Alexander Godunov

Alexander Godunov

Russian-american Dancer and Actor
Born Nov 28, 1949

Alexander Borisovich Godunov, nicknamed "Sascha" was a Russian-American danseur and film actor, whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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1949 Birth Born on November 28, 1949.
1958 8 Years Old Godunov was born in Sakhalin, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, in the Russian Far East. Godunov began his ballet studies in Riga in 1958, in the same class as Mikhail Baryshnikov. … Read More


1971 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Godunov joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1971 and rose to become Premier danseur. … Read More
1973 23 Years Old In 1973, he won a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. … Read More
1979 29 Years Old On August 21, 1979, while on a tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, Godunov contacted authorities and asked for political asylum. … Read More


1982 32 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple divorced in 1982.


1995 45 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 18, 1995, Godunov's friends became concerned when he had been uncharacteristically quiet with his phone calls. … Read More
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