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Oleg Vidov Has Died Aged 73

Oleg  Vidov, a box-office star in the Soviet Union who defected to the U.S. and appeared in Red Heat with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wild Orchid opposite Mickey Rourke, has died.

Oleg was 73-years-old and he died yesterday from cancer-related complications in Westlake Village, Calif., his friend Kathy Jura announced.

In 1985, Vidov immigrated to the U.S., taking up residence in Los Angeles, and went on to appear in films including Love Affair (1994), The Immortals (1995), Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1998), Thirteen Days (2000) and Monkey Love (2002) and on TV shows including The West Wing and Alias.

In honor of his 70th birthday, Channel One Russia gave him a primetime party on its popular Let Them Talk program hosted by Andrey Malakkov.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons Viacheslav and Sergei.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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