Veteran actor G.R. Perera passes away

Sri Lankan veteran actor G.R. Perera has passed away at the age of 83.

According to family sources, Perera had been ill for a long period and passed away today at his home.

The family sources further said that the arrangements for his final rites will be announced later.

Galhenage Rathnapala Pererais a veteran actor in Sri Lankan cinema, theatre, and television and has acted in more than 600 television serials with a career spanning over five decades.

Born on 13 November 1939, G.R. Perera started his film career with the 1971 film ‘Welikathara’ directed by D.B. Nihalsinghe with a minor role.

He first appeared in a major role in the second film of his career, ‘Kalu Diya Dahara’ directed by Manik Sandarasagara.

G.R. Perera’s maiden television acting role came through the serial ‘Thunkal Sihinaya’ directed by Tissa Abeysekara, while his role “Malakada Bass” in the serial ‘Doo Daruwo’ was the turning point of his teledrama career.

He has also acted in six foreign films which include three Indian, two American, and one German film.