Buhuti Zakariadze

Buhuti Zakariadze

Date of Birth: 14.06.1913
Country: Georgia

  1. Biography of Buchuti Zakariadze
  2. Childhood and Youth
  3. Theater and Films
  4. Personal Life
  5. Death

Biography of Buchuti Zakariadze

Childhood and Youth

Buchuti Zakariadze, the renowned actor, was born on June 14, 1913 (according to some sources, June 13) in the village of Sangachaly, which is now part of the city of Baku. He spent his childhood in the village of Kviri, which was renamed Zestafoni in 1920 and gained city status in 1921. At the age of seven, Buchuti's older brother, Sergo Zakariadze, left Zestafoni for Tbilisi and successfully auditioned for the drama studio. Although he was not accepted due to his young age, he was allowed to attend as an auditor.

Buhuti Zakariadze

Theater and Films

In 1926, Sergo Zakariadze began his career at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre. When Buchuti turned 17, he also started his theatrical journey. Throughout his life, the native of Sangachaly performed in theaters in Telavi, Batumi, Sukhumi, and the Koté Mardjanishvili State Drama Theatre in Tbilisi, but his longest tenure was at the theater named after the author of "The Knight in the Panther's Skin".

In his youth, Buchuti did not appear in films. He made his screen debut in 1955 in an episode of the drama fable "Lurdzha Magdany" by Tengiz Abuladze and Rezo Chkheidze. The film received special mention at the short film competition at the Cannes Festival and an Honorary Diploma at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 1958, Buchuti transformed into Father Markoza in the drama "Mamliuk". The late 1950s and the first half of the 1960s marked his appearances in numerous films produced by the "Georgia-Film" studio. In 1966, Zakariadze played the role of Vissarion, a Georgian character, in Stanislav Govorukhin's film "The Vertical". In 1969, he starred in the film "White Explosion" by the same director, which depicted the heroic actions of Soviet mountaineers.

In 1968, Buchuti first transformed into Joseph Stalin on screen in Yuri Ozerov's film "Liberation: The Fire Arc". The audience liked his portrayal so much that in the subsequent films of the "Liberation" series, the director entrusted only Zakariadze to play the role of the Generalissimo. Similarly, Mikhail Ulyanov became associated with the character of Georgy Zhukov, and Fritz Diez from East Germany became known for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler. Despite regularly embodying the leader, Zakariadze continued to appear in Georgian short films with humorous and even frivolous content. In 1970, the comedy "Kuvshin" was released, in which Buchuti played the role of Gogi. The film's character decided to seal a hole in a dilapidated huge vessel from the inside and got stuck, facing the problem of natural needs. In 1975, Zakariadze played his namesake in the comedy anthology "Au-u!", which also starred other Soviet celebrities such as Vyacheslav Nevinny and Nadezhda Rumyantseva, Leonid Kuravlev and Sergei Filipov.

Another star-studded film was Nikolai Gubenko's "Podranki". In addition to the director himself and Zakariadze, who transformed into the boarding school director, the film featured memorable performances by Alexander Kalyagin and Juozas Budraitis, Zhanna Bolotova and Natalya Gundareva, Evgeny Evstigneev and Rolan Bykov. Buchuti also crossed paths with the latter two actors in Alexei Korenev's two-part dramedy "Due to Family Circumstances", in which he played the charming elderly Georgian Rajden, who, despite his age, decided to make changes in his personal life and married Isolde Tikhonovna, played by Evgenia Khanaeva. It was a still from this film that became Zakariadze's signature headshot.

Personal Life

Almost no information has been preserved about the personal life of the actor. Buchuti Alexandrovich's nephew, Guram Sergeevich Zakariadze, pursued a career in mineralogy and became a senior researcher at the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry.


The famous performer of the role of Stalin passed away on February 12, 1988. The cause of Buchuti Alexandrovich's death was not disclosed. After his death, Zakariadze's filmography was expanded with films such as "Tragedy of the Century" and "The Great Commander Georgy Zhukov", directed by Yuri Ozerov, who used footage from the "Liberation" series.