Pavel Kozlov, portraying the character Victor Romanoff is one of the few Russian pro wrestlers in the industry known for their robust on-screen presence both in-ring and on-screen. Known from his fierce screen portrayal of evil characters, Pavel Kozlov is an American actor of Russian descent. His portrayal of heel character in wrestling, as well as harmful person portrayals on-screen, have earned him the recognition with an impressive list of credits. Pavel Kozlov showed us that hard work, determination, and thirst for knowledge would make us ready for anything. As a talented wrestler and actor, he continues to refine his skills while training hard to become the best Russian pro wrestler among big names in the industry like Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Malenko.
Talent and Creativity in Profession
Kozlov uses his talents in fighting and creativity in a wrestling ring as a phenomenal heel character Victor Romanoff: The Siberian Fighting Spirit. He has also used the same creativity and stereotypical advantage to bring vivid characters to the silver screen. Pavel is all set to become the next big thing in Hollywood due to his unique ability of transformation, both physically and mentally. As a Russian pro wrestler, he is among the very few who have gained the skill of creativity in-ring and carry that same demeanor on screen.
Hailing originally from Moscow, Russia, both of Kozlov’s parents were math professors at the University of Moscow, and it looked like Pavel will also follow their footsteps. However, after the tragic death of his father at age 13, Pavel Kozlov directed his passion for combat sports. Pavel always loved superheroes and martial arts as a child. He used to watch Russian translated broadcasts of WWE during his teenage years and recorded them on VHS. He trained and learned various moves through these videos, and the enjoyment he felt became the start of his journey.
Kozlov would have pursued his passion and fulfilled his dream wherever he was, and for that, he took the most significant leap of his life. He left everything behind and came to America to train and become a big name among Russian pro wrestlers in America. With nothing more than $2000 in his bag and little English that he knew, came to the USA to fulfill his passion. In 2007, he was in his final years of journalism, and he did not know what his destiny holds for him in the future.
Through Pavel’s journey, we understand that pursuing a passion is never easy, and that was the same case for him. In the beginning, he took a job as a dishwasher in local restaurants while training hard to develop his wrestling maneuvers and style.
In the beginning, Pavel faced the same stereotypes as anyone else does, but instead of taking them as unfavorable, he used them for his advantage. He took the image of an angry, evil Russian pro wrestler as his in-ring persona, and this evil character became successful for him. His fighting skills and creativity have earned him success and respect among his fellow athletes. He also took the same persona of evil Russian on the silver screen and had roles in shows like Black Lightning and MacGyver as well as appearances on WWE Raw.
Twelve years after he left for the USA, he is now a citizen, speaks fluent English, and has established himself as a successful Russian pro wrestler. After fulfilling his dream to become a wrestler and landing some roles in popular TV shows. He has now set his sights on Hollywood and is honing his acting skills to become a big name actor. He attends and provides assistance in acting workshops and tries to share his experience with beginners in acting that entire he has learned personally and professionally. His creativity and talent have developed through a lifetime of effort and hard work.
Pavel Kozlov is very proud of who he has become and that he never gave up on his dreams. There were times when he wanted to give up and turn back, but he kept on going and came a long way to create his significant role – Victor Romanoff.
Kozlov continues to improve his skills for both wrestling ring and silver screen to perform roles that are both intense and captivating for the audience. He has shown us that through hard work, we can not only live our dreams but also become an inspiration to others.