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Lionel Deraniyagala
ලයනල් දැරණියගල
1940 - 1994
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SUMMARY

Lionel Deraniyagala ලයනල් දැරණියගල
Lionel Danthanarayana
  • Birthday : 1940 August 24
  • Died : 1994 July 30
  • 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
    9Poojithayo
    Actor
    1971
    10Ran Onchilla
    Actor
    1971
    11Hathara Denama Surayo
    Actor
    1971
    12Kesara Sinhayo
    Actor
    1971
    13Samanala Kumariyo
    Actor
    1971
    14Nidhanaya
    Actor
    1972
    15Edath Suraya Adath Suraya
    Actor
    1972
    16Suhada Pathuma
    Actor
    1973
    17Sinavai Inavai
    Actor
    1973
    18Sunethra
    Actor
    1973
    19Hondai 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
    67Deviyane 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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