The 36th death anniversary of outstanding yesteryear actor Laddie Ranasinghe falls on May 26. He was one of Sinhala Cinema’s most prolific actors who introduced a new dimension to the field of acting. Ladislaus Perera Ranasinghe, born at Tudella in 1913 was educated at the Chilaw Church’s English School. While working as a translator at the Christian Council, Laddie started a new drama titled ‘Yagnawe Mahimaya’ with Hugo Fernando. Then he joined B.A.W. Jayamanne’s Minerva drama troupe and years later formed his own troupe called the ‘Arcadians’ . Laddie also worked at Radio Ceylon as a producer of children and film programmes. He made his film acting debut in 1949 acting in Sri Carrol Reed’s ‘The outcast of the islands’ which was shot in Sri Lanka. Having made his Sinhala film debut in 1953 (Prema Tharangaya) Laddie went on to prove the immense talent he possessed as a character actor. Then he followed it up with movies like Warada Kageda, Radala Piliruwa, Suraya, Sukumali, Weera Vijaya, Mangalika and several others. Laddie soon became the highest paid actor in the local cinema industry before the emergence of Gamini Fonseka who also hailed Laddie’s acting style. The outstanding actor last acted in ‘Dewiyane Oba Kohida’ in 1977 and passed away six years later.