Mihai Volontir

Mihai Volontir

Mihai Volontir in a 1960s film
Born (1934-03-09)9 March 1934
Glinjeni, Kingdom of Romania
Died 15 September 2015(2015-09-15) (aged 81)
Chișinău, Moldova
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957-2015

Mihai Volontir (9 March 1934 – 15 September 2015) was a Moldovan actor.


Volontir was born on 9 March 1934 in the village of Glinjeni, Moldova. He attended the Pedagogical Institution in Orhei from 1952 to 1955.

After over a decade of working in theatre, Volontir began appearing in films made at the Moldova-Film studio in 1967. He became famous in the late 1970s after his roles in In the Zone of Special Attention and The Gypsy film series. The films were so popular that he is still strongly associated with his character, Budulai, a wise lone gypsy. His performance resulted in increased tolerance towards gypsy communities in the Soviet Union. The film series was revived fifteen years later with a new production as well as a TV series.

The "Vasile Alecsandri Theatre" in Bălţi

Volontir worked at the Vasile Alecsandri Theatre in Bălţi, where he was employed as an actor from 1957 until his death in 2015.

17 September 2015, the day of his funeral, was declared a day of National Mourning in Moldova.[1]


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