Yugoslav acting legend "Bata" Zivojinovic dies aged 83

Serbian acting legend Velimir "Bata" Zivojinovic, famous in the region

A prolific actor from early on, he had appeared in more than 340 big screen and television films or series since 1955.

While his ability to assume character roles was recognized both in theatre and on film, he gained massive fame in the era of big-budget films themed around the fight of Yugoslav communist partisans against World War II occupiers, mostly Germans.

One of the war features, Walter Defends Sarajevo, from 1972, resonated wildly in China, where he enjoyed a celebrity status until present day.

He also played comedic roles throughout his career. Late in his life he played character roles, including the stunning portrait of a Yugoslav army officer disillusioned by the violent disintegration of his country.

Zivojinovic last played in the drama Ice in 2012. The internationally acclaimed actor suffered a stroke later that year and retired.

Last update: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 17:11

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