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Born: January 27, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Riga, LV Profession: Cast ...
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1967:
Professional dance debut with Kirov Ballet in the "Peasant Pas de Deux" from "Giselle" at age 19
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Danced with the Kirov in Soviet Union and on tour
1974:
Defected to Canada
1974:
Member of the American Ballet Theater
1977:
Film acting debut (also choreographer) in "The Turning Point"; received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
1977:
Choreographed and starred in the CBS TV production of "The Nutcracker"
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Moved to George Balanchine's New York City Ballet; learned 20-odd roles, perhaps most notably "Apollo" and "Prodigal Son"
1980:
Headlined the acclaimed variety special "Baryshnikov on Broadway" (ABC)
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Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre (also principal dancer to 1985); had given notice that he would leave in 1990, but quit when they went over his head and fired his second-in-command, Charles France
1982:
Starred in the ABC variety special "Baryshnikov in Hollywood"
1986:
Became a naturalized American citizen on July 3rd
1989:
Broadway acting debut, starring as Gregor Samsa in "Metamorphosis", adapted from the Franz Kafka novel by Steven Berkoff; earned a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Play
1990:
Co-founded White Oak Dance Project (modern dance) with Mark Morris; named after his philanthropist friend Howard Gilman who built him a rehearsal studio at the Gilman Foundation's White Oak Plantation (FL); tours four months out of the year, and if performances fail to pay the expenses, Baryshnikov writes a check

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