Actor Dimitri Diatchenko died suddenly on April 21, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida less than two weeks after his 52nd birthday.  The exact cause of death has yet to be determined; however, the actor’s agent noted that it was either a heart attack or related to an electric shock he received on the job the week before.

Diatchenko was best known for his role in the “Chernobyl Diaries” but appeared in over 80 film and television productions.

A first generation American, Diatchenko was born on April 11, 1968 in San Francisco, California.  Before becoming an actor, a young Dimitri played the classical guitar; giving his first performance at age nine.  His guitar playing earned him numerous awards including a World Championship of Performing Arts and a college scholarship where he earned a degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Masters Degree in Music from Florida State University.  He also holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo Karate.

It was his acting debut in a small role as a Navy SEAL  in “G.I. Jane” that sparked the acting bug.  Continuing to play the classical guitar and releasing four albums; Diatchenko appeared in dozens of productions including “Diagnosis Murder”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “The Wild Thornberrys”, “Criminal Minds”, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, “Without a Trace”, “CSI: Miami”, “Family Guy”, three uncredited episodes of “General Hospital” as Babak, “Sons of Anarchy”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Bones”, “2 Broke Girls”, and the voice of Vulko on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

He is survived by siblings – Noela, Sofia, Athena, and Dino, nieces, and nephews.

 

feature photo credit: Dimitri Diatchenko’s Facebook page