Urmas Ott

Urmas Ott

Soviet television star
Date of Birth: 23.04.1955
Country: Estonia

  1. Biography of Urmas Ott
  2. Television Career
  3. Later Career
  4. Personal Life and Final Years
  5. Awards and Honors

Biography of Urmas Ott

Urmas Ott was a Soviet and Estonian singer and television journalist. He was born on April 23, 1955, in Otepää, Estonia. Ott studied at the Tallinn State Conservatory from 1974 to 1975 and graduated from the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute in 1979. He also attended television journalism courses.

Urmas Ott

Television Career

In the Soviet era, Urmas Ott began his career in the 1980s on Estonian Television as a news anchor for the program "Aktualnaya Kamera". From 1981 to 1983, he was also the host of the popular music show "Estraaditähestik" (Estonian for "The ABC of the Stage"). In the late 1980s, during the era of Perestroika, Ott gained fame as the host of the popular program "Teletutvus" (Television Encounter), which aired on both Estonian Television and the Central Television of the USSR. This program featured interviews with famous personalities such as Ilya Glazunov, Iosif Kobzon, Raymond Pauls, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Nikita Mikhalkov.

In 1984, Urmas Ott appeared in the film "Two Couples and Solitude" as businessman Karl Mayer.

Later Career

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, from 1992 to 1998, Ott hosted the program "Kart-Blansh" on Estonian Television. In 1998 and 1999, he was the host of the interview series "Urmas Ott with..." on the RTR channel. In 2001, Ott hosted the program "Augustivalgus" (August Light) on Estonian Television and later worked for TV3.

From 2003 to 2004, Ott appeared as a host and commentator on the show "The Best Shows in the World with Urmas Ott" on the Russian channel REN-TV. From 2003 to 2006, he hosted the interview program "Happy Hour" on the private Estonian channel "Kanal-2". However, he had to interrupt his television career due to illness.

Personal Life and Final Years

Urmas Ott was never married and had no children. In 1998, he suffered his first heart attack, and a year later, he became a victim of a random gang attack, receiving 9 stab wounds. In the last two years of his life, Ott battled leukemia but continued working until his operation. He kept his illness a secret from everyone except Waldemar Lindström, the program director of "Television Encounter", who became his friend and visited him in the clinic.

In his final years, from 2007 to June 2008, Ott hosted the program "V ramkakh prilichiya" (Within Decency) on the Russian-language channel of Estonian Radio, Radio 4. In this show, Ott interviewed celebrities about their careers and personal lives. Guests included Anastasia Volochkova, Diana Gurtskaya, Sergey Yurskiy, Alisa Freindlikh, and Raymond Pauls.

Urmas Ott passed away on October 17, 2008, at the age of 54, due to a myocardial infarction at the Tartu University Clinic, just one week after a successful bone marrow transplant surgery. According to his will, his body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered over the Baltic Sea.

Awards and Honors

In 1988, Urmas Ott received the Union of Journalists of the USSR award for his series of interviews on "Television Encounter". In 2005, he was awarded the Order of the White Star, 4th Class, one of the highest honors of the Republic of Estonia. In 2008, Ott was honored with the "Herb Mark" award, the highest award of the city of Tallinn, for his contributions to journalism and national culture.