Ravil Isyanov, a Soviet-born American character actor who appeared in motion pictures like Defiance, Okay-19: The Widowmaker and Transformers: Darkish of the Moon and in quite a few TV sequence, most just lately taking part in Kirkin on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, died Sept. 29 at his residence in Los Angeles after a protracted sickness. He was 59.
Isyanov was born in Voskresensk, Russia (then a part of the united states) on Aug. 20, 1962. Drawn to performing arts from a younger age, he enrolled in Perm Institute of Tradition to check directing after graduating from highschool in 1980. His research have been interrupted in 1982 when he left to finish a two-year necessary army service within the Soviet Air Drive and was stationed within the Russian Far East. He then labored on the Khabarovsk Theatre for 2 seasons, after his caricatures of the theater’s actors caught the attention of its director, earlier than moving into the extremely aggressive appearing program on the well-known Moscow Arts Theatre faculty in 1986. There he grew to become very shut pals and sometimes carried out comedy skits and improv reveals with Andrei Panin, who would grow to be a high Russian actor earlier than dying tragically in 2013. Isyanov taught himself English and spoke some Spanish, German and French as properly.
After graduating, Isyanov landed a small half within the 1990 American film The Russia Home, starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer, which filmed in Moscow. He relocated to the UK in early 1991, the place, over the course of a number of years, he appeared in numerous TV reveals and movies, did a season of Russian performs at Theatr Clwyd and toured with the English Shakespeare Firm, each nationally and internationally.
In 1998, Isyanov moved to Los Angeles. He labored steadily in movie and TV since then and has a complete of 77 credit to his identify, typically taking part in characters of Russian descent. The final tasks he accomplished earlier than his demise have been the upcoming motion pictures Blonde and 25 Cents Per Minute, that are presently in post-production. Different notable movie credit embrace Defiance, The Good German, Okay-19: The Widowmaker, Alongside Got here a Spider, The Jackal, The Saint, Hamlet, Golden Eye, The Younger Indiana Jones Chronicles, Stalin and Again in the united statesS.R.
In TV, Isyanov had main recurring roles on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles as Anatoli Kirkin, FX’s The Individuals as Ruslan, TNT’s The Final Ship as Admiral Konstantin Nikolajewitsch Ruskov and G.L.O.W. as Gregory. He additionally appeared on Shooter, Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D, Bones, 24, Jail Break, Burn Discover, The Mentalist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sniper: Ghost Vampire Slayer, JAG and Alias.
“I labored with Ravil Isyanov when he was on 24, he was one in all #JulianSands thugs,” former 24 govt producer Jon Cassar wrote on Twitter. “Nice actor and even nicer man.”
Isyanov is survived by his spouse Erika; his daughter Gulya, her husband Marios, granddaughter Cassandra and grandson Nikita; his sister Dina and nephew Sergey; his former spouse Marsha; his step-daughter Aneta and her husband Jon, and step-granddaughters Mila and Tali, in addition to his ‘furry youngsters’ Maya and Trezor.