Rolan Antonovich Bykov was a Soviet and Russian actor, film director, script writer, poet, song writer. He was awarded People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1973 and the USSR State Prize in 1986.
Rolan Bykov was born to a Jewish family in Kiev.
He was born Rolan Antonovich Bykov, but in his official documents the name consistently was, following an official's mistake in 1946, misspelt as Roland Anatolyevich. As an actor, however, he always was called Rolan Bykov and never Roland.