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the river of a life

The river of life carries you and you can hug a right or a left coast, depending on your nature, desires and skills. Signs in life? I often ignore hints, but they are unconsciously preserved on the back of my mind and come out in a right moment. (Happy People)

Oleg Stefan, also known as Oleg Shtefanko, was born on September 7, 1959 in the Ukraine, in Donetsk.

After graduating from high school in 1976, he was accepted to the Schepkin Academy of the Art and Theater in Moscow. By his sophomore year, he performed onstage the Moscow Malyi Theater, and was offered to join its troupe in 1980, after his 1979 television debut. He would perform in over twenty plays there over the course of the following years.

In 1992, Oleg Stefan immigrated to the United States. He tried to earn his living as a taxi driver, waiter, bartender, car salesman, security guard, kickboxer, and insurance agent. Oleg also worked in modeling, but his passion remained in theatrical performance, and he continued to pursue his acting career in the Theater of New York City. There in New York, Oleg appeared in his first American feature film.

In 1994, Oleg moved to Los Angeles and was cast in several TV and movie productions. In LA, he attended the LA Actors Circle Theater School to continue his education. Since then, Oleg has been cast in fourteen feature films and has worked with Robert de Niro, Mike York, Gene Hackman, Jude Law, James Belushi, Leonardo di Caprio, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, John Turturro, John Pesci, Angelina Jolie, Sigourney Weaver, Vincent Perez, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson, Taron Egerton, Toby Jones and Denis O'Hare.

In 2003, Oleg once again starred in various Russian TV productions. Oleg got Grand Prix on the 7th International Euro-Asian TV Festival for his work in the "The Officers" movie.
In 2005, Oleg was a nominee on the 45th International Monte-Carlo TV Festival on the Gold Nymph Award for the best man's role.
In 2007 Oleg with the other actors won Silver Bear (BIFF) for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to "The Good Shepherd".

In July 2023 in London Oleg accepted the award of The National Film Academy of Great Britain. The movie "Tetris" is "The Best Drama 2023".

Oleg has credits in more than 90 movies and TV productions. He starred in the 61 of them.