Actor Dimitri Diatchenko

Dimitri Diatchenko (April 11, 1968 – April 21, 2020) was an American actor, voice actor, and musician.

Life and career

Diatchenko was a native of San Francisco, California and a first-generation American; his father is Ukrainian and his mother was of Greek and Swedish descent. Diatchenko began classical guitar lessons at the age of seven. Two years later, he gave his first solo classical guitar recital. During and after his studies, Dimitri Diatchenko won several medals in guitar competitions including the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition or the World Championships of Performing Arts. He released four solo guitar CDs.

Diatchenko studied martial arts from the age of seven. He earned black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo Karate and studied boxing and arnis. During the early 1990s, Dimitri Diatchenko competed as a heavyweight in several national championships, winning many medals in full contact fighting, including the US Olympic Festival, the WTF National Championships and The 1991 World Invitational in Miami, Florida.

Diatchenko attended Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts where Matt LeBlanc also attended at the same time and later Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. There he was a scholarship music student, majored in classical guitar, and received a Bachelor of Music degree. After transferring to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Dimitri Diatchenko continued with acting and music studies in the Masters program. In April 1996, as Dimitri Diatchenko was graduating, he was cast in Ridley Scott’s 1997 action film G.I. Jane and landed a small role as trainee; following this, Dimitri Diatchenko relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. In Los Angeles, he also taught guitar privately and performed regularly as a soloist and ensemble player.

Dimitri Diatchenko made appearances in several television series. After appearing in the action series Alias, he was in the films Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Get Smart.

For his performance as Ukrainian tour guide Yuri in the film Chernobyl Diaries, Diatchenko received positive reviews from some film critics.

In addition to acting, Diatchenko worked as voice actor. He lent his voice to a lot of video and computer games. His first performance in a video game came in 2005 with additional voices for Medal of Honor: European Assault.


In 2015, Diatchenko pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after allegedly cooking and eating his ex-girlfriend’s female rabbit “Miss. Ella”. He was ordered to perform sixty days of community labor and undergo forty-eight hours of counselling. According to CNN, the pet rabbit’s death was possibly simulated as the actor had also bought and cooked other rabbits from a pet shop after the quarrel. As the act had been premeditated, the actor pleaded guilty to the charge.


Diatchenko died in his home in Daytona Beach, Florida, on April 21, 2020, ten days after his 52nd birthday. He was discovered two days later after a wellness check initiated by concerned relatives. According to Diatchenko’s agent, the death appeared to be a heart attack or complications from an electric shock Diatchenko had sustained at work a week before his death. It was later revealed after autopsy that there was a large amount of fentanyl and Valium in his system at the time of death. As such his death was ruled an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Goiterboy Richter Short
G.I. Jane Trainee
1999 The Settlement Uncredited
2001 Norman J. Lloyd Norman J. Lloyd Short
2006 The Genius Club Jesse The Mechanic
Miriam Alexi
Love Made Easy Poker Player
2007 The Longest Yard Sale Grammy
2008 Remarkable Power Ivan
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Russian Suit 1 / Russian Soldier
Get Smart Russian Underling
2010 Burning Palms Bob
2012 Chernobyl Diaries Yuri
2013 Company of Heroes Ivan Puzharski Direct-to-video
Clubhouse Misha
2016 They’re Watching Vladimir Filat Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Total Security Bodyguard Episode: “Pilot”
Diagnosis: Murder Thug #1 / Carl Episode: “A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste”
1998 Timecop Sergeant Episode: “D.O.A.”
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Robert Jackson Episode: “Power Angels”
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Anton Marisovich Episode: “True Stories”
2000 V.I.P. Episode: “Val Point Blank”
18 Wheels of Justice Alexei Episode: “Smuggler’s Blues”, Uncredited
2001 The Wild Thornberrys Elder Beaver Voice, Episode: “All Work and No Play”
18 Wheels of Justice Sergei Zukaross Episode: “Hot Cars, Fast Women”
2004 Alias Vilmos Episode: “The Frame”
2005 Wanted Darsikska Episode: “The Wild Bunch”
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Waiter Episode: “Odd Couples”
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Attendant 1 Episode: “No So Suite 16”
2007 Criminal Minds Lyov Lysowsky Episode: “Honor Among Thieves”
Shark Gavin Lundy Episode: “Fall from Grace”
Burn Notice Boris Episode: “Pilot”
2008 The Riches Russian #2 Episode: “The Lying King”
My Own Worst Enemy Gold Teeth Episode: “Breakdown”
Without a Trace Yuri Ovsenko Episode: “Push Comes to Shove”
2009 CSI: Miami Andrei Episode: “Wolfe in Sheep’s Clothing”
Family Guy Russian Dinosaur / Russian Guard #2 Voice, Episode: “Spies Reminiscent of Us”
2010 General Hospital Babak 3 episodes, Uncredited
2011 Sons of Anarchy Head Russian 2 episodes
2012 How I Met Your Mother Arvydas Episode: “46 Minutes”
Perception Alexi Topaloff Episode: “Faces”
2013 Project: SERA Zakir Episode: “Immunity”
2014 Bones Dimitri Romanov Episode: “The Master in the Slop”
2 Broke Girls Yuri Episode: “And the Kilt Trip”
2016 Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street Green Beret Episode: “Gortimer vs. White Hat”
Murder in the First Janko Kolar Episode: “Rise of the Phoenix”
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vulko / Lone Knight / Lead Knight Voice, 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault
From Russia with Love
Quake 4 Sledge
2006 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault Paramilitary Leader
2008 Iron Man Boris Bullski / Titanium Man, Russian Soldiers
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Cmdr. Oleg Vodnik
Call of Duty: World at War The Commissar
Aion: The Tower of Eternity
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising Cmdr. Oleg Vodnik
Resistance: Retribution Cloven Leader / Cloven 2
Wolfenstein Golden Dawn Agent / Wehrmacht Officer / Black Market Agent
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Serbian Soldiers
Rogue Warrior Russian Soldier / SEAL Captain
2010 Iron Man 2 General Valentin Shatalov / Roxxon Soldiers
Crackdown 2
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Sandman
Call of Duty: Black Ops Spetsnaz Operative
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Serbian Soldier
2012 Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Evgeny Petrakov
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
2013 Tomb Raider Solarii
Metro: Last Light Secretary General Moskvin
The Last of Us
2015 Evolve Markov
Battlefield Hardline
Fallout 4 Vadim Bobrov
Rise of the Tomb Raider
2016 XCOM 2 Soldier
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Awards and nominations


  • 2003: Instrumental and Acting Grand Champion of the World at the World Championships of Performing Arts
  • External Links

    Actor Dimitri Diatchenko – Wikipedia

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