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Radu Beligan to receive Gopo Lifetime Achievement Award

On March 24, Radu Beligan will receive the Gopo Lifetime Achievement Award, according to a press release issued by the Romanian Film Promotion Association and cited by Agerpres.
One of the most important awards in the Romanian film industry, the Lifetime Achievement Award has been previously given to remarkable acting figures like Mitica Popescu, Iurie Darie, Ion Besoiu, Draga Olteanu-Matei, Marin Moraru, and Jean Constantin.
Born December 14, 1918, in Galbeni (the anagram of which resulted in the actor’s name), Bacau County, Radu Beligan is one of the most prolific Romanian film, theater, and television actors and his career spans 70 years.
Beligan has written three books – Note de insomniac (2001), Luni, Marti, Miercuri… (1978), and Pretexte si subtexte (1968) – and taught at the Theater and Film Institute between 1950 and 1965. He also was bestowed with the titles of Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of Theatre and Film ‘I.L. Caragiale,’ Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, and Doctor Honoris Causa by the George Enescu Academy in Iasi.
An honorary member of the Romanian Academy since 2004, Radu Beligan was included in the Guinness Book of Records last December as the Oldest Living Theater Actor.
The 2014 Gopo Awards Gala is organized by the Romanian Film Promotion Association (AFPR) and Transilvania Film, and supported by Babel Communications, the National Cinema Center, ArCuB, and the Bucharest City Hall.

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