Vidov died Monday in Westlake Village due to complications of cancer. He was 73.
Born on the outskirts of Moscow, Vidov became a major box-office draw in the Soviet Union, appearing in more than 50 films. His fame allowed him to break with Soviet tradition and travel internationally to appear in foreign productions, including Dino De Laurentiis’ 1970 film “Waterloo” with Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles.
Vidov defected to the United States in 1985, continuing his career in Hollywood. In addition to appearing in films such as “Red Heat,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vidov appeared in productions such as HBO’s “The Immortals” and had roles in shows such as “The West Wing” and “Alias.”
In 1988, he and his wife, Joan, formed a production company called Films by Jove Inc., which later acquired international distribution rights to the Soyuzmultfilm Studio animation library and financed the digital restoration of the collection’s roughly 1,200 films.
In 2007, Vidov co-founded the Malibu Beach Recovery Center drug and alcohol treatment center.
He is survived by his wife, sons Viacheslav and Sergei and a grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood Forever cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
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