Prolific ballet dancer, most recognized for his role as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.
After his mother decided he had a gift for dance, she sent him to France to receive proper training with Maria Nevelskaya (of the Bolshoi Ballet).
He had a part in Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight in 1952.
He was born in Russia.
He and Darcey Bussell are among the world's most renowned ballet dancers.