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RFE/RL Russian Service Broadcaster Ernst Zorin

Actor and broadcaster, Ernst Zorin.
Actor and broadcaster, Ernst Zorin.

Following a long illness, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Service broadcaster and Soviet, German, and American actor Ernst Zorin died in New York on March 22. He was 82.

Ernst Petrovich Notersor was born in 1937. In the 1960s and 1970s, he worked as an actor for the storied Vakhtangov Theater in Moscow, where he took on his stage name, Zorin. He also starred in several popular films, including Resident's Mistake, Resident's Fate, Free Wind, Princess Turandot, and Konarmia. He was recognized as an Honored Artist of the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic (RSFSR).

Zorin emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1980 and worked for 15 years as a broadcaster and announcer for Radio Liberty, while continuing his acting career. He also worked voicing Russian roles in Western films.

In 1996, he moved to New York, where he staged works by Carlo Gozzi and Bernard Shaw, and performed in plays by Vladimir Voinovich and Boris Lavrenyov. He was also known for a solo performance based on Gogol's Notes of a Madman for the Russian-language theater Haverim.