University of Toronto in June 1999.

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Received the National Award of Merit from US President Bill Clinton (2000).

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