Actor Gheorghe Dinica who passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 75, will be laid to rest in the Bellu Cemetery in the Artists Lane right near Maria Tanase’s grave, in Bucharest, on Friday, Acasa TV representatives announced. The body of the artist will be laid in the Icoanei Church in Bucharest, on Wednesday, where people can pay their respects and say their final farewells. Bucharest National Theatre sources say Gheorghe Dinica will be laid in the Theatre’s Grand Hall foyer on Friday. As the actor has received the ‘Faithful Service’ Award in the rank of Grand Officer, he will be buried with military honours. The Cemeteries Administration from the Bucharest Municipality on Tuesday announced that one of the main lanes in the Bellu Cemetery would be named Gheorghe Dinica from now on. The actor was honoured by international press. The New York wrote: “ some called Dinica “the Robert de Niro of Romania,” given his resemblance to the American actor. Romanians admired him for his wide repertoire and his singing, but also because of his modesty, humor and his refusal to praise the country’s late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, as some artists had done. Dinica frequently thrilled Romanians by spontaneously breaking into song at Bucharest restaurants where he was dining.” Actor Gheorghe Dinica died in hospital at the age of 75 on Tuesday. He had been admitted to hospital on October 22 and put straight into intensive care, in a bad general condition. Gheorghe Dinica was born on January 1, 1934 and graduated the Bucharest Institute of Theatre and Cinema – the Dina Cocea class. He debuted in 1963, in a film called ‘Strainul’ and then played in over 60 different productions. In 1999, UNITER granted him the excellence Award and in 2008 he became Doctor Honoris Causa of the National University of Theatre and Cinema.