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Miodrag Petrović Čkalja
Миодраг Петровић Чкаља
Born (1924-04-01)1 April 1924
Kruševac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died 20 October 2003(2003-10-20) (aged 79)
Belgrade, Serbia

Miodrag Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Миодраг Петровић, pronounced [mîodraːɡ pětroʋitɕ], (1 April 1924 - 20 October 2003), best known for his stage name Čkalja, was a Serbian actor who was one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia.


He played in theatre, where he found talent for comedy, especially in plays by Branislav Nušić, his favourite author. However, it was new medium of television that made him famous. From 1959 until the 1980s, he appeared in many TV comedy shows: Servisna stanica, Dežurna ulica, Spavajte mirno, Sačulatac, Crni sneg, Ljudi i papagaji, Ljubav na seoski način (in which Silvana Armenulić guest starred), Kamiondžije and Vruć vetar.

Čkalja retired in the late 1980s and spent his last years peacefully. His last public appearance was during the DOS election campaign in 2000 in the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević.

In 2005, the statue of Čkalja was placed in front of his birth house in Kruševac. In 2006 a street in the Zvezdara neighborhood in Belgrade is named after him.

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