Imre Sinkovits

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The native form of this personal name is Sinkovits Imre. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
A mural of Imre Sinkovits

Imre Sinkovits (September 21, 1928 in Budapest – January 18, 2001 in Budapest) was a Hungarian actor.[1][2]


After a year in Downtown Theatre and an other in Youth Theatre, in 1949 he got a job in National Theatre, where he stayed until 1956. His breakthrough role was Imre Madách's Moses, which he had played for 22 years, more than 700 times. On 23 October 1956 he recited Sándor Petőfi's Nemzeti dal at the Petőfi Square in Budapest in front of a crowd of 20,000 people. This was the opening act of a youth protest, which protest in a few hours became a nationwide revolt against the government. Sinkovits became a member of the Hungarian Theatre and Film Association Revolutionary Committee on the 30th October. After the revolution was crushed, Sinkovits was banned from acting for a half year for his activities, and his membership in the National Theatre was terminated. Between 1958 and 1963, he worked in the Attila József Theatre. In 1963 he returned to the National Theatre and he became one of its dominant actors for decades. At the May 4, 1991 reburial ceremony of Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty in Esztergom, Sinkovits delivered a powerful rendition of Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty's poem Szózat before the 50,000 mourners in attendance.[3] Szózat is considered to be a second national anthem of Hungary.

Personal life[edit]

In 1951, Sinkovits married Hungarian actress Katalin Gombos (b. February 12, 1929 Hódmezővásárhely; died November 6, 2012 Budapest). They had two children: Andrew Sinkovits-Vitay and Mariann Sinkovits, both of whom also became actors. Sinkovits and Gombus are buried in the Óbuda cemetery. Sinkovits's & Gombos's grave in Óbuda cemetery

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