|Died||May 2, 1993 (aged 70)|
|Resting place||Vagankovo Cemetery, Moscow|
In 1939, he enrolled in drama school in Kharkov, where he studied for the following two years. After the World War II began, Ivan started to work in the Gorky Drama Theater (Stalingrad). There he worked until he removed to Moscow in 1963. In Moscow Lapikov joined the Film Actor's Theater-Studio.
His first role in cinema was in the film The Reserve Player (1954). After The Chairman (1964 film) by Alexey Saltykov (1964), where the actor had played the brother of the lead character, Lapikov became famous. Later he created a whole gallery of the Russian characters: Kirill in Andrei Rublev, Lyagavy in The Brothers Karamazov, Pankrat Nazarov in Eternal Call, and many other roles.
- Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1965)
- People's Artist of the RSFSR (1974)
- People's Artist of the USSR (1982)
- USSR State Prize (1979)
- Lenin Komsomol Prize (1979)
- Vasilyev Brothers State Prize of the RSFSR - 1973
- The Lapikov Museum, in the village of Gorny Balykley
- Memorial plaque to Ivan Lapikov at the house in Volgograd where he lived