|Miodrag Petrović Čkalja
Миодраг Петровић Чкаља
Čkalja on a 2007 Serbian postage stamp.
1 April 1924
Kruševac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
|Died||20 October 2003
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Miodrag Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Миодраг Петровић, pronounced [mîodraːɡ pětroʋitɕ], 1 April 1924 – 20 October 2003), known by his stage name Čkalja (Чкаља), was a Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia.
He performed in the theatre, where he displayed a talent for comedy, especially in plays by Branislav Nušić, his favourite author. However, it was the 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.
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