Trib­utes paid to late ac­tor Veg­gos

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Trib­utes poured in yes­ter­day for one of Greece’s most pop­u­lar and re­spected ac­tors, Thanas­sis Veg­gos, who kept cin­ema, the­ater and TV au­di­ences en­ter­tained for more than 50 years but who spent the last five months in hos­pi­tal.

Veg­gos died yes­ter­day morn­ing at the age of 84. He un­der­went surgery twice last year af­ter suf­fer­ing a brain hem­or­rhage.

Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou de­scribed the vet­eran ac­tor in af­fec­tion­ate terms. “He ex­pressed, in the roles he played and in his own out­look, the very essence of hu­man life, the daily strug­gle we all face, the dif­fi­cul­ties we must tackle, which is what makes us hu­man and what unites us, in the end.”

Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis added to the many trib­utes be­ing paid to Veg­gos. “To­day, Greece is mourn­ing the loss of a great co­me­dian,” said Kami­nis. “A per­son who was hum­ble, sim­ple, who, de­spite the lau­rels of suc­cess and his wide- spread recog­ni­tion, lived dis­creetly, on stage and off.”

Cul­ture Min­is­ter Pav­los Ger­oulanos also fo­cused on Veg­gos’s per­sonal qual­i­ties in his state­ment. “Thanas­sis Veg­gos will al­ways sym­bol­ize some­thing spe­cial and unique for Greek peo­ple be­cause he em­bod­ied ba­sic Greek char­ac­ter­is­tics: a mea­sured man, hum­ble, but also cre­ative with pride and gen­eros­ity.”

Dur­ing his lengthy ca­reer, Veg­gos had roles in more than 120 films and was one of the stars of the so-called golden age of Greek cin­ema in the 1960s. In his 20s, he was ex­iled to the is­land of Makro­nis­sos due to his left­ist lean­ings. There, he met di­rec­tor Nikos Koundouros, who gave him a role in his sem­i­nal 1954 movie “Magiki Po­lis” (Magic City). Veg­gos went on to work with other top Greek direc­tors such as Pan­telis Voul­garis and Theo An­gelopou­los.

In 2008, Veg­gos was awarded the Or­der of the Phoenix, one of Greece’s high­est awards.

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