Romanian actor Radu Beligan has been named the world’s oldest active professional theatre actor by the Guinness World Records.
Radu Beligan was born on December 14, 1918, and at 94 years and 350 days old is still performing at the National Theatre Bucharest, Romania, as verified on 29 November 2013.
The actor has performed in many roles in an acting career spanning from 1937 to the present day receiving numerous accolades including the Ordre National de la Legion D’Honneur from the President of France for his artistic work.
Radu Beligan headed the Comedy Theatre of Bucharest between 1961 and 1969 and the National Theatre of Bucharest from 1969 to 1990. He was also a profession of the Theatre and Film Institute (1950-1965) and was elected as honorary member of the Romanian Academy in 2004, as recognition of his artistic career.
He was also awarded many medals: Grand Officer of the “Faithful Service” Order, the golden star and collar of the Order of the Yugoslav Flag.
Radu Beligan is also a Doctor Honoris Causa of the “I. L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art of Bucharest.