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Known As : D.R. Nanayakkara
Real Name : Don Ruter Nanayakkara
Died : --
First Released : Amma 1949
Latest Released : Ahas Maliga
1994

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Biography

 Don Ruter Nanayakkara (1915–1989) was a leading character actor of Sri Lankan cinema. Playing lanky villains, Nanayakkara gained popularity in films like Rekava, Kurulu Bedda and Sikuru Tharuwa.

 
Nanayakkara was born in Kolonnawa in 1915. He completed his education at the Kolonnawa Govt. School and St. Matthew’s College, Dematagoda and took to frequenting stage plays. At one such drama around 1936, Nanayakkara was seen by Sirisena Wimalaweera and taken into his troupe of players. Beginning with Amma, Nanayakkara appeared in many of Wimalweera's plays; these include Seedevi, Pitisara Kella, Rodi Kella and Maggona Charlie.
 
Nanayakkara debut in film came when Wimalaweera adapted Amma into a motion picture in 1949, two years after the start of Sri Lankan cinema. Nanayakkara sang two songs for the film. He continued to appear in Wimalweera's movies up to Wimalaweera's death around 1963.
 
One of Nanayakkara's most celebrated performances was in Rekawa which is considered a landmark in film. He appeared in the critically acclaimed role of Sooty, the protagonist's father who is a thief and attempts to use his son's supposed healing powers to gain wealth causing a death and his son's condemnation by the whole village in the process.
 
Nanayakkara continued his celebrated villainous roles in Kurulu Bedda (1961), Sikuru Tharuwa (1966) and Binaramali (1969).[2] He won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award for his role in Bicycle Hora in 1968. In 1984, Nanayakkara was one of the Sri Lankan actors chosen to appear in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; He played the village headsman.
 
Other film appearances include Chandiya (1965), Parasathumal (1966), Kathuru Muwath (1971), Duleeka (1974), Lasanda (1974), Nedeyo (1976), Ahasin Polawata (1978), Siribo Aiya (1980), Baddegama (1981) and Dese Mal Pipila. Nanayakkara's last film Ahas Maliga was screened five years after his death.
Photo Gallery
Films
Main Actor / Actor
No Year Name Character Director
1 ) 1963 Sikuru Tharuwa L.S. Ramachandran
2 ) 1949 Amma Sirisena Wimalaweera
3 ) 1961 Kurulu Bedda L.S. Ramachandran
4 ) 1971 Kathuru Muwath K.A.W. Perera
5 ) 1969 Kauda Hari Titus Totawatte
6 ) 1977 Deviyani Oba Koheda Aruna Shanthi
7 ) 1988 Sandakada Pahana Susira Rathnakumara
8 ) 1966 Parasathu Mal Gamini Fonseka
9 ) 1978 Ahasin Polovata Dr. Lester James Peries
10 ) 1956 RekavaSooty Dr. Lester James Peries
11 ) 1968 Wanasara L.S. Ramachandran
12 ) 1969 Bakmaha Deege Dayananda Gunawardena
13 ) 1951 Seedevi Sirisena Wimalaweera
14 ) 1955 Suranganie Syril P. Abeyrathna
15 ) 1990 Dese Mal Pipila W. Wilfred Silva
16 ) 1959 Sihinaya T. Janaki Ram
17 ) 1963 Sudu Sande Kalu Wala Robin Thampoe
18 ) 1965 Chandiya Titus Totawatte
19 ) 1966 Kapatikama K.A.W. Perera
20 ) 1967 Ransalu Dr. Lester James Peries
21 ) 1967 Sarubima L.S. Ramachandran
22 ) 1967 Rena Girawu Dharma Sri Kaldera
23 ) 1967 Sura Chauraya M. Masthan
24 ) 1968 Singithi Surathal Kingsly Rajapaksha
25 ) 1968 Abuddassa Kale Kumar Wickremasooriya
26 ) 1968 Akka Nago Vincent David
27 ) 1968 Bicycle Hora K.A.W. Perera
28 ) 1968 Amathikama Kithsiri Nihal Jayasinghe
29 ) 1968 Hangi Hora Rohini Jayakodi
30 ) 1968 Indunila Kingsly Rajapaksha
31 ) 1968 Dahasak Sithuvili G.D.L. Perera
32 ) 1968 Adaravanthayo Amaranath Jayathilake
33 ) 1968 Ataveni Pudumaya M. Masthan
34 ) 1969 Oba Nethi Nam M.V. Balan
35 ) 1969 Binaramalee Mudalinawaka Somarathna
36 ) 1969 Pancha Vincent David
37 ) 1969 Romio-Juliet Kathawak G.D.L. Perera
38 ) 1970 Thevatha Titus Totawatte
39 ) 1970 Penawa Neda Wijepala Hettiarachchi
40 ) 1970 Ohoma Hodada J. Selvarathnam
41 ) 1970 Suli Sulan Anton Fernando
42 ) 1971 Kalana Mithuro Kingsly Rajapaksha
43 ) 1971 Seeye Nottuwa K.A.W. Perera
44 ) 1972 Hathara Wate L.M. Perera
45 ) 1981 BeddegamaExorcist Dr. Lester James Peries
46 ) 1973 Aparadaya saha DaduwamaBaron K.A.W. Perera
47 ) 1973 Gopalu Handa K.wenkat
48 ) 1973 Suhada PathumaMagul Kapuwa Kingsly Rajapaksha
49 ) 1973 Sinavai Inavai Kingsly Rajapaksha
50 ) 1973 Sunethra Joe Dev Ananda
51 ) 1974 Duleeka K.A.W. Perera
52 ) 1974 Dinum Kanuwa Ranjith Perera
53 ) 1974 Sheela K.wenkat
54 ) 1974 Sagarika Titus Totawatte
55 ) 1975 Kaliyuga Kale T. Arjuna
56 ) 1977 Maruwa Samaga Vase Titus Totawatte
57 ) 1975 Sukiri Kella Joe Dev Ananda
58 ) 1978 Janaka Saha Manju K.A.W. Perera
59 ) 1978 Vishmaya Charles Perera
60 ) 1978 Siripathula K.wenkat
61 ) 1978 Sara T. Arjuna
62 ) 1978 Kumara Kumariyo Sudas Maskorala
63 ) 1978 Sanda Vata Rantharu Ananda Hewage
64 ) 1976 Haaratha Hathara M.S. Kumar
65 ) 1976 Asha S.G. Samarasingha
66 ) 1976 Nedeyo K.A.W. Perera
67 ) 1977 Hithuwakkarayoo Joseph Francis Lane
68 ) 1977 Hithuvoth Hithuvaamai Lenin Morais
69 ) 1977 Siripala Ha Ranmanika Amaranath Jayathilake
70 ) 1979 Higana Kolla K.A.W. Perera
71 ) 1979 Raja Kollo Gunasiri Senanayaka
72 ) 1979 Sawudan Jema Jayantha Pulin Samarasinghe
73 ) 1982 Paramitha Anton Gregory
74 ) 1982 Miss Mallika Anton Gregory
75 ) 1980 Siribo Ayya Sunil Ariyarathna
76 ) 1980 Raktha Gamini Hewawitharana
77 ) 1989 Varadata Daduvam Dinesh Priyasad
78 ) 1990 Walavuve Hamu Gamini Nawarathna
79 ) 1988 Durga K.A.W. Perera
80 ) 1984 Binaree Saha Sudu BandaArachchila Kingsly Disanayaka
81 ) 1981 Bangali ValaluMartin Singho K.A.W. Perera
82 ) 1974 Sahayata Dani Yasapalitha Nanayakkara
83 ) 1994 Ahas Maliga Sunil Ariyarathna
84 ) 1985 Karadiya Valalla Cyril Wickramage
85 ) 1984 Batti Dayananda Jayawardane
86 ) 1984 Welle Thenu Maliga Shirley P. Wijeratne
87 ) 1975 Damayanthi K. Vencut
88 ) 1975 Ranwan Reka M.D.M. Daas
89 ) 1974 Lasanda K.A.W. Perera
90 ) 1972 Ihatha Athmaya K.A.W. Perera
91 ) 1972 Lokuma Hinawa K.A.W. Perera
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D.R. Nanayakkara
Reviewed by films.lk on 2017-12-16 .
Rating: 3.1
 
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