Tennison Cooray

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Tennison Cooray
ටෙනිසන් කුරේ
Born Moratuwa, Sri Lankan
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education Methodist High School, Moratuwa
Occupation Actor, Screenplay Writer, Film Director ,Producer , (Justice of peace)
Years active 1986- present
Spouse(s) Malsiri Eranjani
Children Madhu Mihiri

Tennison Cooray ( සිංහල:ටෙනිසන් කුරේ ), is a Sri Lankan film and stage actor,[1][2] screenplay writer, and director. He is one of Sri Lanka's best-known comedians,[3] along with Freddie Silva and Bandu Samarasinghe.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Tennison is known for the many stage dramas he has performed in throughout the country such as I'am Sri Lanka.[6] He has also appeared in comedy films with Samarasinghe on numerous occasions, including Ræ Daniyel Dawal Migel 1 2,3, Pissu Puso, Kolompoor, Parliament jokes, and Somy boys. His first film as a director was Thank you Berty, which was released on 25 November 2011.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

He studied at Methodist High School, Moratuwa.

Filmography[edit]

Cooray debuted in Sinhla cinema in Peralikarayo. He wrote the story and screenplay, as well as and acting in the film.. Cooray wrote the stories for Vijaya Kumaranatunga's Waradata Danduwam and Dinesh Priyasad's Kolompoor. He directed and acted in Thank You Berty.

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Peralikarayo Teni film's scriptwriter
1987 Nommara Ekai Koka Khan film's scriptwriter
1987 Obatai Priye Adare Anta film's scriptwriter
1988 Chandingeth Chandiya
1990 Sambudu Mahima
Hondin Nathnam Narakin
Pem Raja Dahana Guru's ally
Esala Sanda Don Frank Peter Anderson
Honda Honda Sellam Tenny
Cheriyo Doctor Attendant
1991 Alibaba Saha Horu 40
1992 Singha Raja
Sinhayageth Sinhaya
Ranabime Weeraya
Malsara Doni A. Linganadan
1993 Come or Go Chicago Harrah the Karrah
Vijay Saha Ajay
1994 Love 94 Ballpoint
1995 Cheriyo Captain Bantum
1996 Cheriyo Darling Doctor Dunath Mala 'D. M'
1998 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1 Migel
1999 Kolompoor Thadawansa plays seven different roles
Nagaran Lakiya
2000 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 Migel
2001 Pissu Pusoo
Jonsun and Gonsun Jonson
Kolamba Koloppan Tenny
2002 Parliament Jokes P.K Amaris
Somy Boys Bean
Love 2002 Tom
Seethala Gini Kandu Tamil policeman
2003 Aladinge Waldin Aladdin 'Dean Martin'
Taxi Driver
Hitha Honda Pisso Sunny
Vala In London Valentine 'Vala' / Professor Surpentine
2004 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 3 008 / Migiel
Ohoma Harida Sathyapala
Clean Out Bookie
2005 James Bond James/Jamies
2007 Jundai Gundai Gunda
Hai Master
Weda Beri Tarzan Tarzan / Mesan dual role
2008 Ai Oba Thaniwela
2010 Hadawatha Mal Yayai
Ape Yalu Punchi Boothaya Jeevang Gurungnanse guest appearance
Wada Bari Tarzan Mathisabayata Tarzan
2011 Kiwwada Nahi Nokiwwada Nahi Sanath Perera
Thank You Berty Berty Cooray's first directorial role
2012 Jeevithe Lassanai Kalyana / Ku.Ku.La(Kude Kudu Laos)
2013 Ranja Johnny
2014 Supiri Andare Andare / Galiver Dual Role
Parapura Dilanga's friend Minor role
2015 Singa Machan Charlie Charlie
2017 Kota Uda Express Weere
Devani Warama
2018 Yama Raja Siri Martin [9]
TBD Adda Lanuwa Damma Kodiya[10]
TBD Nathi Bari Tarzan[11]
TBD Ugulai Magulai[12][13]
2015 Eya Thamai Meya[14] Roma Second directorial role, Home Movie
TBD Jaya Sri Amathithuma
TBD Thiththa Aththa [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennyson Cooray". imdb. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Actor Tennyson Cooray". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Comedians of Sinhala Cinema". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Golden Stars with the Golden Chimes". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 
  5. ^ "22 years of MAF". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 
  6. ^ "Tenny with I am Sri Lanka". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Thank You Berty". SIRISARA film. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "A serious chat with Tennyson Cooray". Nation.lk. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Director in many roles". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Adda Lanuwa Damma Kodiya in post productions". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "No creepers al all". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ugulai Magulai starts". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "The tale of Senaka - Ugulai Magulai". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Tenny into direction again". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "The story of Walisinghe". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 

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