Actor Ion Lucian died Saturday night at the Floreasca Emergency Hospital. The popular actor had been admitted to hospital on March 11, with symptoms of anaemia and bronchopneumonia. Ion Lucian, a well-known theatrical actor, director, scenarist and playwright was born on 22 April 1924, in Bucharest. He graduated the Royal Academy of Theatre and Music of Bucharest, in 1945. At 18, he was already playing on the stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest then, between 1945 and 1947, he was hired by the Alhambra Musical Theatre. He was founder and manager (1964-1972) of the ‘Ion Creanga’ Children’s Theatre, and also founded the Excelsior Theatre of Bucharest in 1990, whose manager he was ever since. During 2010-2011, Ion Lucian played a role in ‘The Red Comedy,’ directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, at the National Theatre.He was an Officer of the National Order Legion of Honour (France 2004) – the culmination of his remarkable career in the French-speaking culture. He was distinguished with the Labour Order 1st and 2nd Class, the Cultural Merit Order 1st Class, and was Knight of the National Order Faithful Service. He received the Award for Excellence during the 2007 edition of the Romanian Comedy Festival. On May 4 last year, the Excelsior Theatre inaugurated its new premises in Bucharest, in presence of its manager Ion Lucian, whose name was given to one of the halls.