Oleg Vidov, Russian-American actor, Died at 73


Oleg Borisovich Vidov was born on June 11, 1943, in the village Filimonki, Leninsky District, Moscow Oblast and died on May 15, 2017.

He was a Soviet and American actor, film director and producer.

Vidov appeared in 50 films beginning in 1961.

He played his first episodic role in 1960 in the teen drama My Friend, Kolka!.

During 1962 he entered actor’s courses at VGIK led by Yakov Segel and Yuri Pobedonostsev

During 1970, Vidov met and married an actress Natalia Vasilievna Fedotova.

Reportedly to the most popular version, she was a daughter of the powerful KGB general Vasily Fedotov known for his friendship with Leonid Brezhnev and his daughter Galina Brezhneva.

Vidov filed for divorce in 1976.

During 1983 he was authorized to live and work in Yugoslavia with his second wife, a Yugoslavian actress.

During May 1985, Soviet authorities unexpectedly gave him 72 hours to return to Moscow, so an Austrian actor friend helped procure an Austrian visa for him.

The couple drove to the Yugoslavian-Austrian border where he escaped into Austria.

Whilst in America, Oleg got married Joan Borsten, daughter of the Hollywood publicist, scriptwriter and studio executive Orin Borsten (1912–2005).

The they obtained international distribution rights to the award-winning Soyuzmultfilm Studio animation library in 1992 and helped popularize Soviet animation around the world.

During 2007 Vidov co-founded Malibu Beach Recovery Center, a well-respected alcohol and drug treatment program based on the principles of neuroscience in Malibu, California.

He served as Chairman of the Board, and his wife Joan Borsten Vidov as CEO, until June 2014 when they sold the Center to a medical investment branch of Wells Fargo Bank.

Additionally, the Malibu Beach Recovery Center has been featured on television shows such as A&E’s Intervention.

Oleg Borisovich Vidov passed away at 73 years old.