Alexander Borisovich Godunov was born November 28, 1949 in Sakhalin, Russia and died May 18, 1995 in West Hollywood, California, United States. He was a Russian-American ballet dancer and film actor. A member of the Bolshoi Ballet, he became the troupe’s Premier danseur. In 1979, he defected to the United States. While continuing to dance, he also began working as a supporting actor in Hollywood films. He had several small but prominent roles in films such as Witness and Die Hard.