Valentin Smirnitskiy’s character in “Passenger from San Francisco” has a nick name “Barin”, an old Russian word for a rich man. Valentin himself is a well groomed man himself and looks like a laid back aristocrat. Indeed his ancestors were Russian noblemen. He smells of expensive tobacco. He has been smoking a pipe for 20 years and has no intention to give it up. He claims that it’s not the worst habit compared to how his artistic colleagues relax after work.
Valentin Smirnitskiy is one of the most well-known actors in Russia. He featured in more than 50 films. He is in his sixties but he looks great and he still has a lot of female fans. His fourth wife, who is 17 years his junior, is his boss at work. She manages a Moscow Moon Theater where Valentin Smirnitskiy has been working for many years. They live in perfect harmony. His wife helped him to overcome a great loss – death of his beloved son. He has a daughter, a talented artist. His wife, Linda has two daughters.
They like to get away from a big city when they have free time. They swim, play football and ride horses.
This handsome English-born actor has starred in several shorts films in the UK such as "Large", "Spinning Candyfloss" and had a cameo appearance in "Hot Sex & Stan", directed by David Barlia. He also played "Diesel" in the UK Gladiators. His skills include stunts, national basketball player, blue belt kung fu, qualified lifeguard, windsurfer and fitness instructor and working with children.
Sergey Manukyan - is the first and almost the only soul musician in the whole of Russia. Sergey started playing jazz when he was 12 years old. He formed his first jazz band when he was in school. After graduating from music college he started playing in a Radio and TV jazz orchestra. His solo carrier started off in 1981 during Riga Jazz Festival where he was pronounced a jazz singer number #1 in the country. Sergey Manukyan has many TV and Music Awards. He participates in almost all jazz festivals in Russia, Poland, and Berlin etc... Warner Brothers studio invited him to collaborate with Richard Elliot in the late 80-s. Frank Zappa also used Manukyan's music in one of his projects. Sergey Manukyan often performs with the most famous musicians such as Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Yellow Jacket, Carlos Santana, George Benson, and Herby Hancock. "Passenger from San Francisco" is his first and hopefully not the last experience as an actor.