Mkrtchyan Mher (Frunzik) (4.7.1930, Leninakan-28.12.1993, Yerevan) Armenian actor. People’s artist of Armenian SSR (1971), Georgian SSR (1980), USSR (1984). "Guys from Army Band" (1960)He is brother of A. Mkrtchyan. Mher Mkrtchyan graduated from Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre. (1956). Then in 1947-1953 he worked in the theater of Leninakan, after which in 1953-1988 he started to work in  the theater after G. Sundukyan. From 1988 he became the artistic director and head of theater-studio after V. Achemyan (the studio was named Artistic in 1992-1993, then in 2004 it was named after M. Mkrtchyan).

Among his best roles are Gvidon, Lazarus (“Heart Defect”, “Lazarus Goes to War”), Aesop (“The Fox and the Grapes” by  G. Figueiredo), Paghtasar (“Paghtasar Aghbar” by H. Paronyan), Isayi ( “Khatabala” by G. Sundukyan), Cyrano (“Cyrano de Bergerac” by E. Rostand). He staged the following plays “The Lower Depths” by M. Gorky (1980), “The Bakers Wife” by M. Pagnol (1993). 

Mher Mkrtchyan was in the films too (“Guys from Army Band”  (1960), “We and our"Father" (1972) Mountains” (1969), “Nahapet” (1977), “The Song of the Old Days” (1982), “Tango of our Childhood” (1984)  “The Big Win” (1980), “Mimino”  (1978) “Vanity of Vanities” 1979)).

Mher Mkrtchyan’s play was characterized with grotesquerie, combination of tragedy and comedy, humor, simple and impressive means of expression.

He was awarded State prize of Armenian SSR (1979), USSR (1978).  In 2001 he was awarded St. Mesrop Mashtots Medal (posthumously).

Streets in Yerevan and Gyumri were named after Mkrtchyan. His monument is in Gyumri (2004, sculptor- A. Shiraz), memorial plaque is on the wall of his house (2003, sculptor – F. Arakelyan). 

Source - “Who is Who. The Armenians” encyclopedia, volume II, chief-editor Hovh. Ayvazyan, Yerevan, 2007.

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