Call of Duty as a franchise has had some memorable antagonists over the years, and arguably the best of the lot was Vladimir Makarov from the Modern Warfare series. Makarov is part of a terrorist cell that wants to reform the world through attacks on different cities located all over the globe. His voice actor, Roman Varshavsky, lends the character a certain gravitas and that coupled with strong storytelling makes Makarov a memorable antagonist.

Vladimir Makarov from the Call of Duty franchise.

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But Roman Varshavsky is more than just a voice actor in video games; he has appeared in several live-action television shows as well. Those familiar with his stellar work in Call of Duty are pleased to see him appear elsewhere, despite the fact that he doesn’t land the largest roles. In fact, sometimes his character doesn’t even have a name. Nevertheless, Roman Varshavsky does lend a certain presence to every role he performs, whether it be Makarov or someone else entirely.

His acting credentials are quite extensive, as expected from someone who’s been in the acting business for nearly thirty years. He’s had roles in everything from romantic dramas to supernatural young adult shows to thrillers, and some of these shows date back to the mid-1990s before Roman Varshavsky had even starred as Makarov in Call of Duty. He has appeared briefly in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is set in Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. Often, but not always, Varshavsky portrays a Russian character.

Roman Varshavsky in Agents of SHIELD

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Here is a list of five shows that Roman Varshavsky has starred in:

1. 24

24 aired on Fox from 2001 – 2010 and had a brief revival in 2014 as well.

24 is an action drama series that is about counterterrorism operations in the United States. It received positive reviews from critics and its fifth season in particular was praised by both fans and critics. It’s in this very season that Roman Varshavsky starred as Komar, a Dawn Brigade separatist/terrorist who was active on Day 5, for three episodes. He was killed by protagonist Jack Bauer.

2. Stranger Things

Stranger Things has been released on Netflix since 2016

Stranger Things is a science fiction drama horror web series on Netflix, and Varshavsky plays a Russian who appears in the epilogue of the season finale of the third season, “Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”, which is set in Russia. He is credited here as “Upstairs Russian in Hub”.

3. Alias

Alias, created by J.J. Abrams, aired on ABC from 2001 – 2006

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Alias is a thriller and science fiction television series, and Varshavsky appears as an unnamed Russian this time as well, in the twelfth episode of the fifth and final season, simply being called “Well tailored Russian”. The episode is titled “There’s Only One Sydney Bristow”.

4. The Shield

The Shield aired on FX from 2002 – 2008

The Shield is a crime and drama television series, and in the twelfth episode of the fourth season, titled “Judas Shield”, Roman Varshavsky appears as a lieutenant of the Russian Mafia named Osip. This is a minor role where he provides the protagonists with valuable information.

5. ER

ER aired on NBC from 1994 to 2009

ER is a medical drama series that ran for over three hundred episodes over the course of fifteen seasons. Here, Roman Varshavsky stars in the third episode of its tenth season, titled “Dead Abby” and is an unnamed character again, simply credited as “Hand Guy”.

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