Florian Pittiș

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Florian Pittiş
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Born Florian Pittiş
4 October 1943
Bucharest, Romania
Died 5 August 2007(2007-08-05) (aged 64)
Bucharest, Romania

Florian Pittiş (Romanian: [floriˈan ˈpitiʃ]; 1943–2007) was a Romanian stage and television actor, theatre director, folk music singer, and radio producer.

He attended the Gheorghe Lazăr High School in Bucharest and in 1968 he graduated from the Institute of Theatre. As a young actor he was hired at one of the best theatres in Bucharest, the Bulandra Theatre, where he worked with directors such as Andrei Şerban, Liviu Ciulei, Alexandru Tocilescu.[1] In the early '70s he studied in Paris with the well-known mime artist, Marcel Marceau.

In 1992, he was one of the founding members of the band Pasărea Colibri.

In 1998, he became the director of Radio Romania Tineret, known as Radio3Net since 2001, the only Romanian radio station that broadcasts exclusively on the Internet.

Great admirer of Bob Dylan, he had masterfully translated and adapted some of Dylan's songs: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Death is Not the End, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Mr. Tambourine Man, Rainy Day Women#12 & 35, She Belongs to Me, Silvio.

Florian Pittiș had a very active life and he was loved both by his own generation and by the youth. Emblematic for his image was his long hair, his informal wear, and his habit of smoking "Carpaţi", a brand of filterless cigarettes.[2][3][4][5] He was equally appreciated for his very particular voice,[6] as a singer, on stage, and as a voice-over in television programs. He was called many superlative and admirative names such as "the prophet of the blue-jeans generation" and "the most beautiful voice in the Romanian theater".[7]

In the Benelux and Norway he is remembered for his role as the Parrot in the 1976 (almost cult) Romanian-Soviet-French coproduction children musical movie "Ma-ma", which aired on Dutch Television in 1980. The movie was called "Rock and Roll Wolf" on Dutch Television and "Med Grimm og Gru" in Norway.

On 30 July 2007, Pittiş was admitted in serious condition at the Oncology Institute in Bucharest where he died a week later. For being popular in his own country he received an offer from Walt Disney Pictures in 1991, and provides the voice of Winnie the Pooh for the Romanian version of the series, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.[8]

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  1. ^ BBC News website, Romania mourns folk hero Pittis, 7 August 2007
  2. ^ Geambaşu, Cristian (August 2007), Moştenirea lui Pittiş, Gazeta Sportului, retrieved 2008-09-08  "Pittis fuma la greu la Carpati-fara..." ("Pittis was smoking heavily Carpati without filter...");
  3. ^ Roseti, Roxana; Silvana Chiujdea (9 January 2007), Radio3net este şi va fi un radio cu MOŢ, Jurnalul National, retrieved 2008-09-08  "Florian Pittiş – Profetul generaţiei in blue-jeans ca element distinctiv se găseşte fumul de Carpaţi." ("Florian Pittis-the prophet of the blue jeans generation, having as a distinctive element the smoke of Carpati [cigarettes]")
  4. ^ Pittis inseamna plete, blugi, tigari Carpati si rock, 13 August 2006, retrieved 2008-09-08  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help) "Pittis inseamna plete, blugi, tigari Carpati si rock" ("Pittis means long hair, blue jeans, Carpati cigarettes, and rock")
  5. ^ Pagina de suflete, 22 April 2005, retrieved 2008-09-08  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help) );"Te miri cand il vezi pe Pittis fumand Carpati fara filtru, fumator patimas, nu se fandoseste cu tigara, chiar o stoarce de fiecare molecula de nicotina." ("You have to wonder when you look at Pittis smoking filterless Carpati, a passionate/ardent smoker, he does not put on airs with his cigarette, rather he squeezes it of its each and every molecule of nicotine.")
  6. ^ (in Romanian) "Florian Pittiş: O voce de neuitat, un spirit liber, un idol cu plete", ProTV, 6 August 2008
  7. ^ (in Romanian) Gabriela Lupu, Andreea Lupu, "A murit Florian Pittiş. Era tînăr, doamnă", Cotidianul, 6 August 2007
  8. ^ http://www.zf.ro/afaceri-de-la-zero/cartoon-network-walt-disney-network-si-hbo-invata-quot-romaneste-la-sincronul-eroilor-de-desene-animate-2904956/

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