Branislav Lečić

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Branislav Lečić
Бранислав Лечић
Branislav Lečić 2020.png
Lečić in 2020
Minister of Culture and Media
In office
25 January 2001 – 3 March 2004
Preceded byMilan Komnenić
Succeeded byDragan Kojadinović
Personal details
Born (1955-08-25) 25 August 1955 (age 67)
Šabac, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Political partyDemocrats of Serbia (2021)
DS (1991–2005; 2014–2020)
LDP (2005–2008)
My Serbia (2008–2010)
DHSS (2010–2014)
SpouseNina Radulović (m. 2010–17)
ChildrenIvan, Ana and Lav
EducationFaculty of Dramatic Arts
Alma materUniversity of Arts in Belgrade
OccupationActor, politician

Branislav Lečić (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав Лечић; born 25 August 1955) is a Serbian actor, director, academic, writer, politician. Known for his versatile portrayals of emotionally vulnerable characters with strong senses of moral justice,[1] Lečić rose to prominence for his role as the rebellious Crni in twelve-episode mini-series Sivi dom (1986).

Since his initial rise to fame, he has established himself as one of the most prolific Serbian actors of all time.[citation needed] He is further known for his role as Royal Army officer Radekić in Silent Gunpowder (1990), poet Aleksa Šantić in biopic television film Moj brat Aleksa (1991), literature professor Teodor Kraj in The Professional (2003) and eccentric captain Tasić in St. George Shoots the Dragon (2008). For his role in Silent Gunpowder, Lečić was awarded a Golden Arena for Best Actor and the Silver St. George Award for Best Actor at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival. His other notable starring film credits include My Uncle's Legacy (1988), Charuga (1991) and Labyrinth (2002).

Lečić has also done extensive stage work, winning many accolades and critical acclaim.[citation needed] He has been employed in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre ensemble as a drama champion, in which he achieved roles as Uncle Vanya and Hamlet.[2] He also directs plays at his own LekArt Theatre and teaches diction and acting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

Politically active, he served as the Minister of Culture and Media from 2001 to 2004.

Acting career[edit]

Lečić speaking at the Democratic Party (DS) convention in December 2010.

He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Belgrade as an actor in 1978. He made his lead role as the rebel Vanya in 1977's Specijalno vaspitanje. His portrayal was praised by critics, including Slaven Ivanović, Gavrilo Milivojević, Savo Milosavljević, Dragan Bajetić and Goran Jovanović,[3][4][5] the latter expressing concern that Lečić would be typecast as a young and liberal rebel. Supporting roles in Hajduk (1980) and Dečko koji obećava (1981), with the lead role in Direktan prenos (1982) showed Lečić's emotional and acting range in a mature, sensible light.[6]

The zenith of his understanding the everyman's delinquent came with the iconic role of Crni in Sivi dom. Starring with acting titans Bata Živojinović and Dragan Nikolić, Lečić became a household name[7][8] and the role is now considered legendary in the Balkans.[9]

After starring in the series and the film My Uncle's Legacy alongside Fabijan and Filip Šovagović, he then rose to continental fame as Royal Army officer Rade Radekić in Silent Gunpowder, winning him the Golden Arena for Best Actor and the Silver St. George Award for Best Actor at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1991, he also played poet Aleksa Šantić in biographical television drama Moj brat Aleksa (1991), showing a great sense of empathy for the romantism movement in Europe and later in Bosnia.

In 2002, he starred in Labyrinth, which gained him an Apollo Award at the Novi Sad Culture and Theatre Festival for Outstanding Achievement in a Motion Picture.[10] In 2003, he amassed a leading role as Serbian-language and literature professor Teodor "Teda" Kraj in The Professional (2003), which gained universal critical plaudits, including praise from Jasmina Ahmetagić and Muharem Pervić.[citation needed] He also portrayed captain Tasić in St. George Shoots the Dragon (2008), starring with Lazar Ristovski, Zoran Cvijanović and Bora Todorović.

Lečić appears in Boris Malagurski's documentary film The Weight of Chains (2011). Lečić has also recited poets, narrated audiobooks and recorded dramas for radio.[11] He has also provided voice-work for numerous Serbian-language dubs for animated feature films, including Anger in Inside Out and Spider-Man Noir in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[citation needed]

Lečić also provided his vocals and dramatic interpretation for Bubamara, a Serbian-language ballad recorded with Montenegrin singer-songwriter Knez.[12][13]

He has been very successful in theater, where he received several awards. Lečić one of the founders of several of the most important theater groups that influenced theater of the former Yugoslavia. As a drama champion in both the Belgrade National Theatre and the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, he has performed in the Atelje 212 Theatre, the Croatian National Theatre in Split and the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik in a wide spectre of comedic and dramatic roles.

Politics and humanitarianism[edit]

Besides acting, he also took part in political life, being the leader of "Plišana revolucija" (Plush Revolution), during the reign of Slobodan Milošević. After the victory of the DOS in the 2000 presidential elections, he was named the Minister of culture in the government of the late Zoran Đinđić. After Čedomir Jovanović left Democratic Party (Serbia), Lečić followed, and became one of the founders of LDP. Soon afterwards, he left LDP, and founded the "Moja Srbija" (My Serbia) Movement, taking part in Serbian elections in 2008. In early 2010 he and his party merged into the Christian Democratic Party of Serbia. After the death of its founder and long-term leader Vladan Batić due to prolonged and progressive cancerous illness, Lecic was elected DHSS party president.

An active and liberal humanitarian, he has worked with various charities, including with colleague and friend Marko Živić.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He has a son Ivan and daughter Ana from his first marriage to Ivana Vujadinovic, older sister of Bojana Vujadinovic. Later he was married to Nina Radulović, a television presenter with whom he has a son named Lav. They separated in 2016 and officially divorced in 2017.[citation needed]

Rape accusation[edit]

On 22 March 2021, it was revealed that actress Danijela Stajnfeld accused Lečić of raping her in 2012,[15] while on the same day an audio recording of their phone call was leaked to the public of what appears to be a conversation between Lečić and Štajnfeld about the alleged rape.[16] On 13 July 2021, the Public Prosecutor's Office dismissed Štajnfeld's criminal report.[17]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Hajduk Kapetan Topolac
1987 Oktoberfest Lepi
1988 Život sa stricem Vinko Maglica
1989 Battle of Kosovo Bayezid
1990 Silent Gunpowder Milos Radekic
1991 Čaruga Crveni Bozo
1993 Three Tickets to Hollywood Gavrilo
1995 Underground Mustafa
2002 Lavirint Milan Aksentijevic
2003 The Professional Teodor Teja Kraj
2008 St. George Shoots the Dragon Kapetan Tasić

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Price iz fabrike Ivan Djakovic
1986 Sivi dom Crni 7 episodes
1987 Vuk Karadžić Hajduk Veljko 4 episodes
1998–2005 Porodicno blago Ljubomir Starcevic - Ljuba Ris
2007–2008 Vratiće se rode Pera
2013–2015 Zvezdara Stole 'Stenli'
2018–2019 Pogrešan čovjek Dimitrije Crnkovic
2021 Alexander of Yugoslavia Nikola Pašić

Serbian dubs[edit]

Year Film Role
2002 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Saluk
2003 Monsters, Inc. Henry J. Waternoose
2003 Finding Nemo Chum
2004 The Lady and the Tramp Jim Dear
2005 Home on the Range Larry the Duck
2007 Surf's Up Reggie Belafonte
2007 The Simpsons Movie Ned Flanders
Barney Gumble
Dr. Julius Hibbert
2008 Kung Fu Panda Tai Lung
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Buck
2013 Despicable Me 2 Eduardo "El Macho" Perez
2015 Inside Out Anger
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Buck
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man Noir

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Branislav Lečić". biografija.org.
  2. ^ "BESPLATNA PREDSTAVA: Branislav Lečić režira Hamleta". kurir.rs. 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Branislav Lečić biografija". sinemanija.com. 2 November 2015.
  4. ^ KAO GROM IZ VEDRA NEBA: Branislav Lečić i Nina Radulović se posvađali zbog Atine Ferari?
  5. ^ "Branislav Lečić predao kandidaturu za predsednika DS". rs.n1info.com. N1. 25 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Golden Arena is the Croatian equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Actress - London Critics Speak". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  7. ^ 'Sivi dom': Posjećivali popravni dom da bi pripremili snimanje
  8. ^ "Sivi dom". Leksikon YU mitologije.
  9. ^ Sivi dom legenda, Sivi dom - kultna serija ponovno na televiziji (in Croatian)
  10. ^ "Branislav Lečić - biografija". sveopoznatima.com.
  11. ^ Vukadinović, Srdjan (2012). "Teatarski Pohod Branislava Lečića" (PDF). srdjanvukadinovic.com.
  12. ^ "Kako je nastala pesma "Bubamara", duet Kneza i Leke". antrfile.com. 11 February 2018.
  13. ^ Pribak, Nenad (30 April 2015). "Knez snimio englesku i francusku verziju". evropesma.org.
  14. ^ "Humanitarci Nina i Branislav Lecic". poznati.info.
  15. ^ "Glumica optužila Lečića za silovanje, on negira". Radio Slobodna Evropa (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  16. ^ Insajder. "Ekskluzivno: Snimak razgovora glumice Danijele Štajnfeld i Branislava Lečića koji je dostavljen tužilaštvu (AUDIO)". Insajder (in Serbian). Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  17. ^ "Odbačena prijava Štajnfeld protiv Lečića". n1info.com (in Serbian). nova.rs. 13 July 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.

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Government offices
Preceded by Minister of Culture and Media
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by — DISPUTED —
President of the Democratic Party
2020–present
Incumbent