Famous Armenian actor Sos Sargsyan dies at 84
Famous Armenian actor, playwright, People’s Artist and political activist Sos Sargsyan died yesterday, September 26, at the age of 84.
A government commission will be set up under Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan’s decision to organize the funeral of the renowned actor, Armenian Culture Ministry said.
Sos Sargsyan was born on October 24, 1929 in Stepanavan in northern Armenia, at the time part of the Soviet Union. He moved to Yerevan in 1948 and started to perform at the Theater of the Young Spectator. He graduated from the Fine Arts and Theater Institute in 1954 as an actor. Between 1954 and 1991, he performed at the Sundukyan State Academic Theatre of Yerevan. In October 1991, a month after Armenia's independence from the Soviet Union, Sargsyan took part in the first presidential election in independent Armenia. He was nominated by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, In 1991, he established the Hamazgayin (Pan-National) Theater, which he headed until his death. From 1997 to 2006, he was the rector of Yerevan Cinema and Theatre Institute.
Sargsyan started his career of acting in 1947. His most notable roles include Don Quixote, Iago, King John, King Lear, etc. He starred in over 40 films, mostly Armenian. Besides Armenian films, he has starred in a number of Russian films, most notable of which is Solaris (1972), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.