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Tennyson Cooray
ටෙනිසන් කුරේ
1952 - 2020
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Tennyson Cooray ටෙනිසන් කුරේ
Merengnnage Edward Tennyson Cooray
  • Birthday : 1952 April 30
  • Died : 2020 September 28
  • NATIONAL AWARDS

     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CAST MEMBER

    1Jeewanthi
    Actor
    1981
    2Jeevithayen Jeevithayak
    Actor
    1982
    3Peralikarayo
    Actor
    1986
    4Hitha Honda Chandiya
    Actor
    1987
    5Nommara Ekai
    Main Actor
    1987
    6Obatai Priye Adare
    Actor
    1987
    7Chandingeth Chandiya
    Actor
    1988
    8Obata Rahasak Kiyannam
    Actor
    1989
    9Varadata Daduvam
    Actor
    1989
    10Randenigala Sinhaya
    Actor
    1989
    11Veera Udara
    Actor
    1990
    12Sambudu Mahima
    Actor
    1990
    13Pem Rajadahana
    Actor
    1990
    14Honda Honda Sellam
    Actor
    1990
    15Hitha Hoda Puthek
    Actor
    1990
    16Paradeesaya
    Actor
    1991
    17Hithata Dukak Nathi Miniha
    Actor
    1991
    18Asai Bayai
    Actor
    1991
    19Esala Sanda
    Actor
    1991
    20Cheriyo Doctor
    Actress
    1991
    21Ali Baba Saha Horu Hathaliha
    Actor
    1991
    22Bambara Kalape
    Actor
    1991
    23Ranabime Veeraya
    Actor
    1992
    24Malsara Doni
    Actor
    1992
    25Sinha Raja
    Actor
    1992
    26Me Vaare Mage
    Actor
    1992
    27Sagara Thilina
    Actor
    1993
    28Veli Sulanga
    Actor
    1993
    29Come Or Go Chikago
    Actor
    1993
    30Jeewan Malli
    Actor
    1993
    31Bambasara Bisawu
    Actor
    1993
    32Love 94
    Actor
    1994
    33Cheriyo Captain
    Actor
    1995
    34Vijey Saha Ajey
    Actor
    1995
    35Rodaya
    Actor
    1995
    36Pudumai Eth Aththai
    Actor
    1995
    37Deviyane Sathya Surakinna
    Actor
    1995
    38Demodara Palama
    Actor
    1995
    39Hitha Hoda Surayoo
    Actor
    1995
    40Chandani
    Actor
    1995
    41Obatai Me Aradana
    Actor
    1996
    42Veediye Veeraya
    Actor
    1996
    43Seema Pawuru
    Actor
    1996
    44Cheriyo Darling
    Actor
    1996
    45Maduree
    Actor
    1996
    46Soorayo Wedakarayo
    Actor
    1997
    47Ramba Saha Madhu
    Actor
    1997
    48Vijayagrahanaya
    Actor
    1997
    49Apaye Thathpara Asu Haradahak
    Actor
    1997
    50Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1
    Actor
    1998
    51Kolompoor
    Main Actor
    1999
    52Seetha Sameere
    Actor
    1999
    53Nagaran
    Actor
    1999
    54Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2
    Actor
    2000
    55Jack and Jill
    Main Actor
    2001
    56Kolamba Koloppan
    Main Actor
    2001
    57Jonson And Gonson
    Actor
    2001
    58Parliment Jokes
    Main Actor
    2002
    59Seethala Gini Kandu
    Actor
    2002
    60Love 2002
    Main Actor
    2002
    61Somy Boys
    Actor
    2002
    62Aladinge Weldin
    Main Actor
    2003
    63Hitha Honda Pisso
    Main Actor
    2003
    64Clean Out
    Actor
    2004
    65Re Daniel Dawal Migel 3
    Main Actor
    2004
    66Ohoma Harida
    Main Actor
    2004
    67James Bond
    Main Actor
    2005
    68Hai Master
    Actor
    2007
    69Weda Beri Tazan Mathisabayata
    Main Actor
    2008
    70Ai Oba Thaniwela
    Actor
    2008
    71Hadawatha Mal Yayai
    Actor
    2010
    72Ape Yalu Punchi Boothaya
    Main Actor
    2010
    73Kiwwada Nahi Nokiwwada Nahi
    Actor
    2011
    74Thank You Berty
    Main Actor
    2011
    75Jeevithe Lassanai
    Actor
    2012
    76Supiri Andare
    Main Actor
    2014
    77Parapura
    Actor
    2014
    78Singa Machan Charlie
    Main Actor
    2015
    79Kota Uda Express
    Main Actor
    2017
    80Deweni Warama
    Actor
    2017
    81Yamaraja Siri
    Main Actor
    2018
    82Nathi Bari Tazan
    Main Actor
    2019
    83Thiththa Aththa
    Main Actor
    2019
    84Sikuru Yogaya
    Main Actor
    2019
    85Jaya Sri Amathithuma
    Main Actor
    2019

    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Peralikarayo
    Story / Script / Dialogs
    1986
    2Thank You Berty
    Director / Story / Script
    2011

    UPCOMING

    1Adda Lanuwa Demma Kodiya
    Main Actor
    2Doni Amaya
    Actor
    3Oluwa Japan Kanda German
    Main Actor
    4Ugulai Magulai
    Main Actor
    BIOGRAPHY

    He was born on 30 April 1952 in Weligama, Matara as the second of the family to a Catholic father and Buddhist mother. His father Merengnnage Edgar Stanley Arthur Cooray, who worked at Gamini Bus Company, learned to be a pastor for some time and also was a great reader of good English literature. His mother, Herath Mudiyanselage Ran Menika was a housewife. He studied at Kesebewa Junior School for primary education and then attended Willorawatta Protestant Catholic Mixed School also known as Moratuwa Methodist College. He only graduated Ordinary Level examination. He had one elder sister and a younger brother. When he was about ten years old, they used to go to the temple with mother on Poya day as well as to church on Sundays. Tennyson, who had previously attended an automotive course, later worked as a ship mechanic.
     
    He was married to Malsiri Eranjani and the couple had one daughter, Madhumihiri, who is a teacher at Bishop’s College. Madhumihiri is married to Chathuranga Fernando, a businessman. They have one son, Chandru Mithushka and one daughter, Mindri.
     
    On 28 September 2020, Cooray died at the National Hospital in Colombo at the age of 68 due to sudden heart attack.Remains were laid at Tennyson's House, 79/1, Willorawatta, Moratuwa for two days. The body was taken to the Rawathawatte Methodist Church at 4 pm and the final rites was performed at the cemetery on 1 October 2020.
     
    At adolescent age, he performed at church festivals for about eight years with his friend Percy. Then he went to several drama interviews to take an opportunity to act in movies, but could not get a chance due to his appearance. Totally disappointed, one day his father told him that 'if you want to act, you can do a play that suits you'. Then he made a Vesak drama called Apaaye Thappara 1800. The play was intended to make people afraid to sin. He also administered the sound. It was shown about 35 times outside the Moratuwa area. (It was directed by Dinesh Priyasad in the 1990s as a film starring Gamini Fonseka in the lead role and the dialogues and screenplay by Tennyson). In 1971, he made a short film called "Hada Aedi Siththam". There he met Giwantha Arthasad and Bermin Lyle Fernando.
     
    He began his career as a stage performer in a passion play staged at Moratumulla Church directed by Rev. Theodore H Perera. He further developed his drama skills at the Wesley Gulld and the Bible School of the Willorawatte Church. He has produced Christian Dramas for the NCC Radio. His maiden cinema acting came through Jeewanthi directed by Hemasiri Sellapperuma. His career completely changed when he met Giwantha Arthasad's younger brother, Dinesh Priyasad. The two did a little experiment together where they made a short film called "Action".
     
    Cooray debuted in Sinhala cinema as a screenwriter in Dinesh Priyasad's directorial debut Nommara Ekai. He wrote the story and screenplay, as well as acting in the film. Producing the low budget Nommara Ekai, it became a big hit. Later Dinesh joined a new project of Thilak Athapaththu, after the success of Nommara Ekai. Dinesh thought that Cooray knew what the people liked or disliked, and he turned to Cooray to write a new film script. He started to write a script, thinking like a main actor in film. He asked for a chance to play the main character. Athapaththu refused, because Cooray was a newcomer in the industry. and he wasn't ready to take a risk. Anyhow, he got a chance to perform minor role in film.[8] Then Tennyson wrote the plot of blockbuster hit Peralikarayo which was not only the most popular film of 1986, but also the highest grossing film of that year.
     
    During Peralikarayo, Tennyson and Priyasad met Vijaya Kumaratunga. Later, they involved in Kumaratunga's first film production Waradata Danduwama. Later he got a chance to be the script writer for Priyasad's blockbuster hit Demodara Palama, where he played the role 'Vali Cooray' opposite to Gamini Fonseka. Priyasad's film Hithata Dukak Nathi Miniha was a film that pulls aside the acting style of Tenny where his ability for those adventurous scenes is highlighted in the film. He performed well not only in cinema but also on stage with the popular stage plays Man The Man, Captain Cool, Sivamma Dhanapala and I am Sri Lanka. In each of these stage plays, he discusses the issues and problems of the society in a humorous manner, tries to make the audience laugh as well as try to draw the audience's attention to the issues of the country.
     
    He produced Akikaru Puthraya, the first Christian 16 mm Sinhala film and then he produced three stage dramas; Kurulla, Man The Man and I am Sri Lanka. He has also appeared in comedy films with fellow actor Bandu Samarasinghe on numerous occasions, including Re Daniel Dawal Migel, Cheriyo, Kolompoor, Parliament Jokes, and Somy Boys.All the films were blockbuster hits where as Bandu-Tenny duo made a comedy cinema wave during 1990s and early new millennium.
     
    Around 2010, the Sarasaviya newspaper published a series of weekly Q&A articles with Tennyson under the title 'Tennysongen Ahanna'. It was a popular feature in the newspaper at the time. His answers to the questions posed by readers are hilarious. He has acted only a handful of television serials as he personally disliked acting in teledramas and preferred to be involved in major productions such as films.
     
    Cooray wrote the story for Priyasad's Kolompoor and acted with Bandu, which became a blockbuster in that year. In 2001, Tennyson made his maiden cinema direction with the comedy film Thank You Berty. He also acted in the film along with longtime friend Bandu Samarasinghe. Apart from that, he also directed the home movie Eya Thamai Meya in 2015. In 2011, he went to the United Kingdom for a series of concerts organized by UK charity '1+1=1'.
     
    In 2018, Tennyson acted in the film Yama Raja Siri with Bandu for the first time in 10 years. In the same year, he acted in the comedy theater play Reliy Remix produced by Sisil Gunasekara. Later, he won the award for the Best Comedian at 2018 Derana Lux Film Awards for the film Kota Uda Express.
     
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