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April 28, 1924|
|Died||September 4, 2014(aged 90)|
Donatas Banionis (April 28, 1924 – September 4, 2014) was a Lithuanian and Soviet actor. He was best known in the West for his lead role of Tarkovsky's Solaris as Kris Kelvin. He was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. Once, President of Russia, Vladimir Putin said that Banionis was the reason why he joined the KGB.
- "How the Actor Donatas Banionis Inspired Vladimir Putin to Become a Spy". The Daily Beast.com. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/05/how-the-actor-donatas-banionis-inspired-vladimir-putin-to-become-a-spy.html. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
- "Soviet-Era Actor Who Inspired Vladimir Putin Dies at 90". Hollywood Reporter.com. September 5, 2014. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/soviet-actor-donatas-banionis-dead-730411. Retrieved September 6, 2014.