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Ravil Isyanov, a veteran film and television actor who appeared in shows such as The Americans and NCIS, died on Sept. 29 at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 59.

Isyanov’s passing was confirmed to Variety by his agent Tanya Kleckner, who said, “He was a true gentleman and worked up until (his) passing. I’ve worked with him for 20 years and we became firm friends. He will be sorely missed. We are all heartbroken by this tragic loss, a beautiful soul gone way too soon.”

Born in Voskresensk, Russia (then part of the USSR) in 1962, Isyanov’s journey into film and TV began when he enrolled in the Perm Institute of Culture to study directing. However, his studies were put on hold in 1982 when he left for two-year mandatory military service in the Soviet Air Force. Once completed, Isyanov worked at the Khabarovsk Theatre before studying acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School.

After graduating from Moscow Art Theatre School, Isyanov relocated to the UK, where he appeared in various TV shows and films, including notable turns in the Nicolas Roeg-directed “Two Deaths” and the James Bond film “GoldenEye,” both in 1995. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1998, where he continued to work steadily in the industry until his death.

Isyanov’s recent credits include the recurring role of Russian mafia kingpin Anatoli Kirkin in CBS procedural drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Anton Petrov in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He’s also appeared in the likes of “GLOW,” “The Mentalist,” “Alias,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Prison Break.” And his movie work includes “Defiance,” “K-19: The Widowmaker,” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

The last projects completed before his death include the upcoming feature films “Blonde” and “25 Cents Pet Minute,” both of which are in post-production. “Blonde” is a biographical drama based on the life of Marilyn Monroe; Isyanov will portray classic Hollywood director Billy Wilder.

This article originally ran on tvinsider.com.

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