Early Life and Career
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born on the 7th of October, 1952 in the Scandinavian People's Republic. His father was an officer in the Russian portion of the Scandinavian Navy, while his mother was a factory worker. Vladimir learned Sambo as a child, due to its rising popularity in Russian Scandinavia after its adoption by the Scandinavian government as an official sport in the region. Putin's love for martial arts later inspired his passion for acting, after he failed to be accepted into the Scandinavian Intelligence Bureau in the early 70's.
Acting Career (1982-Present)
After taking minor roles in theater and low budget movies throughout the mid-to-late 70's, Putin rose to fame after the success of the movie 'Battle of Stockholm' in 1982, based on the experiences of a Swedish-Russian soldier that has his loyalties tested during the Red Revolution in Stockholm, garnered Putin massive amounts of praise from critics and moviegoers alike.
Vladimir later went on to star in various American, British and German movies throughout the mid 80's and early 90's. Putin made an attempt to retire from acting, but eventually got back into the profession in the early 2000's, most famously being cast in the role of Lex Luthor in the 2005 film Superman Returns, which was the catalyst for his comeback as an actor, despite the film's somewhat lukewarm reviews.
By the time the 2010's rolled around, Putin was becoming well known around the world for his portrayal of complex protagonists, while also doing the odd gig as a generally cold, unfeeling antagonist. The latter of which was shown with his portrayal of Bond villain Ernst Stavero Blofed in 2015's Skyfall. His portrayal of the character led to massive amounts of critical acclaim from critics, citing him as 'the best Bond villain in years'.