Vesa-Matti Loiri

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Vesa-Matti Loiri
Vesa-Matti Loiri.jpg
Born (1945-01-04) 4 January 1945 (age 69)
Helsinki, Finland
Other names Vesku
Occupation actor, musician
Awards

Jussi for Best Actor
1976 Rakastunut rampa
Honorary Jussi
1963 Pojat
Jussi for Best Supporting Actor
1982 Pedon merkki
Telvis

1984 Best Actor
1986 Best Actor
1987 Best Actor
1999 Special Telvis
Venla
1989 Special Venla

Vesa-Matti "Vesku" Loiri (born 4 January 1945, Helsinki) is a Finnish actor, musician and comedian, best known for his role as Uuno Turhapuro, whom he portrayed in a total of 20 movies between the years 1973 and 2004.

Loiri became an actor in 1962, when he had a role in the movie Pojat, directed by Mikko Niskanen. Loiri did most of his work with Spede Pasanen. In 2005, he starred in the film Shadow of the Eagle, which was directed by Timo Koivusalo. Six films starring Loiri are in the top 20 list of the highest-grossing domestic films in Finland.[citation needed] Total amount of tickets sold to the screenings of these six films is 3,715,948.[citation needed]

As a musician, Loiri has performed Perttu Hietanen's compositions, Eino Leino's poems, Carl Michael Bellman's drinking songs and Juha "Watt" Vainio's songs. Loiri also plays the flute, a talent he put to use representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 in The Hague/Netherlands with the song "Huilumies", dedicated to his flute. He finished last in a field of 19 participating countries. During his career, Loiri has sold over 730,000 certified records in Finland and is currently the fifth-best-selling soloist and ninth-best-selling artist of all time in the country.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He was the voice of the Genie in the Finnish dub of Disney's Aladdin, even performing the musical number Friend Like Me.

Loiri has also had a lifelong interest in sports.[citation needed] In billiards he had the office of chairman of the Finnish billiards association for multiple years.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1971: 4+20
  • 1972: Vesku Suomesta
  • 1973: Veskunoita
  • 1974: Merirosvokapteeni Ynjevi Lavankopoksahdus
  • 1977: Vesku Helismaasta
  • 1978: Eino Leino
  • 1980: Ennen viimeistä maljaa
  • 1980: Eino Leino 2
  • 1981: Vesa-Matti Loiri tulkitsee Oskar Merikannon lauluja
  • 1983: Täällä Pohjantähden alla
  • 1984: Lasihelmipeli
  • 1985: Eino Leino 3
  • 1986: Naurava kulkuri
  • 1987: Voi hyvä tavaton
  • 1988: Pim peli pom
  • 1988: Sydämeeni joulun teen
  • 1989: Unelmia
  • 1990: Seitsemän kertaa
  • 1994: Vesa-Matti Loiri
  • 1995: Kaksin
  • 1995: Uuno Kailas
  • 1995: Nauravan kulkurin paluu
  • 1997: Rurja
Year Album Peak positions Certification
FIN
[7]
1998 Sydämeeni joulun teen 6
2000 Kirkkokonsertti  –
2001 Eino Leino 4 – Päivän laskiessa 6
2003 Ystävän laulut 1
2004 Ystävän laulut II - Albatrossi 2
2004 Ivalo 1
2004 Inari 1
2008 Kasari 1
2009 Hyvää puuta 2
2010 Skarabee 3
2011 4+20 (re-release) 3
2013 Tuomittuna kulkemaan 1
2014 Kaikkien aikojen Loiri 6

Compilations[edit]

  • 1973: Laulu on iloni ja työni
  • 1992: Lapin kesä
  • 1996: 20 suosikkia – Lapin kesä
  • 1996: 20 suosikkia – Saiskos pluvan
  • 1999: Lauluja rakastamisen vaikeudesta
  • 2001: Kaikki parhaat
Year Album Peak positions Certification
FIN
[7]
2001 Parhaat - Vesku Suomesta 18
2007 Ystävän laulut 1 & 2
(compilation of 2003 and 2004 albums)
12
2008 Naurava Kulkuri – Huumorinkukkia 17
2012 Lauluni aiheet I 14
Lauluni aiheet II 27
Lauluni aiheet III 28

Singles[edit]

  • 2008: "Sydämeeni joulun teen" (reached #14 in the Finnish Singles Chart)
  • 2009: "Hyvää puuta" (reached #19 in the Finnish Singles Chart)

Filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vesa-Matti Loiri" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Vesa-Matti Loiri (Kusela)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät kotimaiset albumit" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät ulkomaiset albumit" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät kotimaiset singlet" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät ulkomaiset singlet" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  7. ^ a b "Vesa-Matti Loiri discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Katri Helena
with Katson sineen taivaan
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1980
Succeeded by
Riki Sorsa
with Reggae OK

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