Captain Disillusion Biography: Who is Captain Disillusion?  


Captain Disillusion is a Soviet-born American independent filmmaker and YouTuber. Alan Melikdjanian, known by the alias Captain Disillusion, was born on April 13, 1980, in Riga, Latvia. He is 42 years old as of 2022. His parents were Vilen Melikdjanian and Tatiana Melikdjanian.

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Captain Disillusion was born to Soviet-era circus performer parents. He is of Armenian and Russian descent. Regarding his education, he lived with his grandmother while attending school. His parents usually toured around while performing.


Captain Disillusion was educated at the William H. Turner Technical Arts High School in Miami, where he studied video production and 3D animation. He later graduated from the Miami International University of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film production.

Captain Disillusion earlier joined his family in the United States after they defected to the country in the late 1980s. He was the co-founder and creative director of, as well as the co-founder and chief creative officer of Openfilm. The latter closed in August 2015. He initially set out to make his sites alternatives to YouTube.


His self-titled “Captain Disillusion” YouTube Channel has gained around 2.34 million subscribers alongside 220 million views so far. His channel has been active since 2007.

Captain Disillusion’s works have received recognition from The Huffington Post, Kotaku, Russian TV International, Phil Plait, the James Randi Educational Foundation, Fortean Times, Home Media Magazine, and Sun Sentinel, among others.

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