Renowned actor Marin Moraru has died on Sunday afternoon, around 17.30, at Elias Hospital. He was 79 years old.
The hospital manager, Dr. Doina Dimulescu said that the actor had been admitted to Elias Hospital approximately 10 days ago, suffering from a serious disease.
Marin Moraru was born on January 31, 1937 in Bucharest.
He graduated from the Theater and Cinema Arts Institute (IATC) in Bucharest in 1961. His film debut was in 1966, with the movie “Haiducii” (Outlaws), directed by Dinu Cocea. Marin Moraru starred in 25 feature films, one of them being “Amen”, directed by famous French director Costa Gavras.
Before his debut in feature film, he was an actor at the Youth Theatre (1961-1964), but he was also a prolific theater actor at the Comedy Theater (1965-1968), the Bulandra Theater (1968-1971) and the National Theater in Bucharest. Moraru was also associate professor at IATC during 1974 to 1980.
Moraru has been mostly famous as a comedy actor.
Together with late Gheorghe Dinica and Victor Rebengiuc, Marin Moraru received in 2008 an honorary degree from the Theater and Cinema Arts University (UNATC) on the occasion of the institution’s anniversary. That same year, the actor was decorated by President Traian Basescu with the National Order Faithful Service in the rank of Grand Cross. In 2009, Marin Moraru received the Gopo Prize for his entire career.
In 2012, he was granted a star on the Celebrity Alley in Time Square in Bucharest, while in November 2013, at the Gaudeamus Book Fair, he launched his autobiographical book “We are what our memories are”.
He was awarded in 2015 the Excellence Prize of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) 2015 for his entire activity.