Tony Ranasinghe is no more


Veteran actor Tony Ranasinghe passed away at a private hospital today aged 77.

Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony Silva who later became popular as Tony Ranasinghe was born in July 31, 1937 in Modara.

He studied at St. Anthoy`s College Wattala and De LaSalle College, Modera.

Ranasinghe began his career in theatre with a role in Ran Thodu in 1963 which won him the Governor General’s Award for Best Stage Actor. This award was presented by minister T. B. Ilangaratne. Ranasinghe debuted in film with Lester James Peries’ Gamperaliya (1964) and followed it with Ran Salu. He worked with Peries’ again on Delovak Athara in a starring role.

Ranasinghe was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Sarasaviya Award in 1966 for his role in Parasathu Mal. Subsequently he won Best Actor Awards for Hanthane Kathawa (1969), Duhulu Malak (1976) and Ahasin Polawata (1979). In 1980 he played the father of the protagonist in Ganga Addara. 1993’s Saptha Kanya won him Best Actor Awards from Sarasaviya, Swarna Sanka, Presidential and OCIC. Ranasinghe has dabbled in screenplay writing winning Sarasaviya Awards for Koti Waligaya, Keli Mandala, Awaragira (1995) and Pavuru Walalu. (Information from Wikipedia)


  1. Late Tony Ranasinghe was a gentleman actor who brought a name and fame to Sri Lanka. He was one of those few artistes of the sinhala cinema who kept an indelible impression among the people. He was very humble: with an exemplary character: genial: charming and with sterling qualities. I knew him very closely and was one of the few invitees at his wedding at Hulftsdorp. His irreparable loss will be greatly felt by his family: relatives and friends. I offer my heartfelt condolence and sympathy. May his soul rest in peace and attain the highest place in Nirvana. Mamoun Saleh (California)

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