Rasim Balayev

Rasim Balayev

Rasim Balayev as Imadaddin Nasimi in the film Nasimi
Born Rasim Ahmad oglu Balayev
8 August 1948
Agsu, Azerbaijan

Rasim Akhmed oglu Balayev (born 1948, in Agsu) is an Azerbaijani cinema and theatrical actor. He starred in the leading roles in more than 60 Azerbaijani films.[1][2]

Early life

Rasim Balayev was born on 8 August 1948 in Agsu region of Azerbaijan. At the age of 15-16, he got involved in theater performances. Being from rural area, Rasim's family attempted to push him to choose a different career, though he never did and got enrolled in Azerbaijani Institute of Arts,[1] from which he graduated in 1969.[3]


The actor's first film experience on big screen came with a short role in the film "Stars don't die away". Rasim Balayev's fame came after his part in 3 movies and participation in two film festivals: the 7th Soviet festival in Baku and 3rd International festival in Tashkent where he received an award for Best Actor and several proposals for main roles in future movies.[3] Among his best performances are films Nesimi (about Nasimi), Babek, The Scoundrel, Anecdote, and The Bat.

Personal life

In 2012, he has campaigned to stop male violence against women.[4]



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