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Shakibaei takes his final bow Friday, 1 August, 2008

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By Patricia Khashayar, MD., Press TV, Tehran

The late Khosrow Shakibaei was among the most accomplished actors of his generation. He is credited with playing a major role in raising the standing of performing arts in Iran in the 1980s.

Born on March 27, 1944 in Tehran, Shakibaei studied acting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. He appeared on stage for the first time when he was 19 but did not start performing as a professional actor until 1962.

The Sweet Moment of Union, Kasra Tragedy, The Ticket of Theatre, Hunters, The Inspector, All of My Sons and Remember It with Wrath are among the plays he is best known for.

He worked as a narrator for Shahab Studio from 1967 until 1970 and in 1973 he acted in his first short film Katibeh, directed by Fariborz Saleh. He then appeared in several other films including The Red Line (1981), directed by Masud Kimiai, but it was not until 1982 that he was offered a leading part – in Dariush Mehrjui’s Hamoun; the film considered a turning point in his professional career.

Hamoun centers on a man on the verge of losing his job, his wife and his mind. A frustrated writer, caught in an emotional crisis. Torn between dreams and reality, passive in both society and his own life, he experiences an obsessive and destructive conflict with his estranged wife with whom he is deeply in love.

Many regard Hamoun as Shakibaei’s most assured performance, one which influenced all the Shakibaei’s later roles. Khosrow Shakibaei won his first Crystal Phoenix at the 8th Fajr International Film Festival and was bestowed the honor of Best Actor in Iranian Cinema for the role.

Shakibaei received two other Crystal Phoenix for best male lead in Kimia (Ahmad Reza Darvish, 1993) and best supporting actor in The Garden Salad (Fereydoun Jayrani, 2004). He received a Certificate of Honor from the festival for his role in The Night Bus (Kiumars Pourahmad, 2006).

He was also nominated for best male lead in ‘Once and for Ever‘ (Sirus Alvand, 1992), In Close Pursuit (Ali Zhakan, 1996), and The Unruled Pape‘ (Naser Taghvai, 2001).

Khosro Shakibaei received the second prize from the Writers and Critics for best male actor in The Unruled Paper in 2002.

His other films include ‘Writer and the Thief‘ (1986), ‘ Satan‘( 1990), ‘Lady‘ (1991), ‘Sara‘ (1992), ‘Pari‘ (1994), ‘ Land of the Sun’ and ‘Estranged Sisters‘ (1995), ‘Mix‘, ‘Vitreous Love‘ and Lost Niece (1999), ‘The Red Line’ and ‘Verdict‘ (2004) and ‘Boss‘ (2006).

Shakibaei’s last films including ‘The Stars‘ (Fereydoun Jayrani, 2005), ‘The Night‘ (Rasoul Sadr Ameli, 2007), ‘Maiden of Rain‘ (Mohammad Ali Soleimantash, 2007) and ‘Heartbroken‘ (Ali Rointan, 2008) have not been screened yet.

He was married twice and had one daughter, Poupak, from his marriage with actress Tania Johari and a son, Pouya, from his marriage to Parvin Kooshiar.

Shakibaei passed away on July 8, 2008 in Tehran following a cardiac arrest after a long battle with liver disease.

Many of the people who worked with Shakibaei have described his loss as the loss of a great talent.

“Khosrow Shakibaei’s death drowns the family of the cinema in deep sorrow,” said director Dariush Mehrjoi.

“Khosrow was an old friend of mine and I want to do everything in my power to help his memory live on,” said Jamshid Mashayekhi, who is scheduled to make a documentary in memory of Shakibaei.

“I’m really sorry that we have lost [such] a good person and an awesome actor as Khosrow Shakibaei, he was one of the most incredible actors”, said Niki Karimi.

Shakibaei, credited as one of the best Iranian actors since the Islamic Revolution, will continue to live in the people’s hearts and to be a source of inspiration for future artists.

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