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January 26, 2022

Guinness record: Radu Beligan, longest living actor still on stage

Radu Beligan, who will turn 95 this Saturday, will receive the title of longest living actor still on the theatrical stage, to be awarded by the Guinness Book of Records on Sunday at the National Theatre of Bucharest (TNB), Mediafax informs.
On Sunday, at TNB, right after the end of ‘The Egoist,’ with Radu Beligan as both director and actor, he will be awarded the title of longest-living actor still in activity on a theatrical stage. The show will begin at 7.00 PM.
The award will be presented by TV host Catalin Maruta, who – along with the team of his show ‘La Maruta’ – made the approaches for inscribing the name of Radu Beligan into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Radu Beligan will also be celebrated the day when he turns 95, on December 14, at the Metropolis Theatre of Bucharest, where he will play in ‘The Cello Lesson’ directed by Felix Alexa.
Radu Beligan has been an actor for 70 years, during which he delighted the Romanian public with many roles that inspired joy, emotion and strong feelings.
Radu Beligan, born on 14 December 1918, has a prodigious activity in theatres, films, television and radio. He played famous roles in masterpieces of the Romanian and universal dramaturgy, signed by playwrights like Ion Luca Caragiale, Barbu Stefanescu Delavrancea, Camil Petrescu, Tudor Musatescu, Mihail Sebastian, William Shakespeare, Carlo Goldoni, Nicolai Vasilievich Gogol, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, George Bernard Shaw, Maxim Gorky, Albert Camus, Eugen Ionescu, Jean Anouilh etc. He is also known to the Romanian public as director of plays like ’The Egoist’ by Jean Anouilh, ‘A Lost Letter’ by I. L. Caragiale, ‘The Unwilling Doctor’ by J. B. P. Moliere, ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Eric Assous.
Radu Beligan headed the Comedy Theatre of Bucharest between 1961 and 1969 and the National Theatre of Bucharest from 1969 to 1990. He was also a profession of the Theatre and Film Institute (1950-1965) and was elected as honourary member of the Romanian Academy in 2004, as recognition of his artistic career.
He was awarded many medals: Grand Officer of the ‘Faithful Service’ Order, the golden star and collar of the Order of the Yugoslav Flag, Officer of the National Order of the Honour Legion of France. Radu Beligan is also a Doctor Honoris Causa of the ‘I. L. Caragiale’ National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art of Bucharest.

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