Actor of the Nation, Lajos Balázsovits;
The Actors of the Nation decided on the title: Éva Almási, Gyula Bodrogi, György Cserhalmi, Zsuzsa Lehoczky, Piroska Molnár, László Szacsvay and Géza Tordy, Mari Csomós, Tamás Jordán, Levente Király and Erzsi Máthé.
With the death of Péter Haumann, the number of Actors of the Nation decreased to eleven, so this morning the Actors of the Nation decided that Béla Balázsovits, a Béla Prize-winning Hungarian actor, theater director and color director, should be the new holder of the title of the Society of the Immortals. The Actors of the Nation decided on the title: Éva Almási, Gyula Bodrogi, György Cserhalmi, Zsuzsa Lehoczky, Piroska Molnár, László Szacsvay and Géza Tordy, Mari Csomós, Tamás Jordán, Levente Király and Erzsi Máthé. Attila Vidnyánszky was the first to congratulate the Actor of the new Nation on the phone.
The title of Actor of the Nation and Actress of the Nation may be awarded to those who have reached the age of 62 among the living artists of national acting; They spent 40 years in the acting career or at least 20 seasons – in at least one role per season – on the stage of the National Theater. They also earned outstanding merits in nurturing the Hungarian language, interpreting national literature, developing and promoting Hungarian acting and national acting. If a wearer of the title dies, the other holders of the title shall elect a new actor to the vacancy by a unanimous vote. The title was first handed over on August 22, 2000, and can be worn by a maximum of twelve people, who will receive a net monthly allowance of HUF 630,000 for the rest of their lives.
Lajos Balázsovits was born on December 4, 1946 in Nagykanizsa. As a high school student, he started working in theater in his hometown, led by the Jenő Landler Grammar School (now Lajos Batthyány), led by László Harkány. He was admitted to the University of Theater and Film in 1965, where he graduated in 1969. In the years that followed, he performed several times at the Madách Theater, and after graduating from university in 1969, he joined the company of the aforementioned theater. From 1974 he strengthened the Comedy Theater and from 1979 the Mafilm Company. From 1982 to 1990 he was again an artist at the Madách Theater. He was contracted to the National Theater in 1991, and from 1992 to 2012 he was the director of the Budapest Playground. His wife is actress Éva Almási; their daughter Balázsovits is an actress.
He started filming as a college student: as a beginner, he became one of the permanent actors of Miklós Jancsó. In Károly Makk’s play Before God and Man, he played Zoltán, a doctor who falls in love with the daughter of a Greek emigrant, but their relationship ends in tragedy. In her work entitled Holdudvar, Márta Mészáros, she played the fiancé of István, the heroine of the popular singer, Kati Kovács. In the film Sándor Sára, one of the first to uncover the violations of the law of the 1950s, he played the role of Balázs Pásztori, who confronts the inhumanity of power in the countryside. In addition, he played an episode role in Károly Makk’s impressionist-style masterpiece, A Moral Night: he played the journalistic love of the prostitute played by Carla Romanelli. In 1978, he joined the MAFILM acting company. From the 1990s onwards, Balázsovits focused primarily on the world of theater: due to his acting as director, which was sometimes accompanied by stage productions and performances, he took on fewer film roles. However, Miklós Jancsó still refused his requests: he also starred in the films God Goes Backwards (1991), Kék Duna keringő (1992), A mohács vész (2004), Ede ate edédem (2006).
The Night Shelter (Alajoska), the King Bela (King Bela), The Devil (John), God, Emperor, Peasant (John Huss), The Tartuffe (Organ), The Swan (Miklós Ági), the Beatrix (Béter Honey), Vortex (Genius), Death Chess (Dr.Goldberg), I Choose the Tower (Isaac Basirius), Gas Flame (Mr. Jack Manningham) and last but not least in the Cage of Crazy Women (Albin). In addition, several of his productions were also seen in Play Color, such as Jacobowsky and the Colonel, Strange Couple, Black Comedy, Love Oh! and Olympia. He retired from the theater in 2018 and has been devoting all his time to his family ever since.
In 1982 he received the Béla Balázs Award, in 1987 he was elected a Worthy Artist, and since 2015 he has been an Eternal Member of the Society of the Immortals. In 2020, he was elected an honorary citizen of the city by the mayor of Nagykanizsa.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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