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Zoltán Latinovits (Budapest, September 9, 1931 – Balatonszemes, June 4, 1976) was a Hungarian actor, arguably the most significant one of the twentieth century.


Early life

His mother divorced his father Oskar Latinovits in 1941 and married István Frenreisz, a doctor, with whom she had two more children. He began his school career in 1937, when he was enrolled to the Damjanich Street Primary School in Budapest, and graduated with excellent results in 1949 at the Szent Imre Gimnázium (St. Emery Secondary School). He became a carpenter and worked for a bridge building firm. He was substitute basketball player for Haladás SE from 1951, and was also a good sailor. From 1952 he studied at the Technical University of Budapest and became involved in a drama group. He became a civil engineer in 1956.

Acting career

He started his professional acting career after various stints in student and amateur productions.

1956-1959. Debrecen, Csokonai Theatre.

1959-1961. Miskolc, National Theatre.

1961-1962. Debrecen, Csokonai Theatre.

1962-1966. Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre). One of his most successful roles performed there was Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in 1963, playing with Éva Ruttkai.

1966-1968. Thália Theatre.

1969-1971. Vígszinház.

19671-1976. Veszprém, Petőfi Theatre, where he was able to realise his long time dream of being able to direct.

One of the best performer of the poetry of Attila József, Gyula Illyés and Endre Ady.

He committed suicide in 1976.

Film career

Performed in numerous films from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. One of the most famous is Szindbád (1971)directed by Zoltán Huszárik.

Published books

1973. Ködszurkáló (Skywriter) 1985. Emlékszem a röpülés boldogságára (collected works)


(1966) – Jászai Mari prize (1970) – Balázs Béla prize (1975) – Significant artist (1989) – Kossuth prize (posth.)

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