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Alexander Borisovich Godunov (November 28, 1949 – May 18, 1995) was an internationally known Russian ballet dancer and actor, whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the US and the USSR. After his defection, Godunov appeared in Die Hard where he portrayed Karl, the right-hand man of Hans Gruber. Godunov has appeared in other films such as Witness, The Money Pit, North (with Bruce Willis) and The Zone (with Robert Davi).


On May 18, 1995, Godunov was found dead at his West Hollywood home from alcohol abuse with complications from hepatitis. His ashes were released into Pacific ocean. His headstone reads: His future remained in the past.

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