Born on 15 June, 1936 in Moscow into the family of the famous actor M.S. Derzhavin, People’s Artist of the RSFSR and one of the leading actors of the Vakhtangov Theatre.
In 1954, he applied to the Shchukin Theatre College (in L.M. Shikhmatov’s course), and after graduating, from 1959 onwards he worked in the Lenkom Theatre. In 1967, the actor performed on the stage of the Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya, to which he transferred among other actors who followed in the footsteps of A.V. Efros, and in that same year arrived at the Satire Theatre, where he works to this day.
He made his film debut while still a second-year student, playing the leading role in the film “They Were The First.” One of his most remembered roles was in the film “Three In the Boat, Not Counting the Dogs,” directed by Nahum Birman, based on the work on Jerome K. Jerome, in which Derzhavin acted with his stage partners Andrey Mironov and Aleksandr Shirvindt. In the 90s, he acted in many of A. Eiramdzhan’s films, such as “Babnik,” “My Little Sailor,” and others.