Serbian Bulgarian Actor Djoko Rosic Dies
Serbian-born Bulgarian actor Djoko Rosic died Friday evening at the Losenetz hospital in Sofia.
He underwent brain tumor surgery several weeks ago at the Pirogov hospital, according to reports of Sega daily.
Rosic was born on February 29, 1932 in Krupanj to a Serbian father and a Bulgarian mother.
In 1951, he moved to Bulgaria for political reasons. In 1957, he graduated what is today the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.
He worked as a journalist at the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) for 17 years.
Among the most notable films he starred in are The Eight (1969), Aesop (1970), My Father, the Housepainter (1974), The Truck (1980), The Queen of Turnovo (1981), Captain Petko Voivode (1981), 681 AD:The Glory of the Khan (1984), The Judge (1986), Time of Violence (1988).
In February 2010, Rosic was given the "Zlaten Vek" (Golden Century) award of Bulgaria's Culture Ministry for his outstanding contribution to Bulgarian cinema.
A sad loss, my heart goes out to my nearby neighbor, who was forever devoted to this gentle giant of a man
I shared a few beers with this redoubtable character in a bar at Sitnyakovo Market, who, in spite of his artistic fame, remained a humble and unassuming character, with a pleasant conversational manner that never, but NEVER directed towards himself or his achievements.
When prompted , all he would say was "I had a job to do" were his words.
He would pass on the street, greeting all who had the good fortune to cross paths with him with a warm smile and a few words.
His words to my 3 year old daughter, on ul. Golash : " You are the pretty little lady.. you will go far, if you say who you are"
And she will, with this the blessing of this unassuming star.
A sad loss, a farewell to a culture that is leaving this world, and was never understood by those who have opinions but never experienced the small realities, the everyday struggles and lives of those who actually did.
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