Renowned Romanian actor Ion Caramitru, director of Bucharest National Theatre, dies at 79

Actor Ion Caramitru, who was leading the Bucharest National Theatre (TNB),  has died on Sunday at the Elias Hospital where he had been hospitalized fro three weeks. Doctors would have detected a blood infection in early August.
Ion Caramitru was 79 years old. He was born on March 9, 1942 in Bucharest to an Aromanian family, his mother was born near Thessaloniki and his father in the Albanian side of Korcea town, being of Christian Orthodox religion.
Caramitru graduated the “Ion Luca Caragiale” Theatre and Film Institute in Bucharest in 1964. He was actor, theatre director and theatre manager at Bulandra Theatre and TNB.

He performed in over 60 theatre plays adapted after Shakespeare, Cehov, Pirandello, Buchner, Bernard Shaw, Alfred de Musset, Suto Andras, Rolf Hochhuth and many others. He also starred in more than 40 films.

Caramitru led the Theatre Union in Romania, since its establishing in February 1990. He was awarded in 1995 by the British Queen Elizabeth II  with the title of “Honor Knight of the Order of the British Empire”.
He received the Honoris Causa award of the “George Enescu” Arts University from Iasi in 2008.

Caramitru was among the leaders of the anti-communist revolution in Bucharest in December 1989. On December 22, 1989, leading a group of demonstrators, he broke into the HQs of the Romanian Television, being the first who announced on the state TV that Ceausescu’s dictatorship was over.

For four years, since 1996 to 2000, he was minister of Culture.

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