Actor Suymenkul Chokmorov: biography, filmography and interesting facts


There are people whose lives are a daily struggle with a serious illness. Only a few of them manage not only to exist, but to reach heights beyond the reach of most healthy people. Such heroes are admirable, and their example should inspire anyone who has faced a problem that seems insoluble to him.

Suymenkul Chokmorov, whose biography is dedicated to this article, lived only 53 years. However, during this time he did a lot for the development of the Kyrgyz cinema and created more than 400 paintings, many of which are an ornament of the Bishkek Museum of Fine Arts.


early years

Suimenkul Chokmorov was born in 1939 in the village of Chon-Tash, which is not far from the capital of the Kirghiz SSR - Frunze (now Bishkek). His family, in which, besides him, there were 10 more children (7 boys and 3 girls), belonged to the Chui subdivision of the Zhetigen tribe. The family was friendly, and the elder brothers considered it their duty to take care of the little ones.


The future famous actor was born without one kidney, and the second was stricken with polycystic.

In his native village, Suimenkul graduated from 4 classes. To continue his education, he had to walk every day to a nearby village, which was located ten kilometers from his home. Since the boy was painful, his parents decided to send Suymenkul to his older brother. He was an officer and lived in the large village of Burulday. There Suymenkul Chokmorov went to the 5th grade. For several years, the boy followed his brother from one garrison town to another.

However, due to congenital malformations of the internal organs, Suimenkul developed a whole bunch of various diseases. He had serious problems with his joints, as a result of which the boy was forced to spend several months in the hospital.

Subsequently, Suimenkul always regretted that in his childhood he was deprived of the usual entertainment of his peers, but he warmly recalled a doctor by the name of Gurevich, who helped him to stand up.


Love for drawing and sports

When Suymenkulu felt better, his brother took him home. Trying to distract the boy, he brought him many books. Most of all, Suimenkul was fascinated by albums of reproductions of famous painters. Deprived of his childhood joys, he began to redraw them, and after a while, others noticed his unconditional successes. In order to quietly indulge in his beloved work, in summer the boy called himself to feed the sheep. He led the flock to the mountains, where he could sit for hours with a pencil and a piece of paper, imprinting on her gorgeous landscapes.

When Suymenkulu became easier, the doctors advised him to go in for sports. The teenager enrolled in two sports sections. He chose volleyball and high jump. Looking ahead, we note that while studying in Leningrad, Soymenkul Chokmorov, whose biography is an example for many children from large families, received the title of master of sports in volleyball and was a member of the student team of the city on the Neva.


Music or drawing …

After finishing 7 classes, the teenager faced a difficult choice of profession. He drew equally well and played folk instruments. His brother Bakiya advised to enroll in a music school, and Namyrbek, with whom the teenager lived practically all the time while he was in school, recommended passing exams to an art school. Suimenkul himself decided to first choose both. However, after a few months, it became clear that it would not be possible to combine studies in both educational institutions. Realizing the need for a final choice, Suimenkul preferred painting.


From 1953 to 1958, Suimenkul Chokmorov, films with the participation of which were known far beyond the borders of Kyrgyzstan, studied at the Frunze Art School. After receiving his diploma, he entered the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I. Repin and graduated in 1964.

While studying in the city on the Neva, Chokmorov already had a chance to play in a movie. Once he, along with fellow students, painted a horse from nature in the courtyard of the Academy of Arts. During the break, the young man could not resist the temptation and jumped into the saddle. A bold rider was noticed by a second director passing by the film “Jura”. He invited the young man to the tests, they were successful, but later the filmmakers were afraid to entrust the main role to the non-professional.



After receiving a diploma from the Academy of Arts, Suimenkul Chokmorov returned to Frunze. At home, he began teaching painting and composition at a local art school.

In the period of work on the portrait of “Kyrgyz Homer” by Sayak-bai Karalayev, the artist met Bolot Shamshiev, who was shooting a documentary about the famous storyteller. At that time, the director was going to make his debut in feature films. Shamshiev told Suymenkulu Chokmorov about the desire to make a feature film. This meeting was fateful for the artist, as it was to him that the director entrusted only the poor man Bakhtygul.


Film career

Suymenkul Chokmorov's acting debut was more than successful. Other directors began to invite him into their films. In 1972, he played in the film “The Seventh Bullet” by Andrei Konchalovsky. Subsequently, this film became one of the classic examples of the popular genre of the Soviet istern.

Being the most modest man, Chokmorov never boasted that he played in the film of the world famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa “Dersu Uzala”. Not many people know that the Soviet members of the film crew at first even wanted to offer him for the main role, but then they changed their mind, because Suimenkul was tall, and this “flaw” could hardly be corrected with the help of makeup. Nevertheless, Kurosawa decided to remove an actor he liked and invited him to one of the episodes.

Other movie roles

In total, Chokmorov Suimenkul, whose awards and prizes are difficult to list in one article, has played in almost two dozen films. Among them:

  • "Jamil".
  • "Extraordinary Commissioner".
  • "Bow to the fire."
  • "Scarlet poppies of Issyk-Kul".
  • "Ulan".
  • "Early Cranes".
  • "I am Tien Shan."
  • "Fierce."
  • "Red Apple".
  • "Zenica of the Eye".
  • "The first".
  • "Kanybek".
  • "Men without women."
  • "Wolf Pit".
  • "Sunday walks."
  • "The waves die on the shore."

As a popular Soviet film actor, Chokmorov Suimenkul, whose biography, awards and titles have always been the pride of the inhabitants of Soviet Kyrgyzstan, represented Soviet cinema art in many foreign countries.

Achievements in the field of painting

Suymenkul Chokmorov (Omur bayans (Kirgiz. Biography) of this man is known to every citizen of the republic) never forgot about his main profession. His brush belongs to more than 400 paintings, the best of which are exhibited in the Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts. For his achievements in this field, he was awarded the highest professional titles. In 1974, Chokmorov became a member of the Union of Artists of the Kirghiz SSR, and even earlier - the Union of Artists of the USSR.



The actor was happily married to Salim Sardievna Shabazova. The couple met while studying at the Frunze Art School.

Then the couple studied together at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad, and upon returning to their homeland, Salim began working at the Kyrgyz Museum of Fine Arts. From 1985 to 1995, Shabazova held the post of director of this institution.

The only son of the spouses Baktygul is named so in memory of the first role of his star father in the movie. The famous actor has a grandson Atai Chokmorov.


Suymenkul Chokmorov died in 1992. Few guessed what kind of health problems he had to fight throughout his life. Anyone in his place would long ago have abandoned the complex roles that required exhausting work and overcoming himself. However, the famous actor and artist lived his life as a real fighter, leaving behind a lot of paintings, interesting films and a good memory.

Now you know the answer to the question “kim bolgon Suymenkul Chokmorov” (Kirghiz. “Who is Suymenkul Chokmorov”). It only remains to regret that the actor died so early and did not have time to play many more interesting roles.

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