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Vakhtang Kikabidze

Vakhtang "Buba" Kikabidze (born July 19, 1938, Tbilisi) is a Georgian and Soviet singer, actor, screenwriter, producer, and composer. He performed in a number of films, among them the main role of a helicopter pilot in the iconic Soviet film Mimino. The son of a Princess Bagration-Davitashvili, Kikabidze is a People's Artist of Georgia, has been awarded the USSR State Prize and the Order of the King Vakhtang Gorgasali as well as of Nikolai Wondermonger and Knight Cross of St. Konstantin the Great. He was also acknowledged by a number of various music contests and film festivals in USSR, Georgia and worldwide. In 1999, his star was embedded on the "Star Square" in Moscow. Apart from Mimino, Kikabidze also performed in a number of other films, including "Don't be Sad" (Ne Goryui), "Melodies of Veriski Quarter" (Melodii Verijskogo Kvartala), "Complete Lost" (Sovsem propaschij). His last film "Fortune" (Fortuna) was directed by the famous Georgian and Soviet film director Georgi Danelia in 2000. As a screenwright and director, Kikabidze produced two feature films: "Stay Well, Dear" (Bud' zdorov dorogoj), which received the top award at the International Comedy Festival in Grabovo, Bulgaria, and "Men and All The Rest" (Muzhchiny i vse ostal'nye). During the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war, Kikabidze rejected Russia's Order of Friendship and cancelled the concert dedicated to his 70th anniversary which was to be held at the Kremlin. Vakhtang Kikabidze is married with two children and two grandchildren. Vakhtangs wife had before two children from Guram Sagaradze and tree grandchildren.

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