Tony Ranasinghe in a scene from Delovak Athara
Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony Silva
31 July 1937
Modara, Sri Lanka
|Died||16 June 2015 77) (aged|
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Education|| St. Anthony's College, Wattala |
De La Salle College, Colombo
|Known for||Crowned king of Sri Lankan cinema|
|Spouse(s)||Sirima Indrani Wickramasuriya (m. 1962)|
Deshabandu Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony Silva (31 July 1937 – 16 June 2015 as ටෝනි රණසිංහ), popularly as Tony Ranasinghe, was an award-winning actor in Sri Lankan cinema, theater and television.
He is known as the Lover of the 70s in Sri Lankan cinema due to the many popular films in which he acted. He was mostly restricted to innocent main role which is full of glamour and feelings.According to critics, he is the last Crowned king in Sri Lankan cinema to die after Gamini Fonseka and Joe Abeywickrama.
He has acted in 115 films, in 43 of which he was the leading actor and in 72 of which he played a supporting role. He also contributed as a script writer in two films.
Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony Silva, who later became popular as Tony Ranasinghe, was born July 31, 1937 in Modara to Emmanuel Cyril and Lilian Fernando as the second of the family.He had 8 siblings in the family - The eldest is the Ralex. Other younger members include Stella, Marie, Gina, Romwell, Christopher, and Daya. He studied at St. Anthony's College, Wattala, and De LaSalle College, Modera. His father worked as a Technical Officer in the Department of Posts and Telecommunications. He joined Modara Dilasal College in 1948 to study English. He was a cricket fan during school times and used to collected photographs of Don Bradman.
He started his career as an English stenographer and quit from the job after few months. He changes his name to an advertisement for the 1962 drama "Bodinkarayo" with the influence from his brother Ralex.
He was married to longtime partner Sirima Indrani Wickramasuriya. The wedding was celebrated on 30 April 1962.Ranasinghe died on 16 June 2015 at a public hospital in Colombo at the age of 77.
Ranasinghe began his career in theater with a role in Dharmasiri Wickramaratne's Ran Thodu in 1963, which won him the Governor General's Award for Best Stage Actor. This award was presented by minister T. B. Ilangaratne. His first film appearance was for Sirisena Wimalaweera's Punchi Amma but was not screened due to an economic crisis.
Ranasinghe made his film debut with Lester James Peries' Gamperaliya (1964) and followed it with Ran Salu with a different villain role in the film. He worked with Peries again on Delovak Athara , in which he had the starring role.He continued to play many main protagonist role in several critically acclaimed blockbuster movies such as Parasathu Mal, Baddegama, Hulawali, Duhulu Malak, Hanthane Kathawa, Pawuru Walalu and Le Kiri Kandulu.
In his early days, Ranasinghe also appeared in many stage dramas with the collaboration with Sugathapala de Silva's drama group "Ape Kattiya".He acted in the plays Bodimkarayo, Thattu Gewal, Waguru Bima, Virupi Muhuna, Harima Badu Hayak, Julius Ceaser and Veniciye Velenda.
He also acted in few television serials such as Awarjana, Suwanda Kekulu, Raigam Yaluwo, Ekata Getuma, Hathe Wasama, Manokaya, Soorya Vinsathi and Kadamuna.
In addition to acting, he contributed to the script and drama production. Some of them include Koti Waligaya, Awaragira, Tharanaya, Pawuru Walalu, Kelimadala and Duwata Mawaka Misa.He worked as the producer of stage plays Julius Ceaser, Balawa Nawaka Aruma and Dolosweni Rathriya. He was also a talented author. He wrote the books Jogi Hamarai, Hemadama Oba Mage and Mata Kawuruth Adare Na. Then he wrote the novel Adaraneeya Ayra in weekly parts to Sarasaviya magazine.
Ranasinghe was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Sarasaviya Award in 1966 for his role in Parasathu Mal. Subsequently he won Best Actor Awards for Hanthane Kathawa (1969), Duhulu Malak (1976) and Ahasin Polawata (1979). In 1980 he played the father of the protagonist in Ganga Addara . 1993's Saptha Kanya won him Best Actor Awards from Sarasaviya, Swarna Sanka, Presidential and OCIC.
Ranasinghe has dabbled in screenplay writing, winning Sarasaviya Awards for Koti Waligaya, Keli Mandala, Awaragira (1995) and Pavuru Walalu. Ranasinghe was honoured with the Deshabandu award, third highest national honour awarded in Sri Lanka in 1988.
|1966||Sihina Hathak||Doctor Upul Palihakkara|
|1966||Delovak Athara||Nissanka Wijesinghe|
|1967||Ran Salu||Cyril Elkaduwa|
|1968||Dahasak Sithuvili||Music Master|
|1969||Pravesam Vanna||Mr. Ranasinghe|
|1971||Samanala Kumariyo samaga Api Kawadath Soorayo|
|1972||Adare Hithenawa Dakkama||Tony 'Boss'|
|1973||Hathdinnath Tharu||Raja's cousin|
|1975||Suraya Surayamai||Lawyer Donald Ranasinghe|
|1975||Hitha Hoda Minihek||Rohana|
|1976||Unnath Daahai Malath Daahai|
|1976||Adarei Man Adarei|
|1976||Duhulu Malak||Mr. "Suray" Suraweera|
|1976||Deyyange Theenduva||Kamal Siri|
|1976||Onna Maame Kella Panapi|
|1977||Hithuwoth Hithuwamai||Club Announcer|
|1978||Maduwanthi||Ravindra 'Ravi' Ranasinghe|
|1978||Veera Puran Appu|
|1979||Nuwan Renu||Nuwan Senaratne|
|1980||Hewanali Ada Minissu|
|1980||Ganga Addara||Dr. Juwanis Atapattu|
|1980||Sasaraka Pethum||Collector Jagath|
|1981||Bandura Mal||Sathgama Mudalali|
|1982||Yahalu Yeheli||Mr. Wanigasekara|
|1982||Re Manamali||Police Inspector Suraweera|
|1982||Sagarayak Meda||Dr. Moladanda's nephew|
|1982||Malata Noena Bambaru|
|1983||Samuganimi Ma Samiyani|
|1984||Kokila||Nimal / Hermit|
|1985||Adara Kathawa||Kanthi's father|
|1986||Koti Valigaya||Minister M.G Ramasuriya|
|1992||Sisila Gini Gani||Inspector Arthur Silva|
|1997||Duwata Mawaka Misa|
|1998||Eya Obata Barai||Head Doctor|
|1999||Pawuru Walalu||Victor Mendis|
|2000||Anuragaye Ananthaya||Dayapala Jayathilaka|
|2001||Mahadena Muththai Golayo Roththai|
|2001||Anantha Rathriya||Lawyer Vicky|
|2002||Salelu Warama||Priyanka's father|
|2003||Le Kiri Kandulu||Jayananda Ratnapala|
|2003||Sonduru Dadabima||Solomon Sahabandu|
|2004||Diya Yata Gindara||Police Chief|
|2005||Alu Yata Gini|
|2007||Sikuru Hathe||Chief Inspector|
|2004||Yahaluvo||Sinhala tuition master|
|2008||Heart FM||Doctor Sri Vastav|
|2008||Nil Diya Yahana||Jayawardena|
|2009||Ekamath Eka Rateka||guest appearance|
|-||Angulimala||First script. Did not filmed.|
|-||Daruwange Gedara||Gamini Fonseka did not filmed.|
|-||Athuru Mathiwaranaya||Gamini Fonseka did not filmed.|
|-||Niroopikawa||Did not filmed.|
|1986||Koti Valigaya||Gamini Fonseka|
|1995||Awaragira||Lester James Peries|
|1997||Duwata Mawaka Misa||Sumithra Pieris|
|1999||Pawuru Walalu||Prasanna Vithanage|
|1962||Bodimkarayo||Sugathapala de Silva|
|1964||Thattu Gewal||Sugathapala de Silva|
|-||Ran Thodu||Sugathapala de Silva|
|1967||Nil Katarol Mal||Sugathpala de Silva|
|-||Viroopi Roopa||Namel Weeramuni|
|-||Vaniciye Welenda||Bandula Vithanage|
|-||Gimhane Reyaka Dutu Sihinayak||Helena Lehthimathi|
|-||Harima Badu Hayak||Sugathpala de Silva|
|-||Avi||Sugathpala de Silva|
|-||Parasthawa||Showed only in Galle|
|-||Balawa Namaka Aruma||W.M. Wijesiri|
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