Oleg Vidov


Age: 73

Russian actor and matinee idol who defected to the U.S. at the height of the Cold War, then enjoyed a long film and TV career in Hollywood whose hero roles made him a top box-office draw in the USSR starting in the 1960's when Russian audiences flocked to see him in fairy tales, romantic films, and a 1972 cowboy movie called The Headless Horseman, which sold a reported 300 million tickets and whose work got attention from international filmmakers, but his efforts to work abroad were blocked by the Communist state (he orchesrated an escape to the West through Yugoslavia in 1985), who was granted political asylum in the U.S. and landed in southern California, where he was dubbed as the 'Soviet Robert Redford'.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: June 11, 1943

Died: May 15, 2017

Los Angeles, California