(23.02.1911 - 24.05.1987)
Shamsi Badalbeyli was born in Shusha. He belongs to the famous dynasty of Azerbaijani artists, along with his uncle Ahmed Agdamski, older brother Afrasiyab Badalbeyli and son Farhad Badalbeyli. Shamsi Badalbeyli graduated from high school in Baku and enrolled in the Azerbaijan State Conservatoire in 1927, majoring in Theory of Composition. After graduating in 1932 and doing fieldwork in Moscows Maly Theatre, he successfully directed Monsieur Jordan and Mastali the Dervish by Mirza Fatali Akhundov at the Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre. He continued to work there until 1942.
Shamsi Badalbeyli directed his first play (Olular by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh) in the early 1940s. Throughout his life he directed 35 pieces. He starred in a number of films, namely Akhirinji ashirim ("The Final Pass"), O Gizi Tapin ("Find That Girl"), and Omrun sahifalari ("Pages of Life").