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World’s oldest active theater actor Zeldin dies at 101

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MOSCOW — The wife of Russian actor Vladimir Zeldin, who has been described as the world’s oldest working actor, says that he has died in Moscow. He was 101.

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FILE – In this May 21, 2015, file photo, Russian actor Vladimir Zeldin, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an award ceremony in Moscow’s Kremlin. Zeldin, who has been described as the world’s oldest working actor, died on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in Moscow. He was 101. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) Manila Bulletin

Russian news agencies quoted his wife, Ivetta Kapralova, as saying he died early Monday in a Moscow hospital.

The actor shot to stardom with the role of a shepherd in “They Met in Moscow.”

The shooting began a few months before the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The 26-year old Zeldin was conscripted and sent to the front line before Josef Stalin’s order recalled him to Moscow to continue the shoot.

Zeldin, whose career spanned from iconic movie parts in the 1940s to theater appearances in recent years, was due to appear on stage in early November.

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