Savely Viktorovich Kramarov was a renowned comic actor of Soviet cinema during the decade of 1960s and 1970s. He was born in the year 1934 and celebrated his birthday on 13 October every year. He is possibly best known for his role as a thief in the 1971 cult Soviet comedy, Gentlemen of Fortune. This phenomenal actor has acted in all around 42 Soviet films. He passed away on 6 June 1995.  

Savely is a native of Moscow, Russian SSR, Soviet Union as he was born there to Jewish parents Basey Benedikta Solomonovna and Viktor Savelyevich Kramarov, who worked as a top Moscow attorney. When Savely was only three years old, his father became the victim of a "Stalinist purge" because he represented some defendants in a widely publicized Soviet secret police case and was thus sentenced to eight years in the Soviet Gulag. His mother was compelled to divorce her husband, and the mother and son started living in a communal apartment. Soon his mother died and so did his father. Thus, he spent the rest of his childhood in poverty, living on the mercy of relatives.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he wanted a career in law but that was not possible because everyone closed door for the son of an enemy of the people. Therefore, he attended technical school for forestry science instead and also developed interest in acting.

Kramarov had his first serious acting role in the late 1950s on stage, as the lead actor of Vasily Shukshin’s Vanka, How are You Here. There was no looking back after that and he started acting in Soviet cinema. In 1960, he had his first film role as Soldier Petkin in They Were Nineteen. His second film called My Friend, Kolka! added much to his increasing stardom. His other notable work can be seen in There Can't Be, The Elusive Avengers, Gentlemen of Fortune, The Twelve Chairs, Big School-Break and many others. Kramarov also ventured into the American film industry but achieved only moderate success. American audiences probably know him best, for his role in Moscow on the Hudson.

Talking about his personal life, Kramarov was a married man. His wife was Natalia Siradze. He also had a daughter Batia Kramarov, from a previous marriage. In 1979, at the height of his Soviet fame and fortune, Kramarov applied for emigration which got rejected and his films were suppressed nationwide. Finally, on 31 October 1981, he was allowed to leave but became persona non grata in the Soviet Union, like all celebrities considered traitors or enemies of the state. Subsequently, his name was erased from credits of all his films. On moving to Los Angeles in 1992, he realized that missed the forests in Moscow so he bought a home in a wooded area in Forest Knolls, Marin County, north of San Francisco.

With the start of 1995 his career was slowly flourishing in the U.S. In March 1995, Kramarov underwent a normal routine surgery to remove a bowel tumor but because of unexpected complications, he died at Pacific Medical Center Hospital in San Francisco on 6 June 1995, age 60.

Savely was not only talented, he also had a very charming and naturally goofy personality. He stood tall at the height of 5 feet and 6 and a half inch. His hard work into the industry had not only made him famous but also equally fortunate. The actor has a good number of followers and admirers all over the world. Although he is no longer physically present among us, his fans have created numerous sites in his name and regularly keep them updated. More information on him can be read in his detailed biography available in numerous websites including the Wiki and IMDb website.