Rex Kodippili

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Rex Kodippili
Rex Kodippili.jpg
Born (1938-10-06) 6 October 1938 (age 79)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Occupation Actor, Producer
Spouse(s) Katherine
Children
  • Prasanna
  • Roshanthi
  • Surekha[1]

Rex Kodippili (Sinhala:රෙක්ස් කොඩිප්පිලි) is a Sri Lankan film actor and film director. Kodippili appeared in 139 films, mostly in the role of the villain. He also produced two films.

Kodippili's father died when he was 18 months old and, along with his two brothers, he was raised by his mother.[2] He married Katherine (? - 2016) with whom he had three children.[3]

Kodippili was a physical training instructor in the Military Police.[2] He was then employed as a manager at the Marina Café and Hotel at Pettah, before becoming the manager at Salaka, where he became friends with Oswald Jayasinghe.[2] In 1969, while he was dropping Jayasinghe off at a film location in Nugegoda, the film's director, K. A. W. Perera, approached him and cast him in the role of a pick-pocket in the film Kathuru Muwath.[2]

Film career (as an actor)[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1971 Kathuru Muwath debut film appearance, in an uncredited role as a pick-pocket
1972 Ihatha Athmaya
Lokuma Hinawa broke his leg in a stunt and was hospitalised for nine months[2]
1973 Hondai Narakai
Sunethra
Aparadaya Saha Danduwama
1974 Duleeka
Rodie Gama
Sureka
Dinum Kanuwa
Onna Babo Billo Enawa
Sagarika
Duppathage Hithawatha
1975 Damayanthi
Lassana Kella
Chandani
Hitha Honda Minihek
Mage Nangi Shyama
1976 Lassana Dawadak his first romantic role
Kauda Raja
Adarei Mang Adarei
Diyamanthi
Nilla Soya
Uannath Dahai Malath Dahai
Hulawali
Ran Thilaka
1977 Hariyanakota Ohoma Thamai
Yakadaya
Sakunthala
Maruwa Samaga Wase Siemen Appu
Chin Chin Nona
Hithuwoth Hithuvaaamai
Niluka
Yali Epade
Chin Chin Nona
Honda Hitha
Yasoma
1978 Chandi Shyama
Siripathula King Nissankamalla
Asha Desin
Mage Ran Putha
Sara
Tikira Lionel
Hithamithura
Deepanjali
Seetha Devi Kamal aka Kumbakarna
1979 Sugandi
Hari Pudumai Janthuwa
Rosa Mal Thunak
Minisun Athara Minisek
Wisihathara Peya Thomson Mudalali
Monarathenna King
Geheniyak
Samanmalee Lawyer
Muwan Pelessa
1980 Raktha Daanu
Mal Kekulu Mahinda
Uthumaneni
Seetha
Sankapali Village head
Mage Amma
Muwan Pelessa-2 Kadira fought a live black bear in one of the scenes[2]
1981 Chanchala Reka
Jeewanthi
Ranga
Thavalama
1982 Eka Diga Kathawak
Sudu Ayya
Bicykaley Kalu mahaththaya
1983 Sister Mary
Hithath Hondai Wedath Hondai
Chandi Sriya
Chandira Sakkara Mama
1984 Namal Renu
Rana Derana Nikapitiye Bandara
Sasara Chethana
Thaththai Puthai Saliya's father
1985 Kiri Madu Wel
Araliya Mal Police Inspector
Suradhuthiyo
Channai Kello Dennai
1986 Koti Waligaya Sargent Silva
Peralikarayo
1987 Ahinsa
Kavuluwa
Raja Wedakarayo
Hitha Honda Chandiya
1988 Satana
Sathutai Kurula Ape
1989 Mamai Raja
1990 Christu Charithaya Pilath
Veera Udara
Thanha Asha Sydney
Wana Bambara
Hitha Honda Puthek
1991 Salambak Handai
Raja Sellam
Uthura Dakuna Rex de Silva
1992 Rumathiyai Neethiyai
Ahimi Dadaman
Kadira
Sinhayageth Sinhaya
1993 Jeevan Malli
Weli Sulanga
1994 Nohandan Kumariye
Raja Wansen Ekek Wilson
Nomiyena Minisun
Ahas Maliga
1996 Sebe Mithura
Loku Duwa
Soora Daruwo
Bawa Sasara
Obatai Me Aradhana
1997 Soorayo Wedakarayo
Apaye Thathpara Asu Haradahak
Rathtaran Minihek
Puthuni Mata Wasana Doctor Perera
1998 Dorakasa Marawa
1999 Kolompoor guest appearance
2000 Anuragaye Ananthaya
2000 Kauda Bole Alice Nelson Fernando
2001 Oba Koheda Priye
Pissu Puso Mahanama
2002 Somy Boys Rex Mahaththaya
Pissu Double Danapala
2003 Pissu Trible Police Inspector
Sonduru Dadabima Police OIC
2004 Underworld
Ohoma Harida Gajasinghe Mudalali
Katawath Kiyannepa
Sumedha
2005 Mata Thama Mathakai
One Shot Minister Sallala Arachchi
2006 Naga Kanya
2006 Eka Malaka Pethi
2006 Anjalika Kavya's father
2007 Wada Bari Tarzan Treasure hunter
2007 Jundai Gundai
2007 James Bond
2008 Heart FM
2008 Superstar Jayawardana
2008 Rosa Diganthe
2009 Ali Surathal
2009 Juliya
2009 Thushara remake
2010 Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe Ayeshmantha's father
2010 Jaya Pita Jaya IP Saliya
2011 Kiwwada Nahi Nokiwwada Nahi
Nidi Yahana Kelabei
Mahindagamanaya
2012 Sakvithi Dadayama
2014 Ranja OIC. guest appearance
2015 Maharaja Ajasath Purohitha
2017 Devani Warama
2017 Dr. Nawariyan[4] Mr. Senanayake
TBD Breaking News
TBD Divorce
TBD Rainbow
TBD Black Male
2018 Yama Raja Siri Nilnayani's father[5]
TBD Hamlet Post production.[6]

Film career (as a producer)[edit]

Year Film Notes
1974 Sihasuna
1982 Bycikalaya

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Loving Villain". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wijekoon, Channa Bandara (21 January 2013). "Retake on the 'Good' Baddie". Daily News. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "End of an Eternal Love of 52 years". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Doctor Nawariyan film plot". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Director in many roles". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hamlet to Sinhala cinema". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 

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