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Lionel Deraniyagala
ලයනල් දැරණියගල
1940 - 1994
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SUMMARY

NATIONAL AWARDS

1Best Performance Award
18th Sarasaviya Awards - 1990
Randenigala Sinhaya
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Kolamba Hadayo
Main Actor
1966
2Manamalayo
Actor
1967
3Rena Girawu
Actor
1967
4Punchi Baba
Actor
1968
5Harimaga
Actor
1969
6Hathara Peraliya
Actor
1969
7Mee Masso
Actor
1969
8Akkara Paha
Actor
1970
9Pujithayo
Actor
1971
10Ran Onchilla
Actor
1971
11Hathara Denama Surayo
Actor
1971
12Kesara Sinhayo
Actor
1971
13Samanala Kumariyo samaga Api Kawadath Soorayo
Actor
1971
14Nidhanaya
Actor
1972
15Edath Suraya Adath Suraya
Actor
1972
16Suhada Pathuma
Actor
1973
17Sinavai Inavai
Actor
1973
18Sunethra
Actor
1973
19Hodai Narakai
Actor
1973
20Kasthuri Suwanda
Actor
1974
21Rodi Gama
Actor
1974
22Hitha Honda Minihek
Actor
1975
23Pem Kurullo
Actor
1975
24Gijulihiniyo
Main Actor
1975
25Rajagedara Paraviyo
Actor
1975
26Sadhana
Actor
1975
27Hadavathaka Vasanthaya
Actor
1975
28Nayana
Actor
1976
29Vaanarayo
Actor
1976
30Haaratha Hathara
Actor
1976
31Hithuwakkarayo
Main Actor
1977
32Hariyanakota Ohoma Thamai
Actor
1977
33Chin Chin Nona
Actor
1977
34Saja
Actor
1977
35Maduwanthi
Actor
1978
36Apsara
Actor
1978
37Raja Kollo
Main Actor
1979
38Sawudan Jema
Actor
1979
39Visihathara Peya
Actor
1979
40Sabeetha
Actor
1980
41Sinhabahu
Actor
1980
42Sathkulu Pauwa
Actor
1981
43Ridee Thella
Actor
1981
44Dayabara Nilu
Actor
1981
45Anuradha
Actor
1982
46Sumithuro
Actor
1983
47Loku Thaththa
Actor
1983
48Maubima Nathnam Maranaya
Actor
1985
49Mamai Raja
Actor
1989
50Sinasenna Raththaran
Actor
1989
51Randenigala Sinhaya
Actor
1989
52Yukthiyata Wada
Actor
1990
53Jayashakthi
Actor
1990
54Chandi Raja
Actor
1990
55Paradeesaya
Actor
1991
56Paradeesaya
Actor
1991
57Cheriyo Doctor
Actor
1991
58Ali Baba Saha Horu Hathaliha
Actor
1991
59Bambara Kalape
Actor
1991
60Malsara Doni
Actor
1992
61Sinha Raja
Actor
1992
62Sathya
Actor
1992
63Sasara Serisaranathek Oba Mage
Actor
1993
64Surayan Athara Veeraya
Actor
1993
65150 Mulleriyawa
Actor
1994
66Inspector Geetha
Actor
1995
67Deviyani Sathya Surakinna
Actor
1995
68Chandiyage Putha
Actor
1995
69Hitha Hoda Surayoo
Actor
1995
70Vijayagrahanaya
Actor
1997
71Undaya
Actor
2000
72Kolamba Koloppan
Actor
2001
73Hai Master
Actor
2007
BIOGRAPHY

Lionel Danthanarayana (born 24 August 1940 – died 30 July 1994 as ලයනල් දැරණියගල) [Sinhala]), popularly as stage name Lionel Deraniyagala, was an actor in Sri Lankan cinema and theater. One of the most popular villain artists ever in Sri Lankan film history, he had a career for more than three decades as the antagonist.

Personal life
He was born on 24 August 1940 in Galle as the youngest of the family with three siblings. He completed education from Mahinda College, Galle.

He was married to fellow actress Thilaka in 1973. The couple have one daughter, Priyanthi Shyamali and one son, Chulananda.

In 1975, he was working in the batik industry with his wife. In 1981, he went Middle East for a job. He returned to Sri Lanka in 1983 and continued on businesses.

Deraniyagala fell ill at Ragama rehabilitation hospital after an accident on February 4, 1994. However, he died on 30 July 1994 at the age of 53.

Career
He has acted in minor roles on the school stage. At the age of 14, he met popular film actor and filmmaker B. A. W. Jayamanne along with his closest friend and eventual film actor Senaka Perera. At that time, Jayamanne was preparing for the film Kale Handa and was looking for a young man to play the role of "John Jayapala". Although Senaka introduced Deraniyagala to Jayamanna, it was age that matters. Jayamanne informed Deraniyagala to meet him after finishing school times. After completing his studies, he came to Colombo to find a job at the age of 20. In 1960, he was selected for the lead role in the film Ekolos Ginna directed by Gilbert Hewavitharana. Hewavitharana changed his birth name Danthanarayana to Deraniyagala. Although the film was not produced, he was left with the name "Deraniyagala".

While working as a booking clerk at Lionel Ceylon Theaters, he met filmmaker Roland Amarasinghe. Amarasinghe asked him to come to Navajeewana Theater for the screen test. He was selected for the lead role of "Udeni" in the 1966 film Kolamba Hadayo with the new actress Shirani Gunatilleke. Meanwhile, he was selected to the stage play Abhimanaya produced by Sudas Masakorala. Then in the 1969 film Mee Masso, he acted along with Gamini Fonseka and Sonia Disa.

Deraniyagala emerged as an antagonist in the 1971 blockbuster film Hathara Denama Soorayo directed by Neil Rupasinghe. After the film, popular actor Eddie Jayamanne appreciated his villain role and said that "You are the best villain after Dommy Jayawardena". Since that, he received several villain roles in popular films Rena Giraw, Ran Onchilla, Rajagedara Paraviyo, Edath Suraya Adath Suraya, Gijulihiniyo, Kesara Sinhayo, Ridee Thella, Kasthuri Suwanda and Raja Kello. He played the lead role in the 1979 film Sawdan Jema bringing a sense of humor. He also played a caricature in the 1973 film Sinawai Inawai and then Deraniyagala played a different role as Gamini Fonseka's brother in the 1978 film Apsara.

Deraniyagala acted with his wife in few films including Gijulihiniyo, Vanarayo and Raja Kollo. After had children, his wife quit acting.

He acted in few stage plays such as Suli Sulang and Rella. The film, titled Neethiyada Shakthiyada, was released in 13 January 1995 was screened as Inspector Geetha, where Deraniyagala was the producer.

In 1990, Deraniyagala won a Merit Award for the film Randenigala Sinhaya at the Sarasaviya Film Festival.
 
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