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Friday 26 December 2014

Romanian, 95, oldest active actor

Romanian actor Radu Beligan performs at the National Theatre in Bucharest after being named the worlds oldest active actor at age 95 (AP)
Romanian actor Radu Beligan performs at the National Theatre in Bucharest after being named the worlds oldest active actor at age 95 (AP)

Romanian actor Radu Beligan has been declared the world's oldest active actor at the age of 95.

Beligan celebrated the title confirmed by Guinness World Records yesterday by stepping into the main role of The Egoist by French playwright Jean Anouilh, playing ageing playwright Leon Saint-Pe for the 330th time.

Beligan debuted in a stage version of Crime And Punishment in 1937. Beloved by Romanians for his melodious voice, aquiline features and stern gaze, he has starred in 80 plays, acted in 30 films and made numerous television and radio performances.

After being presented with a certificate of the Guinness award, he called on theatregoers to stop applauding.

"I have no merits at all. I am the result of the love you've shown me for so many, many years," he said.

AP

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