Alexander Godunov
Alexander Godunov
Personal information
Date of birth

November 28, 1949

Place of Birth

Sakhalin, Russian SFSR, USSR

Date of Death

May 18, 1995

Cause of Death

Complications from hepatitis and alcohol abuse

Years Active

1985-1995 (acting)

Die Hard


Appeared in

Die Hard

Alexander Borisovich Godunov (November 28, 1949 – May 18, 1995) was a internationally known Russian ballet dancer and actor, whose defection caused an 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 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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