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Mikhail Baryshnikov                                                               
Birth name Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov                                       
Born January 28, 1948                                                             
Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR                                     
Years active 1968 - present                                                       
Spouse(s) Lisa Rinehart                                                           
Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (born January 28, 1948)                           
is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and                       
actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the     
greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century. After a promising start in the       
Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 and went on to become a   
principal dancer and artistic director with the American Ballet Theatre and the   
New York City Ballet in New York City. He has spearheaded many of his own         
artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern     
dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as   
a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably   
the most widely recognized contemporary dancer.