Dimitri Diatchenko – Biography 2008

Dimitri Diatchenko Dimitri Diatchenko takes his formidable on-screen presence a strong step forward in 2008 as a principal villain in director Steven Spielberg’s epic fourth film in the Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Simultaneously, he also is featured in the smash hit comedy, “Get Smart” and has appeared as a guest star on the hit TV series “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Without a Trace”. It’s just the latest in a rapidly burgeoning feature film career.

At 6’2”, Diatchenko is a powerful presence both on screen and off. Equally adept at comedy or drama, leading man or “heavy,” Diatchenko also possesses an unmatched talent for dialects. Add to that his well-earned reputation as a masterful classical guitarist and one has a broad over-view of the many layers of Dimitri Diatchenko.

Prior to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Get Smart, Diatchenko’s comedy skills were on tap in the irreverent comedy, Remarkable Power, starring Tom Arnold and Kevin Nealon, which finds Diatchenko delivering an hilarious performance as the outrageous Czech porno director, Ivan.

In the World War II film Miriam, Diatchenko sensitively portrayed the leading role of KGB agent Alexi Mironov who falls in love with a Jewish woman in war-torn Europe.

With a flawless Russian accent, Diatchenko has been quite popular on television, appearing on such hit series as Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Burn Notice,The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Alias, and Walker Texas Ranger.

Diatchenko has done his share of voiceovers as well, including The Wild Thornberrys and lending his voice as Bullski, a main character in the Iron Man game, based on the soon to be released film. He’s also the voice of the USA Air Squadron Commander in the popular war game, Fracture, Commander Oleg in Red Alert 3: Command and Conquer, and The Commissar in Call of Duty 5: World at War..

A native of San Francisco, Dimitri Diatchenko attended Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts. After high school, he attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida where he was a scholarship music student, majoring in classical guitar. After completing the Bachelors program, he matriculated to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he continued with his acting and music studies in the Masters program.

His first acting experience was as the lead in the play, Foxfire, by Hume Cronin, where he played the country music star, Dillard Nations. Diatchenko continued to develop his acting skills both on stage and on camera in Florida-based projects from 1990 – 1996, while studying with Ken Stilson and George Judy. Some of these projects include the award-winning short films, Third on a Match, Used Cars and Goiter Boy. . In April of 1996, as Dimitri was graduating with his Masters degree from Florida State University, he landed a small role as a Navy Seal in Ridley Scott’s Demi Moore starrer G.I. Jane. After that break, Diatchenko moved out to Los Angeles and officially started his professional acting career.

In addition to his acting, Diatchenko continues to perform as a master classical guitarist. As a soloist, he has four guitar CDs in release. His original composition for solo guitar, entitled, “Tango en Paraiso” is featured on the soundtrack for his film, Remarkable Power. Mel Bay Publications has published this piece in “Master Anthology of New Classic Guitar Solos, Vol. 1,” which is available worldwide.

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