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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Actor Faces 10 Years in Jail After Bar Brawl

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With his impish, round-cheeked face, Vladislav Galkin began his career playing Huckleberry Finn and became one of Russia’s most popular actors.

But his good-guy image took a severe blow when he drunkenly shot at a barman who refused to serve him another drink and then punched a policeman.

On Wednesday, Galkin, 37, was charged with hooliganism using a weapon and nonlife-threatening violence against a law enforcement official. He could be sentenced to up to five years in jail for each charge.

The actor visited Tiki Bar, a Hawaiian-themed bar on Sadovo-Kudrinskaya Ulitsa near the Barrikadnaya metro station, on July 23.

When the barman refused to serve him a whisky, he bashed a chair against the counter. He then pulled out an air gun, fired a shot and threatened to use it against the bar staff, Anatoly Bagmet, head of the Investigative Committee’s Moscow branch, told Interfax.

A police lieutenant intervened, but Galkin punched him in the head. The officer is still hospitalized, Bagmet said,  Interfax reported.

Galkin apologized for the attack in a statement published in Moskovsky Komsomolets before he was charged.

“I send my deepest and sincere apology to Renat [Zinatullin, the injured policeman],” he wrote. “In this situation, he was injured undeservingly. I feel sad, repulsive and miserable.”

Strangely, the actor was only charged two weeks after he was detained. Life.ru reported that he showed a pass signed by Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev at the police station.

He is listed as a member of the Interior Ministry’s Public Council, a body intended to improve communication with the public.

Galkin began his career at the age of 9, starring as Huckleberry Finn in a popular television adaptation of Mark Twain’s book. He went onto specialize in tough action roles, often playing men in uniform.

He starred in “72 Meters,” a film about a submarine disaster, and in “Spetsnaz,” a television drama about the special forces in Chechnya. He also played poet Ivan Bezdomny in a recent television adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita.”

Galkin currently stars in a medical drama titled “I Heal” airing on CTC.