Tony Ranasinghe

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Tony Ranasinghe
Tony Ranasinghe in a scene from the movie "Delovak Athara".png
Tony Ranasinghe in a scene from Delovak Athara
Born Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony Silva
(1937-07-31)31 July 1937
Modara, Sri Lanka
Died 16 June 2015(2015-06-16) (aged 77)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Education St. Anthony's College Wattala and De LaSalle College, Modera
Occupation Actor, Writer[1]
Religion Roman Catholic

Tony Ranasinghe (31 July 1937 – 16 June 2015) was a veteran actor in cinema, teledrama and stage drama in Sri Lanka.[2] He is known as the Lover of the 70s in Sri Lankan cinema due to the many popular films in which he acted. He was mostly restricted to innocent main role which is full of glamour and feelings. He died on 16 June 2015 at a public hospital in Colombo at the age of 77. According to critics, he is the last Crowned king in Sri Lankan cinema to be died after Gamini Fonseka, and Joe Abeywickrama.

Until his death, he acted in 115 films, in 43 of which he was the leading actor and in 72 of which he played a supporting role. He also contributed as a script writer to 2 films.

Early life & career[edit]

Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony Silva, who later became popular as Tony Ranasinghe, was born July 31, 1937 in Modara.[2] He studied at St. Anthony's College, Wattala, and De LaSalle College, Modera.[3] Ranasinghe began his career in theatre with a role in Ran Thodu in 1963, which won him the Governor General's Award for Best Stage Actor. This award was presented by minister T. B. Ilangaratne. Ranasinghe made his film debut with Lester James Peries' Gamperaliya (1964) and followed it with Ran Salu. He worked with Peries again on Delovak Athara, in which he had the starring role.[4]

Awards[edit]

Ranasinghe was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Sarasaviya Award in 1966 for his role in Parasathu Mal. Subsequently he won Best Actor Awards for Hanthane Kathawa (1969), Duhulu Malak (1976) and Ahasin Polawata (1979). In 1980 he played the father of the protagonist in Ganga Addara. 1993's Saptha Kanya won him Best Actor Awards from Sarasaviya, Swarna Sanka, Presidential and OCIC. Ranasinghe has dabbled in screenplay writing, winning Sarasaviya Awards for Koti Waligaya, Keli Mandala, Awaragira (1995) and Pavuru Walalu.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1963 Gamperaliya Baladasa
1964 Getavarayo
1965 Sekaya
1966 Parasathu Mal
1966 Sihina Hathak
1966 Delovak Athara Nissanka
1966 Kinkini Paada
1966 Senasuma Kothanada
1967 Wasanthi
1967 Manamalayo
1967 Sadol Kandulu
1968 Adaravanthayo
1968 Singithi Surathal
1968 Hangi Hora
1968 Indunila
1968 Dahasak Sithuvili
1969 Pravesam Vanna
1969 Naarilatha
1969 Hari Maga
1969 Hanthane Kathawa
1970 Penawa Neda
1971 Kalana Mithuro
1971 Samanala Kumariyo samaga Api Kawadath Soorayo
1972 Adare Hithenawa Dakkama
1973 Hathdinnath Tharu
1973 Sunethra
1973 Gopalu Handa
1973 Hodai Narakai
1974 Dinum Kanuwa
1974 Sheela
1974 Vasthuwa
1974 Sagarika
1975 Suraya Surayamai
1975 Hitha Hoda Minihek
1975 Kaliyuga Kale
1975 Kokilayo
1976 Ransalu
1976 Unnath Daahai Malath Daahai
1976 Adarei Man Adarei
1976 Duhulu Malak Mr. Suraweera
1976 Walmath Vuvoo
1976 Looka Horu
1976 Asha
1976 Deyyange Theenduva
1976 Mangala
1976 Onna Maame Kella Panapi
1976 Hulavali Bibile Aththo
1976 Saradiyelge Putha
1977 Sakunthala
1977 Pembara Madu
1978 Hitha Mithura
1978 Maduwanthi
1978 Veera Puran Appu
1978 Sithaka Suwanda
1978 Sara
1978 Ahasin Polawata Sarath
1979 Eka Hitha
1979 Nuwan Renu
1979 Subhani
1980 Uthumaneni
1980 Ektam ge
1980 Mayurige Kathawa
1980 Hewanali Ada Minissu
1980 Ganga Addara D.J. Atapattu
1980 Sasaraka Pethum
1980 Bambara Pahasa
1980 Parithyaga
1981 Ran Ethana
1981 Samawenna
1981 Sayuru Thera
1981 Bandura Mal
1981 Beddegama Fernando
1982 Yahalu Yeheli
1982 Pethi Gomara
1982 Re Manamali
1982 Sagarayak Meda
1982 Valampuri
1982 Malata Noena Bambaru
1983 Sandamali
1983 Samuganimi Ma Samiyani
1983 Samanala Sihina
1984 Maya
1984 Sasara Chethana
1984 Kokila
1985 Sudu Mama
1985 Kaliyugaya
1985 Adara Kathava
1986 Dinuma
1986 Koti Valigaya
1986 Dushyanthi
1987 Janelaya
1987 Sathyagrahanaya
1992 Kulageya
1992 Sisila Ginigani
1993 Saptha Kanya Dabare
1995 Avaragira
1997 Duwata Mawaka Misa
1997 Tharanaya Podi Mahaththaya
1997 Savitrige Raththriya
1998 Eya Obata Barai
1999 Kolompoor
1999 Pawru Walalu
2000 Saroja
2000 Anuragaye Ananthaya
2001 Mahadena Muththai Golayo Roththai
2001 Anantha Rathriya Lawyer Vicky
2001 Kinihiriya Mal
2002 Salelu Warama
2003 Le Kiri Kandulu
2004 Diya Yata Gindara
2004 Randiya Dahara
2006 Ammavarune Rathnapala Hamuduruvo
2007 Sikuru Hathe
2008 Heart FM
2008 Nil Diya Yahana

Script Writing[edit]

Year Film Director
1986 Koti Valigaya Gamini Fonseka
1991 Kelimadala D.B. Nihalsinghe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actor turned writer: Tony’s passion for Shakespeare drama". Sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b ":: Daily Mirror - Opinion ::". Archives.dailymirror.lk. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  3. ^ ":: Daily Mirror - Opinion ::". Archives.dailymirror.lk. 2005-08-06. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  4. ^ "||Pow Wow". Sundayobserver.lk. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 

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