Lajos Balázsovits becomes “Actor of the Nation”

Lajos Balázsovits, Hungarian actor, theater and stage director, was elected by his peers to fill the seat vacated by the death of Péter Haumann.

On June 22, the nation’s actors met in the National Theater and since yesterday Lajos Balázsovits has become the new holder of the title.

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The title of Actor of the Nation and Actress of the Nation can be awarded to persons who have reached the age of 62 and have forty years in the acting profession or at least twenty seasons – at least one role per season – on the stage of the National Theater.

During their artistic careers, they have rendered outstanding services to the cultivation of the Hungarian language, the interpretation of national literature and the development and promotion of Hungarian theatre and national drama.

The title was awarded for the first time in 2000 and can be held of a maximum of twelve people who will receive a monthly net allowance of HUF 630,000 (almost EUR 1,600) for the rest of their lives. If one holder of the title dies, so does the other holderseechoose a new actor unanimously.

Lajos Balázsovits was born on December 4, 1946 in Nagykanizsa. As a high school student in his hometown, he began working in the theater in the theater group of the Jenő Landler (today Lajos Batthyány) high school, directed by László Harkány. In 1965 he was admitted to the Academy for Theater and Film Arts, where he graduated in 1969.

As a student, he performed several times at the Madách Theater, and after graduation he joined it theatre Company. From 1974 he was a member of the Vígszínház, from 1979 the Mafilm cast and from 1982 to 1990 a member of the Madách Theater again. In 1991 he joined the National Theater and from 1992 to 2012 he was director of the Budapest Játékszín.

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Balázsovits began filming as a college student and became one of Miklós Jancsó’s regular actors as a young professional. However, he also acted in important films by Károly Makk, Márta Mészáros and Sándor Sára, but from the 1990s, in addition to his acting roles, he concentrated more on the world of theater as a director and theater director. But even then he didn’t refuse Miklós Jancsó’s invitations: he acted too Isten hátrafele megy (God goes backwards), Kék Duna keringő (Blue Blue Danube Waltz), A mohácsi vesz (The Mohács massacre) and Ede megevé ebédem (Ede ate my lunch).

Balázsovits was awarded the Béla Balázs Prize in 1982, elected Artist of Merit in 1987 and has been a permanent member of the Society of Immortals since 2015. In 2020 he was elected an honorary citizen of Nagykanizsa by the city mayor. His wife Éva Almási is an actress; also an “actress of the nation”, and her daughter Edit Balázsovits, is also an actress.

Source: Index, 24.hu

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