NCIS: Los Angeles, the hit crime drama on the CBS network, lost the performer of one of the series’ most famous gangsters. On Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed that actor Ravil Isyanov passed away in the city of Los Angeles last month according to Deadline.
Russian actor Ravil Isyanov died aged 59 after a long battle with cancer. He was known for playing Russian villains in hit movies such as Transformers: The Hidden Side of the Moon (2011), 007 vs. GoldenEye (1995), and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
The artist’s death occurred on September 29, but it was only confirmed by his agent, Fredrick Levy, on Wednesday (13), to the Entertainment Weekly portal.
“Even while battling this terrible disease, Ravil remained brave and tough, bringing his best to the set and working to the end,” said the manager. “He will be sorely missed.”
Ravil Isyanov played a famous Russian villain in seasons 4, 7, 9, and 10 of NCIS: Los Angeles Fans of NCIS: Los Angeles met the Russian mobster named Anatoli Kirkin, who appeared in several episodes of the crime drama during seasons 4, 7, 9 and 10 since 2013. Isyanov’s character, although sometimes helping the team and sometimes betraying them, was a fan favorite due to his acting quality.
The star who passed away at age 59 had a long career in film and television. He was also known for generally playing Russian characters. On the small screen, he played Admiral Konstantin Nikolajewitsch Ruskov in TNT’s The Last Ship, the Russian delegate Anton Petrov in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel and OBKhSS Ruslan on FX’s The Americans, among others.
Ravil Isyanov’s manager, Frederick Levy, released a statement via EW saying the actor remained brave and resilient at all times as he battled a terrible disease that led to his death. In fact, he was working to the end.
Ravil Isyanov played Anatoli Kirkin in NCIS: Los Angeles In the movies he was also widely recognized in action movies since the 1990s. Isyanov appeared in GoldenEye in 1995, then played Suslov in K-19: The Widowmaker in 2002 and Voshkod in Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011. He also had participated in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Good German, Stalin, and Back in the USSR, among others.
The talented actor was born in the days of the Soviet Union and developed a passion for the arts and sports when he was young. After training at the Moscow Art Theater School and working in a theater in Wales, he eventually moved to Los Angeles to continue his career. NCIS Series: Does Mark Harmon’s Exit Mean A Former Star Could Return To Drama?
Isyanov studied acting at the Moscow School of Performing Arts and worked on various plays in Wales. He moved in 1998 to the United States, where he got his most famous works.
In series, Isyanov has had roles as Russian delegate Anton Petrov in Agents of SHIELD and interrogator Ruslan in The Americans. He recently appeared on the Netflix Glow series as motel owner Gregory.
Among other productions with the presence of Isyanov, there are also the films The Saint (1997), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), and An Act of Liberty (2008). The actor leaves his wife and a daughter.