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Chandrasiri Kodithuwakku
චන්ද්‍රසිරි කොඩිතුවක්කු
1949 - 2016
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FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Hondata Hondai
Actor
1973
2Sudu Paraviyo
Actor
1977
3Selinage Walawwa
Actor
1978
4Kakille Rajjuruwo
Actor
1984
5Madhusamaya
Actor
1991
6Juriya Mamai
Actor
1993
7Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya
Actor
1995
8Naralova Holman
Actor
1996
9Hitha Hoda Nam Waradinne ne
Actor
1996
10Seetha Sameere
Actor
1999
11Oba Magema Wewa
Actor
2001
12Oba Magema Wewa
Actor
2001
BIOGRAPHY

Kodithuwakku Arachchige Chandrasiri (born 27 December 1949 – died 15 January 2016 as චන්ද්‍රසිරි කොඩිතුවක්කු) [Sinhala]), popularly known as Chandrasiri Kodithuwakku, was an actor in Sri Lankan cinema, stage drama and television. One of the most popular television actors in Sri Lanka, he is most notable for the trade mark role "Abilin" in the television serial Kopi Kade.

Personal life
He was born on 27 December 1949 in Pethiyagoda, Kelaniya. He was educated at Sambodhi College, Kelaniya. Before entering drama, he went to work in a chili powder mill.

He was married to Stella Kodituwakku and the couple has two sons, Janaka.

Kodithuwakku had been treated for kidney and breathing related illnesses for a long period of time. In 2016, he was admitted to Gampaha Base Hospital due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. He died on 15 January 2016 at 7.20 am at the age of 67 while receiving treatment in the ICU. His remains were kept at his residence at No. 2, Meegahawatte, Delgoda. Funeral took place on 17 January 2016 at Gonahena Public Cemetery.

Career
After finishing school times, he wished to join the theater school conducted by Dhamma Jagoda. However due to economic hardship, he could not join the theater school. In the meantime, he followed an acting course at the German Cultural Institute. He was then participated to the short drama festival conducted by "Moratuwa Nawa Magaka Yanno". His short drama won the awards for best script and best make up.

He made his acting debut in 1969 with the stage drama Sokkano Rajano produced by Sathischandra Edirisinghe. Then he acted in many stage plays such as Kekille, Deshapaluwa, Manape, Bedde Goranaduwa, Baka Thapas, Devlo Doni and Uthure Rahula. In 1973, he accompany with Jayasekara Aponsu and Ranjith Perera started miming art.

In 1981, Kodithuwakku studied acting under the supervision of Thevis Guruge. Then he was selected to the television serial Kopi Kade by Guruge. His role as "Abilin" became highly popularized among the public and he was usually known by his character name rather than real name.[ He appeared in the series from the beginning which first aired on 1 April 1987. He continued to act in the series for 30 consecutive years. Due to his character as village gossiper, name "Abilin" was nicknamed for those who speaks gossips in Sri Lanka.

He was also a B-Grade singer at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He sang duet songs with fellow actress Susila Kuragama such as Lanka Lanka, Oba Dakkoth Hari, Lassana Sande and Esuru Kala Kalaye.

He made his maiden cinematic appearance in 1973 film Hondata Hondai directed by J. Selvarathnam. Since then, he acted few minor roles in cinema.
 
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