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The Death of the World’s Oldest Actor. And One of its Greatest…

The Romanian actor, Radu Beligan – the “oldest active professional theatre actor”, according to the Guinness Book of Records – has passed away in Bucharest at the age of 97. His career on stage spanned almost 80 years. Three times President and Lifetime Honorary President of the International Theatre Institute, Beligan was a previous Artistic Director of the National Theatre in Bucharest and recipient of numerous prestigious awards and distinctions, amongst which was France’s The Legion of Honour. He was also awarded the Critics’ Award for his remarkable contribution to theatre. In Romania, he was considered a true legend, revered for his exceptional stage charm and praised for his inspiring brilliance. An entire chapter of theatre history ended on the 20th of July 2016. Rest in peace, Maestro!