Chekhov was a Russian dramatist and short story writer, born in 1860. He received his medical degree in 1884 and worked in and around Moscow, supporting his parents and sister, Mariya, much of his life. In 1901 he married the actress, Olga Knipper, who had appeared in his plays when they were produced by the Moscow Art Theatre. He had contracted tuberculosis in 1883 , became a semi-invalid in 1898, and died in 1904. He and Olga had no children.