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Toma Caragiu


  • Actor
  • Born: 21.08.1926 in Argos Orestikon (Greece)
  • Died: 04.03.1977 in Bucharest

In 1945 he enrolled at the Law Faculty, which he abandoned in favor of the Theatre Conservatory (class of 1950) and where he studied with professors Victor Ion Popa, Ion Manolescu and Mihai Popescu. He made his stage debut at the National Theatre in Bucharest with a part in "Olmedo" by Lope de Vega. After a short while spent at the theatre in Constanța, he began acting at the theatre in Ploiești in 1951, where he had attended high-school. He made a name for himself as one of the greatest comic actors of the Romanian theatre. His reputation brought him on the stage of the Bulandra Theatre, where he performed some of his best roles in “The Threepenny Opera”,"D-ale carnavalului", “O scrisoare pierdută", “Elisabeth the 1st”, “Night Asylum” and many more.
“A unique outburst of artistic vitality, explosive and great talent, able to do anything he pleases. He can endow any character with verisimilitude; he can transport you anywhere, because you believe in him and go along blindfolded.” (Sanda Faur, Almanah Cinema 1975)

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Known for:

1976

1975

1972

1967

Festivals / Awards

  • 1977
ACIN Award for Best Performing Actor (Film) – Lifetime Achievement (in memoriam)

Filmography

Actor

Gloria Won’t Sing

Physics Teacher

1976

The Mace with Three Seals

Pamfilie

1976

The Great Solitary

Agronomist

1976

Totally Unprepared

Director

1976

Serenade for the 12th Floor

Firu

1976

The First Performance

Titi Precup

1976

Flowers of Loneliness

Pascu

1975

The Mastodon

Gogan

1975

Operation “Monster”

Dumitru

1975

We Do Not Film Just for Fun

Berbecaru

1974

The Actor and the Savages

Caratase

1974

The Prodigal Father

Oaie

1974

August in Flames

Mizdrache, Șeful Siguranței

1973

Three Secret Letters

Dărăban

1973

The Owners

Vereşezan

1973

Piscicultura

Love Begins on Friday

Foreman Panait

1973

The Ballad

Imperial Colonel

1972

The Poseidon Explosion

Corbea

1972

The Barrier

Eftimie

1972

The Dowry of Lady Ralu

Former Priest

1971

B.D. in the Mountains and on the Seaside

Capt. Panait

1971

B.D. in Alert

Capt. Panait

1970

The Week of the Madmen

Former Priest

1970

Drumul spinos al iubirii

Sasu

1970

The Making of the World

Marinescu

1970

The Outlaws of Captain Anghel

Former Priest

1970

Brigade Miscellaneous Steps In

Capt. Panait

1970

K.O.

Olimpian

1967

The Kidnapping of the Maidens

Former Priest

1967

The Revenge of the Outlaws

Former Priest

1967

Three Times Bucharest

Citizen A

1967

Underneath the Surface

Florescu

1967

Head of the Soul’s Department

Horaţiu

1967

The Theacher’s Exam

Circus Adviser

1966

The Outlaws

Former Priest

1965

The White Trial

Ciripoi

1965

The District of Gaiety

Gheorghe Gheorghe

1964

A Sentimental Summer

Vlad's Father

1961

Sentimental Story

Ioachim

1961

The Streets Remember

Comissioner

1961

I Don’t Want to Get Married

1960

The Red Water Lily

1955