LADDIE RANAS­INGHE

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NOSTALGIA -

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.

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