Actor Mircea Albulescu dies at 81

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Romanian actor Mircea Albulescu died on Friday at the Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest; he was 81.

Hospital spokesman dr. Bogdan Oprita made the announcement and mentioned that Albulescu had been admitted as an emergency on Thursday.

The actor had underwent heart surgery in 2014, in a specialized hospital in Timisoara.

Mircea Albulescu was born on 4 October 1934 in Bucharest.

He graduated from the Technical High School of Architecture in 1952.

He began his acting career as an amateur with the Popular Athenaeum Ana Ipatescu. The National Theatre hired him in 1950 as an extra; he was admitted at the Theatre and Cinema Art Institute in 1952, in the class of Professor Aura Buzescu, and graduated in 1956. He got his PhD in radio theatre with a thesis on the ‘Convertibility of acting expression means in the process of creation’, and later taught acting art at the same Institute, from 1985 to 2005. Actors Elvira Deatcu, Florin Piersic Jr., Natasa Raab, Adrian Titieni, Irina Movila, Alexandru Jitea, Cristiana Raduta, Alexandra Velniciuc and Irina Cojar were some of his students.

He was an actor of the Municipal Theatre of Bucharest (1956-1968), of the Comedy Theatre (1968-1974), then of the National Theatre from 1974 until his retirement in 1997.

From 30 December 1992 to 4 April 1994, he was state secretary in the Ministry of Culture.

His career included more than 80 roles on stage, 70 films, one TV series, a couple of TV shows, and 300 roles over 40 years of radio theatre.

He was also a writer, and published poems and essays.

Honorary member of the National Theatre I.L. Caragiale of Bucharest, member of the Senate of UNITER actors’ union, of the Union of Professional Journalists of Romania, and of the Romanian Filmmakers Association UCIN.

He won many awards of film festivals, of actors’ unions, of the Ministry of Culture, of the Romanian Academy, of the Theatre and Cinema Art Institute; decorated with the Order of Faithful Service in rank of Commander in 2000 and with the Cultural Merit Order in rank of Grand Officer in 2004.

Since 2011, he had a star on the Walk of Fame in Bucharest downtown; the city also made him an honorary citizen.