Toma Caragiu

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Toma Caragiu
Born (1925-08-21)21 August 1925
Aetomilitsa, Ioannina Prefecture, Greece
Died 4 March 1977(1977-03-04) (aged 51)
Bucharest, Romania
Occupation actor
Nationality Romanian

He was married to Pusha Balaure

Toma Caragiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtoma karaˈd͡ʒi.u]; 21 August 1925 – 4 March 1977) was a prolific Romanian theatre, television and film actor.

He was born in Ploiesti, Romania in an Aromanian family, from the Greek village of Aetomilitsa, in the region of Epirus on 21 August 1925. Toma Caragiu was one of the best Romanian actors, with a rich activity in both film and theatre. He liked to play comic characters, but he excelled also in drama, on of his reference films being “Actorul si Salbaticii”. He played alongside great actors such as Ştefan Bănică, Octavian Cotescu, Anda Calugareanu etc.

Toma Caragiu is most famous for his monologues. In these short stories, he managed to put together stories that combined sarcasm, satire, black humor. His monologues are subtle and deal with a variety of topics, starting with politics and ending up with mythical concepts. In each and every monologue he used to put a personal touch, thus creating a warm and humorous atmosphere.

His tragic death was unexpected, occurring in Bucharest, during the earthquake of 4 March 1977, while he was in his most creative period of his life, and being far from having said the last word in the Romanian theater and film. He is buried in the Bellu cemetery.

Motto: — I heard people laugh when it comes to you — I laugh at them, they laugh to me…Toma Caragiu

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