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    Veteran Actor Tony Ranasinghe laid to rest

    June 20, 2015

    President Maithripala Sirisena paid his last respects to late veteran actor Tony Ranasinghe at the National Art Gallery on Friday morning. werMedia Minister Gayantha Karunarathna, Rupavahini Corporation Chairman Somarathna Dissanayake and veterans in the field, politicians and many others arrived to pay their last respects.

    His funeral took place on Friday in Maththumagala, Mahabage.


    Tony Ranasinghe, who passed away at 77, rendered great service towards the progress of the Sri Lankan cinema industry
    Tony Ranasinghe was born in July 31, 1937 in Modara. He studied at St. Anthoy`s College Wattala and De LaSalle College, Modera. Ranasinghe began his career in theatre with a role in Ran Thodu in 1963 which won him the Governor General’s Award for Best Stage Actor. Ranasinghe debuted in film with Lester James Peries’ Gamperaliya (1964) and followed it with Ran Salu. He worked with Peries’ again on Delovak Athara in a starring role.


    Ranasinghe was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Sarasaviya Award in 1966 for his role in Parasathu Mal. Subsequently he won Best Actor Awards for Hanthane Kathawa (1969), Duhulu Malak (1976) and Ahasin Polawata (1979). In 1980 he played the father of the protagonist in Ganga Addara. 1993’s Saptha Kanya won him Best Actor Awards from Sarasaviya, Swarna Sanka, Presidential and OCIC. Ranasinghe has dabbled in screenplay writing winning Sarasaviya Awards for Koti Waligaya, Keli Mandala, Awaragira (1995) and Pavuru Walalu.

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