Today in Belgrade, at the age of 84, after a long and severe illness, the famous Serbian actor and writer Zoran Rankic passed away.
Rankić was best known for his roles as Nikola Kalabic in the mini television series “The Last Act” and Zarko Popara in the “Happy People” series.
Rankić was born in Derventa in 1935.
He was champion of Belgrade Drama Theater, satirist, playwright, director, aphorist and poet.
He has achieved 26 roles on film and television and hundreds on the radio and has been known for outstanding poetry interpretations at numerous literary evenings.
Rankić was a member of the Serbian Dramatic Artists Association, the Serbian Writers’ Association, the Serbian Dramatic Writers’ Association, the Republika Srpska Writers’ Association, and an honorary member of the Belgrade Aphoristic Circle.
He began his theater career at the National Theater in Sarajevo, of which he was a member until 1960.
He has been in the small theater Sarajevo since 1971, at the Belgrade Contemporary Theater from 1961 to 1975, and at the Belgrade Drama Theater from 1975 to 1999.
He got his first television role in the film “Sector D” in 1962, and the following year appeared in the television series “Six Festive Invitations”.
He is the author of the plays Kalemegdanci and Skretnica. “Kalemegdanci”, directed by him, was staged at the Belgrade Drama Theater.
Rankić is the author of the collections of songs “Aorist” and “Akser” (2006).
He also published books of aphorisms: “Goodbye, how are you?” , “Aphorisms”, “Balkan nerve”, “It’s raining here, but also Serbia” and “At Emperor at noon”.
He published aphorisms in the daily newspapers and magazines Reflector, Express Politika, Vecernje Novosti, Politika, Fatherland and Taverns.
For more than 15 years he was a permanent contributor to the Cropped Hedgehog in which he published aphorisms in the “Balkan Nervic” section.
In the 1980’s Evening News, he had the satirical column “One Actor Aphorisms” in the 1980s.