Yuri Tymoshenko (June 2, 1919 - December 1, 1986), stage name Tarapunka
- Ukrainian comic, sketch master, comedian, actor, laureate of a Stalin
Prize (1950), People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1960).
Yuri Tymoshenko was born on June 2, 1919 in Poltava. In 1914 he graduated
from Kyiv Theatre Institute.
Tarapunka and Shtepsel was a comic duet of actors Yuhym Berezin (Shtepsel)
and Yuri Tymoshenko (Tarapunka). It was very popular in USSR.
Tymoshenko was a laureate of the USSR State Prize (1950), awarded 4 orders
He died on December 1, 1986 and buried at Baikove cemetery in Kyiv.