H. A. Perera

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H. A. Perera
Born Habarakadage Alosius Perera
(1950-05-10)May 10, 1950
Balangoda, Sri Lanka
Died 4 February 2010
Occupation Actor, Director
Years active 1973–2007

H. A. Perera (10 May 1950 – 4 February 2010) was a Sri Lankan actor who made a mark through his appearances on several popular television serials and films. He is considered as one of five actors who have dominated the Sri Lankan Stage by critics.[1]

Early years[edit]

Habarakadage Alosius Perera was born in Colombo to Palagame Arachchige Mary Theresa and Habarakadage Vincent Perera. He attended Modera (Mutwal) St. James's school.


Perera made his way through several higher education schools and completed his studies in London. In 1973 he joined his first theatrical group. Perera joined Ranga Shilpa Shalika conducted by Dhamma Jagoda at Lionel Wendt Art Centre, to study music but found his career changed to acting.[2]


In 1982, Perera made his television debut with a role in Janalayan A Amutha. Subsequently, Perera has been a regular on television serials appearing in Doo Daruwo and Nedeyo among others.


Rajjiruwo Udai Udai his first short stage play. He acted in the stage plays such as Bosath Dekma, Raja Dekma, Spartacus, Wedikkarayo and Julius Caesar.[3]


He portrayed Jesus in Niriella's first film, Palamuveniya saha Anthimaya. In 1987, he appeared in the film for which he is best-remembered, Sumitra Peries' Sagara Jalaya Madi Haduwa Oba Hinda. He directed music in Niriella's stage plays and was the first instructor of Jana Karaliya.[citation needed][4][5]


Perera died on 4 February 2010, aged 59, in hospital after a brief illness.[6][7]

Partial filmography[edit]

  • Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Handa (1988)
  • Siri Medura (1989) - Socialist
  • Palama Yata (1991) - Rex
  • Keli Madala (1991) - Poojitha Tennekoon
  • Kulageya (1992)
  • Meeharaka (1993) - Gunapala's father
  • Vimukthi (1994) - Underworld Thug (final film role)


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