Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov


1/28/1948, Riga, Latvia, Soviet Union. (now independent Latvia)

Birth Name

Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov



Also Known As

Mikhail Baryshinikov, Mikhail Baryshinikov
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Boyishly cute, diminutive and strong as a bull, but as graceful as any gazelle or swan, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a household name even to non-balletomanes. Widely considered to be one of the greatest and biggest name in dance. Mikhail (which means "Michael" in Russia) began his ballet studies…more


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  • Trivia

    • His daughter Shura Alexandra is a dancer and choreographer herself. And like Mikhail himself, she is and has been the co-director for a dance company.

    • His hobbies include golf and fishing.

    • He has brown hair and blue eyes.

    • He turned down the title role in the 1980 ballet bio-picture "Nijinsky" to continue dancing. The role went to George De La Pena.

    • He has his own clothing line of dance apparel called "Misha."

    • Mikhail was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Sexy at every age, Age 58"

    • In 1987, Misha received the Man of the Year Award at the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA.

    • In 1978, Misha was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role
      for: The Turning Point (1977).

    • In 1978, Misha was nominated for the Emmy for Special Classification of Outstanding Individual Achievement
      for: The Nutcracker (1977).

    • In 1979, Misha won the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Events
      for: Baryshnikov at the White House (1979).

    • In 1982, Misha was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program
      for: Baryshnikov in Hollywood (1982).

    • In 1985, Misha was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts
      for the Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) episode Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre.

    • In 1988, Misha was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
      for the Great Performances (1972) episode Celebrating Gershwin.

    • In 1989, Misha won the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in Classical Music/Dance Programming
      for the Great Performances: Dance in America (1976 episode Baryshnikov Dances Balanchine.

    • In 1978, Misha won the Special David Award
      for: The Turning Point (1977), as well as for his contributions to the art of dancing.

    • One of Misha's latest projects is the Baryshnikov Arts Center, a new home for various art forms that opened in November (2005) on Manhattan's West Side. New York, NY.

    • Misha appeared in print ads for Robert Mondavi Wines in 2000.

    • Misha was accepted by the prestigious Kirov Ballet at the age of 15.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: Dancers are made, not born.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: No matter what I try to do or explore, my Kirov training, my expertise, and my background call me to return to dancing after all, because that's my real vocation, and I have to serve it.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: No one is born a dancer. You have to want it more than anything.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: There comes a moment in a young artist's life when he knows he has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to take something out.

    • Mikhail Baryshnikov: I am not the first straight dancer, nor the last.

    • Misha's name in English means "Michael."

    • When Misha met Jessica Lange, he spoke little English. Fortunately for him, Lange spoke French, which he could speak fluently.

    • Misha was nominated for Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for Metamorphosis.

    • Misha was romantically involved with legendary ballerinas Natalya Makarova and Gelsey Kirkland.

    • Misha also had his own perfume line out called simply "Misha."

    • Misha has three children with Lisa Rinehart ... Anna Katerina, Sofia Luisa and a son named Peter Andrew.

    • Misha was a 2000 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors.

    • Misha is an avid golfer.

    • Misha turned down the lead title role in Nijinsky (1980) despite the heavy salary he was offered.

    • While starring with the Kirov Ballet, Misha defected to Canada in 1974, joining the American Ballet Theatre.

    • Misha is 5' 7" (1.70 m) tall.

    • Misha and Jessica Lange had a daughter together in the 80's. Her name is Shura (Alexandra) Baryshnikov.

    • Misha received an Oscar nomination for his film debut as "Yuril" in The Turning Point (1977).

    • From 1978-1979, Misha danced with George Ballanchine's New York City Ballet.

    • Misha's father was an engineer and his mother a dressmaker.

    • Misha has had choreography composed for him by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.

    • Misha danced in tailor-made movie roles for himself Turning Point (1977), White Nights (1985), and Dancers (1987).

    • Misha quit ballet in favor of modern dance after a knee injury. It was said that "He hung up his tights and never looked back."

    • Mikhail prefers to be called by his nickname "Misha."

    • Misha was the artisitic director of the American Ballet Theatre and even ran his own class outside of ABT -- .
      Some of his pupils were future dance legends Ethan Stiefel and Sascha Radetsky.

    • Misha was considered to the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation. He was even compared to the late, great "Nijinsky."

    • Misha is still the most famous name in ballet.

    • Misha was one of the legendary guests of the infamous Studio 54 in the 1970's.

    • Misha has his own clothing line of dancewear called "Baryshnikov."

    • Misha is now is the owner and co-founder (also dancer) of the "White Oak Dance Project" traveling troupe.

    • Over the course of his career, Misha danced with the Bolshoi Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet School of Canada and the New York City Ballet.

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