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Known As : D.R. Nanayakkara
Real Name : Don Ruter Nanayakkara
Died : --
First Released : Amma 1949
Latest Released : Ahas Maliga
1994

  • 4 Films [Main Actor]
  • 87 Films [Actor]
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     Don Ruter Nanayakkara (1915–1989) was a leading character actor of Sri Lankan cinema. Playing lanky villains, Nanayakkara gained popularity in films like Rekava, Kurulu Bedda and Sikuru Tharuwa.

     
    Nanayakkara was born in Kolonnawa in 1915. He completed his education at the Kolonnawa Govt. School and St. Matthew’s College, Dematagoda and took to frequenting stage plays. At one such drama around 1936, Nanayakkara was seen by Sirisena Wimalaweera and taken into his troupe of players. Beginning with Amma, Nanayakkara appeared in many of Wimalweera's plays; these include Seedevi, Pitisara Kella, Rodi Kella and Maggona Charlie.
     
    Nanayakkara debut in film came when Wimalaweera adapted Amma into a motion picture in 1949, two years after the start of Sri Lankan cinema. Nanayakkara sang two songs for the film. He continued to appear in Wimalweera's movies up to Wimalaweera's death around 1963.
     
    One of Nanayakkara's most celebrated performances was in Rekawa which is considered a landmark in film. He appeared in the critically acclaimed role of Sooty, the protagonist's father who is a thief and attempts to use his son's supposed healing powers to gain wealth causing a death and his son's condemnation by the whole village in the process.
     
    Nanayakkara continued his celebrated villainous roles in Kurulu Bedda (1961), Sikuru Tharuwa (1966) and Binaramali (1969).[2] He won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award for his role in Bicycle Hora in 1968. In 1984, Nanayakkara was one of the Sri Lankan actors chosen to appear in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; He played the village headsman.
     
    Other film appearances include Chandiya (1965), Parasathumal (1966), Kathuru Muwath (1971), Duleeka (1974), Lasanda (1974), Nedeyo (1976), Ahasin Polawata (1978), Siribo Aiya (1980), Baddegama (1981) and Dese Mal Pipila. Nanayakkara's last film Ahas Maliga was screened five years after his death.
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    Films
    Main Actor / Actor
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1963 Sikuru Tharuwa L.S. Ramachandran
    2 ) 1949 Amma Sirisena Wimalaweera
    3 ) 1961 Kurulu Bedda L.S. Ramachandran
    4 ) 1971 Kathuru Muwath K.A.W. Perera
    5 ) 1969 Kauda Hari Titus Totawatte
    6 ) 1973 Sinavai Inavai Kingsly Rajapaksha
    7 ) 1977 Deviyani Oba Koheda Aruna Shanthi
    8 ) 1988 Sandakada Pahana Susira Rathnakumara
    9 ) 1978 Ahasin Polovata Dr. Lester James Peries
    10 ) 1956 RekavaSooty Dr. Lester James Peries
    11 ) 1968 Wanasara L.S. Ramachandran
    12 ) 1969 Bakmaha Deege Dayananda Gunawardena
    13 ) 1951 Seedevi Sirisena Wimalaweera
    14 ) 1974 Lasanda K.A.W. Perera
    15 ) 1955 Suranganie Syril P. Abeyrathna
    16 ) 1990 Dese Mal Pipila W. Wilfred Silva
    17 ) 1959 Sihinaya T. Janaki Ram
    18 ) 1963 Sudu Sande Kalu Wala Robin Thampo
    19 ) 1965 Chandiya Titus Totawatte
    20 ) 1966 Kapatikama K.A.W. Perera
    21 ) 1966 Parasathu Mal Gamini Fonseka
    22 ) 1967 Ransalu Dr. Lester James Peries
    23 ) 1967 Sarubima L.S. Ramachandran
    24 ) 1967 Rena Girawu Dharma Sri Kaldera
    25 ) 1967 Sura Chauraya M. Masthan
    26 ) 1968 Singithi Surathal Kingsly Rajapaksha
    27 ) 1968 Abuddassa Kale Kumar Wickremasooriya
    28 ) 1968 Akka Nago Vincent David
    29 ) 1968 Bicycle Hora K.A.W. Perera
    30 ) 1968 Amathikama Kithsiri Nihal Jayasinghe
    31 ) 1968 Hangi Hora Rohini Jayakodi
    32 ) 1968 Indunila Kingsly Rajapaksha
    33 ) 1968 Dahasak Sithuvili G.D.L. Perera
    34 ) 1968 Adaravanthayo Amaranath Jayathilake
    35 ) 1968 Ataveni Pudumaya M. Masthan
    36 ) 1969 Oba Nethi Nam M.V. Balan
    37 ) 1969 Binaramalee Mudalinawaka Somarathna
    38 ) 1969 Pancha Vincent David
    39 ) 1969 Romio-Juliet Kathawak G.D.L. Perera
    40 ) 1970 Thevatha Titus Totawatte
    41 ) 1970 Penawa Neda Wijepala Hettiarachchi
    42 ) 1970 Ohoma Hodada J. Selvarathnam
    43 ) 1970 Suli Sulan Anton Fernando
    44 ) 1971 Kalana Mithuro Kingsly Rajapaksha
    45 ) 1971 Seeye Nottuwa K.A.W. Perera
    46 ) 1972 Hathara Wate L.M. Perera
    47 ) 1981 BeddegamaExorcist Dr. Lester James Peries
    48 ) 1973 Aparadaya saha DaduwamaBaron K.A.W. Perera
    49 ) 1973 Gopalu Handa K.wenkat
    50 ) 1973 Suhada PathumaMagul Kapuwa Kingsly Rajapaksha
    51 ) 1973 Sunethra Joe Dev Ananda
    52 ) 1974 Duleeka K.A.W. Perera
    53 ) 1974 Dinum Kanuwa Ranjith Perera
    54 ) 1974 Sheela K.wenkat
    55 ) 1974 Sagarika Titus Totawatte
    56 ) 1975 Kaliyuga Kale T. Arjuna
    57 ) 1977 Maruwa Samaga Vase Titus Totawatte
    58 ) 1975 Sukiri Kella Joe Dev Ananda
    59 ) 1978 Janaka Saha Manju K.A.W. Perera
    60 ) 1978 Vishmaya Charles Perera
    61 ) 1978 Siripathula K.wenkat
    62 ) 1978 Sara T. Arjuna
    63 ) 1978 Kumara Kumariyo Sudas Maskorala
    64 ) 1978 Sanda Vata Rantharu Ananda Hewage
    65 ) 1976 Haaratha Hathara M.S. Kumar
    66 ) 1976 Asha S.G. Samarasingha
    67 ) 1976 Nedeyo K.A.W. Perera
    68 ) 1977 Hithuwakkarayoo Joseph Francis Lane
    69 ) 1977 Hithuvoth Hithuvaamai Lenin Morais
    70 ) 1977 Siripala Ha Ranmanika Amaranath Jayathilake
    71 ) 1979 Higana Kolla K.A.W. Perera
    72 ) 1979 Raja Kollo Gunasiri Senanayaka
    73 ) 1979 Sawudan Jema Jayantha Pulin Samarasinghe
    74 ) 1982 Paramitha Anton Gregory
    75 ) 1982 Miss Mallika Anton Gregory
    76 ) 1980 Siribo Ayya Sunil Ariyarathna
    77 ) 1980 Raktha Gamini Hewawitharana
    78 ) 1989 Varadata Daduvam Dinesh Priyasad
    79 ) 1990 Walavuve Hamu Gamini Nawarathna
    80 ) 1988 Durga K.A.W. Perera
    81 ) 1984 Binaree Saha Sudu BandaArachchila Kingsly Disanayaka
    82 ) 1981 Bangali ValaluMartin Singho K.A.W. Perera
    83 ) 1974 Sahayata Dani Yasapalitha Nanayakkara
    84 ) 1994 Ahas Maliga Sunil Ariyarathna
    85 ) 1985 Karadiya Valalla Siril Wickramage
    86 ) 1984 Batti Dayananda Jayawardhana
    87 ) 1984 Welle Thenu Maliga Shirley P. Wijeratne
    88 ) 1975 Damayanthi K. Vencut
    89 ) 1975 Ranwan Reka M.D.M. Daas
    90 ) 1972 Ihatha Athmaya K.A.W. Perera
    91 ) 1972 Lokuma Hinawa K.A.W. Perera
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