Todor Kolev (actor)

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Todor Kolev
Тодор Колев
Todor Petrov Kolev

(1939-08-26)26 August 1939
Died15 February 2013(2013-02-15) (aged 73)
OccupationFilm and Theatre Actor
Singer and Showman
Years active1965–2013
Political partyUnion of Democratic Forces (1989-1991)
Independent (1991-2013)

Todor Petrov Kolev (Bulgarian: Тодор Колев; 26 August 1939 – 15 February 2013) was a leading Bulgarian film and stage actor, singer, comedian and TV presenter.

Born in Shumen, his first major film was Tsar i General (Tsar and General) in 1966. He has appeared in more than 30 films. He is best known to the Bulgarian audience by his roles in comedies such as Gospodin za edin den (King for a day), Dvoynikat (The Double), Prebroyavane na Divite Zaytsi (The Hare Census), Tsarska Piesa (Royal Play), Posledniyat Ergen (The Last Bachelor), Opasen Char (Dangerous Charm).

During the Communist rule, he was temporarily exiled from Sofia to Sliven for a joke he made in public that there were three Toshkos who made Bulgarians laugh ("Toshko" is the diminutive form of the name Todor in Bulgarian): the Communist leader Todor Zhivkov, the clown Toshko Kozarev and himself. However, in his biography Varnenskoto Sofianche Ot Shumen, Todor Kolev denies having ever said this.

He died on 15 February 2013 in Sofia, after serious illness of lung cancer.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1972 Koziyat rog / The Goat Horn Deli Bulgarian: Козият рог
1973 Prebroyavane na Divite Zaytsi / The Hare Census the young hunter Bulgarian: Преброяване на дивите зайци
1974 Posledniyat ergen / The Last Bachelor Tsokov
Bulgarian: Последният ерген
1978 Toplo / Warmth master-builder Bulgarian: Топло
1980 Dvoynikat / The Double associate professor Denev, cousin Ivan Bulgarian: Двойникът
1983 Gospodin za edin den / King for a Day Purko
Bulgarian: Господин за един ден
1984 Opasen char / Dangerous Charm Bulgarian: Опасен чар
1987 Samo ti, sartze / Only You, My Heart managing director Milchev Bulgarian: Само ти, сърце
1988 Noshtem po pokrivite/On the Roofs at Night Kosta Rashkov Bulgarian: Нощем по покривите



  • Gencheva, Galina (2008). Bulgarian Feature Films encyclopedia. Sofia: Publishing house "Dr Ivan Bogorov". ISBN 978-954-316-069-3.
  • Kovachev, Pencho (2008). 50 Golden Bulgarian Films. Sofia: Publishing house "Zahariy Stoyanov". ISBN 978-954-09-0281-4.

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