Director Emil Wernik dies at 97

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Honored Art Worker, Artist of the RSFSR and People’s Artist of Russia, director of the All-Union Radio Emil Vernik died at the age of 97, as reported by his son Igor Vernik on Saturday, April 10.

“Today my father Emil Vernik passed away from cardiac arrest,” Igor Vernik told TASS.

At the moment, there is no information about the place and time of the artist’s funeral.

Emil Wernik was born on September 4, 1924 in Odessa. In 1946 he graduated from the State Institute of Theater Arts named after A. Lunacharsky (GITIS), after which in the period from 1947 to 1958 he worked as an actor and director of the theater “Moscow Literary Readings”.

In 1958, Emil Wernik took over as director at All-Union Radio. From 1969 to 2002 he worked as the chief director of literary and dramatic broadcasting on the radio of the same name, as well as the artistic director of the programs of the Radio-1 studio.

Until his death, Emil Wernik taught at the Department of Acting at the Moscow Art Theater School, worked as a professor at the Institute for Advanced Training of Television and Radio Broadcasters and was a member of the Union of Theater Workers.

Emil Wernik gained fame thanks to radio shows, in which Oleg Efremov, Oleg Tabakov, Andrei Mironov and other famous figures of acting took part.