01.10.2018 News / Reports

PREDRAG EJDUS DIES

Predrag Ejdus, member of the ensemble of the National Theatre in Belgrade, died on 28th September, at the age of 72, after a prolonged illness.

One of the best Serbian actors, beloved by his colleagues and widely appreciated both by audiences and theatre critics, was born in Belgrade on 24th July, 1947.  He studied acting at the Theatre, Film and Television Academy with professor Ognjenka Milićević in the first two years and with professor Predrag Bajčetić in the third year.  He graduated in 1972 from the class of professor Milenko Maričić.

During his long and successful career, Ejdus appeared in around 200 productions.  His performances were acclaimed on stages in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Zagreb…in Germany, France, Canada, USA, Hungary, Switzerland… His most memorable performances include characters such as Osip Mandelstam, Joakim Vujić, Prince Myshkin, Franz Kafka, Napoleon, Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov, Boris Godunov, Isaac Babel, Porfiri Petrovich, Laza Dunđerski, Faust, Shylock, Dougie, Herzl, Mosca…

Generations of theatre goers will remember his fantastic portrayal of Kir Janja, main character of the eponymous comedy by Jovan Sterija Popović, a role he played ever since the opening night on 25th December, 1992.  His last appearance as Kir Janja and his 237th performance was on 21st April of this year.

Another interesting fact is that Ejdus performed the role of Bernard Drach in Chauvinist Farce by Radoslav Pavlović and directed by Egon Savin, around 1800 times.

His success on stage extended to roles in film and television.  He appeared in more than 50 films, tv dramas and series.

Ejdus became a member of the ensemble of the National Theatre in Belgrade shortly after his graduation.  This is where he worked for 20 years before deciding to move to Yugoslav Drama Theatre.  13 years later he returned to the National Theatre, this time as its general manager in the period between 2007 and 2009.

Ejdus is the recipient of many awards including Dobričin Prsten lifetime achievement award which is the highest decoration an actor can receive in Serbia.

This year he received two lifetime achievement awards – Sterijino Pozorje award for contribution to drama and culture and the Golden Turkey lifetime achievement award.

He was president of the Serbian Association of Dramatic Artists in the period between 1985 and 1989.

He also taught for over a decade at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade.

The time and place of Predrag Ejdus’ funeral will be announced in due course.

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