The 20 best Serbian actors all off time.by miloshadzic | created - 15 Dec 2011 | updated - 15 Dec 2011 | Public
Actor | Balkanski spijun
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic was born on 11th of August 1934 in Belgrade, Stojkovic in Belgrade. He was one of the most prominent and respectable actors in the history of Yugoslav and Serbian cinema.
He acted in 68 films during his life (debut in Covek iz hrastove sume (1964)), more than 50 TV dramas and...
Danilo Stojković (August 11, 1934 - March 16, 2002), commonly nicknamed Bata (Бата), was a Serbian theatre, television and film actor. Stojković's numerous comedic portrayals of the "small man fighting the system" made him popular with Serbian and ex-Yugoslav audiences, most of them coming in collaborations with either director Slobodan Šijan or scriptwriter Dušan Kovačević - or both.
Belgrade born and bred Stojković, a well-known theatre actor by the mid-1960s, started his film career with the 1964 feature Izdajnik (lit. "The Traitor"). A string of TV and minor film roles ensued, with the most important ones coming in guise of being a father figure to the main protagonist - Čuvar plaže u zimskom periodu (Beach Guard in Winter, 1976), Pas koji je voleo vozove (The Dog Who Loved Trains, 1977) being the most recognizable ones - as well as the part in critically well-received Majstor i Margarita (Il Maestro e Margherita, 1972). He also fulfilled the fatherly role in an immensely popular TV show Grlom u jagode. The show originally aired in 1975 and kept finding its audience through numerous reruns in the 1980s and the 1990s. Most notably, he almost stole the show as the minor antagonist in Goran Marković's urban classic Nacionalna klasa do 750 cm³ (National Class Category Up to 750 ccm, 1979).
Arguably, Stojković delivered some of his finest work while working with the director Slobodan Šijan, who was in turn most successful when working with Dušan Kovačević scripts. Kovačević, a talented playwright with a special gift for biting satire, had a knack for writing characters which Stojković could perfectly translate to screen. The combination of those three creative talents yielded some of Serbia's most memorable cinematic efforts to date. Šijan, who previously worked with Stojković on a several TV productions, made his big screen debut with Ko to tamo peva (Who's Singing Over There?, 1980), a farcical comedy set at the beginning of World War II in then Yugoslavia. In a strong cast ensemble, Stojković distinguished himself with role of a Germanophile bus passenger on the way to Beograd in the eve of 6th April 1941 - the day that Belgrade was bombed by the Axis Powers marking Yugoslavia's entry into the war. Ko to tamo peva was released to great critical and commercial success, and has won two awards at the Montreal World Film Festival in Canada. To this date, it is considered one of the finest Yugoslavian films ever. The success of Ko to tamo peva opened new doors for Stojković, who then established his film star status with a string of critically acclaimed roles. He appeared in Goran Paskaljević's dark comedy about rehab from alcoholism, Poseban tretman (Special Treatment, 1980), and then reunited with Šijan for another high watermark of Serbian film, the black comedy Maratonci trče počasni krug (Marathon Family). The film, a humorous piece about a family whose undertaking business is being threatened by the local mobster was another smash success for Šijan and Stojković, and it retains its cult status to this day. Stojković again delivered a strong performance in a star-studded production, flawlessly portraying the head of the family in waiting: Laki Topalović. Marxists, spies and revolutionaries
After a couple minor roles, from which his turn as the school principal in comedy Idemo dalje (lit. Moving On, 1982) deserved some mention, Stojković delivered a trio of performances which would ultimately cement his place in the Serbian acting hall of fame. Oddly enough, all three of those roles would involve him portraying a character closely related to the communist ideals - or better said, satirizing a stereotype of "party men" or "marxist revolutionaries". First was his portrait of a homeless wannabe revolutionary Babi Pupuška, in Šijan's Kako sam sistematski uništen od idiota (How I Got Systematically Destroyed by an Idiot, (1983), a story about a man who embarks on a soul-searching journey after hearing the, for him at least, shattering news of Che Guevara's demise. Building momentum from this film onward, Stojković fused his father figure persona he honed in the 1970s with the Marxist nut of Babi Pupuška, and delivered another bravura performance in Goran Paskaljević's elegiac Varljivo leto '68 (The Elusive Summer of '68, 1984). Stojković's character of a hardline Marxist father, who cannot bear to witness the events of the 1968 unfold before his very own eyes, struck a chord with audiences. Again uniting his talents with those of Dušan Kovačević, Stojković delivered his ultimate film performance - that of the staunch Stalinist and a full-time paranoid in Balkanski špijun (Balkan Spy, 1984), which was jointly directed by Božidar Nikolić and Kovačević himself. With Kovačević at his sharpest, Stojković made the role of ex-political prisoner Ilija Čvorović completely his own. Late years
His role in Balkanski špijun was one of the last major theatrical roles for Stojković. After his major successes of the early eighties, Stojković concentrated mainly on television and theatre, with an odd supporting role here and there. He was effective in both Vreme čuda (lit. Time of the Miracles, 1989) and Sabirni centar (The Collective Center), and had a memorable cameo in Balkan Express 2 (1989). His most famous theatrical role was that of Luka Laban, in another Kovačević play, Profesionalac (lit. "The Professional"). He played the role until a few days before his death. In an interview in 2007 his wife told that she drove him from the hospital to his last plays and returned him to the hospital bed after the play. In the nineties, Stojković cameoed in an ambitious, yet somewhat disappointing Crni bombarder (The Black Bomber, 1992), and had minor roles in movies such as Emir Kusturica's Underground (1995) and Darko Bajić's Balkanska pravila (The Rules of Balkan, 1997). Ironically enough, one of his final theatrical roles was one of an orthodox priest - a character who Babi Pupuška and Ilija Čvorović would probably despise - in Lazar Ristovski's 1999 effort Belo odelo ("The White Suit"). After that, he appeared in an omnibus feature called Proputovanje (Traveling, 1999) and starred in a TV adaptation of the August Strindberg's play The Father for Serbian TV (Otac, 2001). He died in Belgrade on March 16, 2002, after a lengthy bout with cancer. Awards and legacy
Throughout his lifetime, Stojković was the recipient of the Serbian Lifetime Achievement Award for both theatrical (Dobričin prsten, 1990) and cinematic (Pavle Vujisić, 1998) efforts. He remains as popular in death as he was in life, as his characters have entertained numerous generations of Serbian and Serbo-Croatian speakers. The modern Serbian slang is often permeated with the lines from Stojković's most famous roles, and while one could argue that Kovačević's scripts were more important to this than Stojković, it is tremendously hard to imagine any of the above cited films without "Bata"'s colourful performances.
Actor | Valter brani Sarajevo
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic was born on June 5, 1933. He was an actor, known for Walter Defends Sarajevo (1972), I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967) and Moment (1978). He was married to Julijana 'Lula' Zivojinovic. He died on May 22, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Živojinović was born in the town of Koraćica, Mladenovac, Serbia (then Kingdom of Yugoslavia), under the Kosmaj mountain. After graduating from acting schools in Užice and Novi Sad, he enrolled at the Drama Academy in Belgrade. Velimir Živojinović preferred acting in theatre to acting on screen, and made his screen debut in 1955 film Pesma sa Kumbare was the beginning of an incredibly prolific silver screen career. Živojinović arguably played more film roles than any other actor in the history of former Yugoslavia. Bata Živojinović's played both heroes and villains and switched between leading and supporting roles. The zenith of his popularity came with WW2-themed action films in the 1970s. One of his best known films from that period was Valter brani Sarajevo (Valter defends Sarajevo), which gained major success in China. He was also known for his close friendship with the Croatian actor Boris Dvornik. In 1991 Živojinović and Dvornik renounced each other in a series of open letters, which was a gesture often seen as symbolic of the breakup of Yugoslavia. In 2004 it was reported that the two men tried to reconcile. In 2006, the two men publicly reconciled on TV via a video link between Split and Belgrade. The actor said that "In the last few years there hasn't been hatred between us", and Dvornik completed the sentence "only a misunderstanding". In 1990 he was elected for the Serbian Parliament, as a member of Slobodan Milošević's Socialist Party of Serbia
3. Mija Aleksic
Actor | Dr
One of the most busy, talented and famous Serbian actors. After studying law, Mija Aleksic turned to acting, becoming a member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre and the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade. As of the 1950s, Aleksic added movies and - later on television - to his numerous activities.. At ...
Milosav "Mija" Aleksić ( September 26, 1923 – March 12, 1995) was a beloved Serbian actor. Aleksić was born in Gornja Crnuća village in Gornji Milanovac municipality, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. During World War II, when Axis powers occupied the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 17-year-old Mija Aleksić attended high school in Kragujevac. On October 21, 1941, as a retaliation to sporadic Partisan guerilla attacks in the area, German occupational authorities committed one of the worst massacres in regional history (Kragujevac massacre) - shooting several thousand randomly chosen citizens of Kragujevac, including entire high school classes. Mija Aleksić managed to escape and was one of the few surviving men of his generation in his native town. Mija Aleksić initially enrolled in law school. But he gradually discovered a talent for acting. From the end of war till 1948 he worked in Kragujevac theatre. In 1951 he joined the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, where he would stay until 1965. He then joined the National Theatre in Belgrade, where he stayed until retirement. Although notable for his drama talent, Mija Aleksić is best known as a comedian. Additionally, he was one of the first actors in the Balkans whose career benefited from the new medium of television. In 1950s and 1960s, following the series of extremely popular sitcoms, he became one of the most popular entertainers of former Yugoslavia. Studio, the very first TV guide in history of the region, had his face on the cover its first issue in 1964. The popular TV sitcoms include Servisna Stanica (Car repair station), Ogledalo gradjanina Pokornog (The mirror of the citizen Pokorny) and others. Unfortunately, out of the impressive opus, only fragments (a few episodes) are preserved. Mija Aleksić had also his TV Show, Mija Show and several episodes of this program have been preserved. He appeared in "Vaga za tačno merenje", an educative TV series for children. Also, he ad an interesting role of commenting political events in "Monitor", a TV news-magazine from eighties. Aleksić's popularity gradually declined, but he continued to work in 1970s and 1980s. One of his last great roles was in 1982 cult comedy The Marathon Family. His last film was Tango Argentino. He died in Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia.
Actor | Kamiondzije opet voze
Miodrag Petrovic-Ckalja was born on April 1, 1924 in Krusevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia as Miodrag Petrovic. He is known for his work on Kamiondzije opet voze (1984), Truckers (1973) and Kamiondzije (1972). He died on October 20, 2003 in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro.
Miodrag Petrović best known by his nickname Čkalja (Чкаља 1 April 1924 — 20 October 2003) was a Serbian actor who was one the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia. He played in theatre, where he found talent for comedy, especially in plays by Branislav Nušić, his favourite author. However, it was new medium of television that made him famous. Starting from 1959, he appeared in many TV comedy shows: Servisna stanica in 1950s, Dežurna ulica, Spavajte mirno, Sačulatac, Crni sneg, Ljudi i papagaji in 1960s, and later, in seventies and eighties, Ljubav na seoski način,Kamiondžije and Vruć vetar. Since late 1980s he retired. He spent his last years peacefully. His last public appearance was during the DOS election campaign in 2000 in the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević. He was born in Kruševac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes on 1 April 1924 and died in Belgrade, Serbia on 20 October 2003. In 2005, the statue of Čkalja was placed in front of his birth house in Kruševac. From 2006, one street in Zvezdara neighborhood in Belgrade is named after him.
Actor | Svadba
Dragomir Bojanic-Gidra was born on June 13, 1933 in Kragujevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was an actor and producer, known for Svadba (1973), Lude godine (1977) and Ljubi, ljubi, al' glavu ne gubi (1981). He was married to Ljiljana Kontic. He died on November 11, 1993 in Belgrade, Serbia, Federal ...
Dragomir Bojanić, best known by his nickname Gidra born June 13, 1933 in Kragujevac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia — died November 11, 1993 in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia. was a famous Serbian actor. He appeared in many former Yugoslav films, and even some international production, usually playing villains. The best known of such roles is Kondor, German secret agent in popular 1972 film Valter brani Sarajevo. He is, however, best known for the comical role of family patriarch Žika Pavlović, which he played 12 times in Lude godine series of films.
Actor | Paviljon VI
Zoran Radmilovic was born on May 11, 1933 in Zajecar, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was an actor, known for Ward Six (1978), The Marathon Family (1982) and Sedam Hamleta (1967). He was married to Dina Rutic. He died on July 21, 1985 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Zoran Radmilović (11 May 1933 in Zaječar – 21 July 1985 in Belgrade) was a Serbian actor, beloved for some of the most memorable roles in the history of former Yugoslav cinema. Radmilović's statue in front of Atelje 212 Theatre He studied law, architecture and philology at the University of Belgrade, only to discover acting as his true calling. After graduating at Drama Arts Academy he joined Beogradsko dramsko pozoriste (Belgrade Drama Theatre). In 1968 he joined Atelje 212 Theatre, where he became famous for his role of Kralj Ibi (King Ubu), during which he showed great improvisational ability. He preferred theatre to film and television, but he nevertheless managed to give memorable performances. International audiences know him best for his role in 1971 cult film WR: Mysteries of the Organism. Audiences in former Yugoslavia know him best for his roles of Bili Piton in 1982 cult comedy The Marathon Family and Radovan Treći in Dušan Kovačević's play with the same name Radovan Treći (Radovan III). One of his last roles was in 1985 film When Father Was Away on Business, in which he appeared together with Slobodan Aligrudić. He died shortly after that film won Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival, and Aligrudić died shortly after him, leading many film critics of former Yugoslavia to state that "heaven had received a huge boost".
7. Pavle Vuisic
Actor | Ko to tamo peva
Pavle Vuisic was born on July 10, 1926 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia as Pavle Vujisic. He is known for his work on Who's Singin' Over There? (1980), The Written Off Return (1976) and Razmedja (1973). He died on October 1, 1988 in Belgrade.
Pavle Vuisić also known by his nickname Paja; (10 July 1926 - 1 October 1988) was a Serbian actor, known as one of the most recognisable faces of former Yugoslav cinema. Pavle Vuisić was born in Belgrade. He studied law and worked as a journalist for Radio Belgrade before getting a small role in 1950 film Čudotvorni mač. After that he tried to become a professional actor, but failed to enroll in Drama Arts Academy in Belgrade. His first major role was in 1955 film Šolaja. He was never a star, but he quickly established himself as one of the most dependable and versatile character actors. In his long and prolific career he played many different roles, both dramatic and comical, and earned great respect from almost any director with whom he worked. He is arguably best known for his role in 1972 TV series Kamiondžije (Truck Drivers), where he was paired with comedian Miodrag Petrović Čkalja. One of the acting awards in Serbia (for lifetime acting achievement in movies, awarded at film festival in Niš) is named after him. Famous actor Orson Welles said in interview for former Yugoslav television RTZ that he considered Pavle Vuisic as the best actor in the world.
Actor | Balkan ekspres
Dragan Nikolic's movie debut was in 1964 Pravo stanje stvari (1964), but he started his career with role Dzimi Barka in movie When I Am Dead and Gone (1967), directed by Zivojin Pavlovic and for this role, he was awarded with Diploma at Pula Film Festival in 1968. He appeared in more than 90 ...
Dragoslav "Dragan" Nikolić (born July 20, 1943 in Belgrade) studied at Dramatic Arts Academy in Belgrade. In 1967 he starred in classic film Kad budem mrtav i beo, which was the beginning of a prolific career that lasts to this day. Dragan Nikolić has since appeared in many films of different genres and portrayed various characters, becoming one of the most iconic and recognizable actors in Serbian cinema. Of all of his roles arguably the best known is Prle, wisecracking World War II resistance fighter whom he portrayed in cult 1970s TV series Otpisani and Povratak otpisanih.
Actor | Bez stepenika
Vlastimir 'Djuza' Stojiljkovic was born in Razanj near Krusevac into a teacher's family. After graduating from Krusevac Grammar School he registered at the School of Mining in Belgrade, but after three semesters he entered Drama Academy in Belgrade and graduated from it in professor Mata Milosevic'...
Actor | Sivi dom
Mihailo 'Misa' Janketic was born on May 24, 1938 in Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was an actor, known for Sivi dom (1984), Porodicno blago (1998) and Wintering in Jakobsfeld (1975). He was married to Svjetlana Knezevic. He died on May 15, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia.
12. Nikola Simic
Actor | Hitler iz naseg sokaka
Nikola Simic was born on May 18, 1934 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is best known for his leading role in Serbian sequeled smash hit A Tight Spot (1982) as a low-level clerk Dimitrije-Mita Pantic, as well as the voice of Bugs Bunny cartoons dubbed in Serbian. He died of cancer on November 9, ...
13. Ljuba Tadic
Actor | Mars na Drinu
Ljuba Tadic was born on May 31, 1929 in Urosevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia as Ljubivoje Tadic. He was an actor and writer, known for Mars na Drinu (1964), Doktor Mladen (1975) and Fear (1974). He was married to Snezana Niksic and Visnja Djordjevic. He died on October 28, 2005 in Belgrade, Serbia and ...
14. Tasko Nacic
Actor | Majstor i Margarita
Tasko Nacic was born on April 7, 1934 in Krusevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was an actor, known for The Master and Margaret (1972), A Weekend of Deceased Persons (1988) and Bolji zivot (1987). He died on March 26, 1993 in Belgrade, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
15. Bora Todorovic
Actor | Underground
Bora Todorovic was born in Belgrade, in the teacher's family which was first led by service to Milanovac. He had lost his father there during his childhood and then the family moved to Arandjelovac. Then followed going to Belgrade, secondary school and army service. He had not dreamed about acting ...
19. Lazar Ristovski
Actor | Casino Royale
Lazar Ristovski is one of the most prominent Serbian actors. He has played in over 80 movies and directed 2. Lazar Ristovski is the founder and CEO of the production house Zillion film. With Lazar Ristovski in charge, Zillion film has produced and co-produced 17 feature-length films in twenty-three...