Romanian actor Radu Beligan dies at 97

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Posted: Jul 20, 2016 8:08 AM
Romanian actor Radu Beligan dies at 97

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A hospital in Bucharest says Romanian actor Radu Beligan, whose career spanned almost 80 years, has died. He was 97.

The medical director of Elias Hospital, Daniela Safta, said Beligan died Wednesday of a heart attack brought on by age. He was acting until three months ago.

He debuted in a stage version of "Crime and Punishment" in 1937.

Beloved by Romanians for his melodious voice, aquiline features and stern gaze, he has starred in 80 plays, acted in 30 films and made numerous television and radio performances.