Date of Birth: 05/22/1873
Place of birth: Odessa
Richelieu Do not graduating high school, became interested in amateur theater; after two years of military service, he spent a season in the amateur troupe Urban folk audience (dir. G.Matkovsky), who played mostly for the workers. At this time, it takes the alias Leonids. In 1895, after an unsuccessful attempt to join the troupe N.Solovtsova, he went to Moscow to enter the Imperial Theater School. Exams with O.Knipper M.Savitsky and, unlike the future actresses MAT comes, but after a year out of school. During this year (1895-1896) participated in the Maly Theatre matinees, plays final performance school "Les" Ostrovsky (Milon).
On his return to Odessa in 1896 enters the company of N.Solovtsova, which stands in Odessa and Kiev. There Leonids quickly occupies one of leading places; in the first season (1896-1897) played the role of Lieutenant Charusskogo ( "old school" A.Sumbatova) Murzavetskaya ( "Wolves and Sheep" Ostrovsky), Molchalin ( "Woe from Wit" Griboedov) MEDVIEDENKO and then Treplev ( "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov), Vershinskaya ( "savage" Ostrovsky and N.Soloveva), inspector ( "Inspector" Gogol); in the 1897-1898 season - Milovzorova ( "Guilty Without Guilt" Ostrovsky), Borkin ( "Ivanov" by Chekhov), Sea ( "The Cost of Living" V.Nemirovicha-Danchenko), in the 1898-1899 season - Vozhevatova ( " Bride "Ostrovsky); in the 1899-1900 season - Gani Ivolgina and (on tours) Prince Myshkin ( "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Prince Shakhovsky ( "Tsar Fyodor Ivanovich" AK Tolstoy); in the 1900-1901 season - Raskolnikov ( "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Salt (Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov).
The summer of 1901 g.rolyu inspector Leonids will debut in the Moscow theater F.Korsha (director`s work in the troupe led N.Sinelnikov in those years). For two seasons in service Korsch Leonids have time to play Glumova ( "Even a Wise Man Stumbles" Ostrovsky, 1901), Ivan Karamazov ( "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1902), Dulchin ( "The Last Victim" Leonid Leonidov as Dmitri Karamazov in the play "The Brothers Karamazov" by A. Ostrovsky, 1902), Chatsky ( "Woe from Wit" Griboedov, 1902), the role of Constantine in "Children Vanyushina" S.Nayd