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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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 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.
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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 ) 1978 Ahasin Polovata Dr. Lester James Peries
9 ) 1956 RekavaSooty Dr. Lester James Peries
10 ) 1968 Wanasara L.S. Ramachandran
11 ) 1969 Bakmaha Deege Dayananda Gunawardena
12 ) 1951 Seedevi Sirisena Wimalaweera
13 ) 1974 Lasanda K.A.W. Perera
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 Thampo
18 ) 1965 Chandiya Titus Totawatte
19 ) 1966 Kapatikama K.A.W. Perera
20 ) 1966 Parasathu Mal Gamini Fonseka
21 ) 1967 Ransalu Dr. Lester James Peries
22 ) 1967 Sarubima L.S. Ramachandran
23 ) 1967 Rena Girawu Dharma Sri Kaldera
24 ) 1967 Sura Chauraya M. Masthan
25 ) 1968 Singithi Surathal Kingsly Rajapaksha
26 ) 1968 Abuddassa Kale Kumar Wickremasooriya
27 ) 1968 Akka Nago Vincent David
28 ) 1968 Bicycle Hora K.A.W. Perera
29 ) 1968 Amathikama Kithsiri Nihal Jayasinghe
30 ) 1968 Hangi Hora Rohini Jayakodi
31 ) 1968 Indunila Kingsly Rajapaksha
32 ) 1968 Dahasak Sithuvili G.D.L. Perera
33 ) 1968 Adaravanthayo Amaranath Jayathilake
34 ) 1968 Ataveni Pudumaya M. Masthan
35 ) 1969 Oba Nethi Nam M.V. Balan
36 ) 1969 Binaramalee Mudalinawaka Somarathna
37 ) 1969 Pancha Vincent David
38 ) 1969 Romio-Juliet Kathawak G.D.L. Perera
39 ) 1970 Thevatha Titus Totawatte
40 ) 1970 Penawa Neda Wijepala Hettiarachchi
41 ) 1970 Ohoma Hodada J. Selvarathnam
42 ) 1970 Suli Sulan Anton Fernando
43 ) 1971 Kalana Mithuro Kingsly Rajapaksha
44 ) 1971 Seeye Nottuwa K.A.W. Perera
45 ) 1972 Hathara Wate L.M. Perera
46 ) 1981 BeddegamaExorcist Dr. Lester James Peries
47 ) 1973 Aparadaya saha DaduwamaBaron K.A.W. Perera
48 ) 1973 Gopalu Handa K.wenkat
49 ) 1973 Suhada PathumaMagul Kapuwa Kingsly Rajapaksha
50 ) 1973 Sinavai Inavai Kingsly Rajapaksha
51 ) 1973 Sunethra Joe Dev Ananda
52 ) 1974 Duleeka K.A.W. Perera
53 ) 1974 Dinum Kanuwa Ranjith Perera
54 ) 1974 Sheela K.wenkat
55 ) 1974 Sagarika Titus Totawatte
56 ) 1975 Kaliyuga Kale T. Arjuna
57 ) 1977 Maruwa Samaga Vase Titus Totawatte
58 ) 1975 Sukiri Kella Joe Dev Ananda
59 ) 1978 Janaka Saha Manju K.A.W. Perera
60 ) 1978 Vishmaya Charles Perera
61 ) 1978 Siripathula K.wenkat
62 ) 1978 Sara T. Arjuna
63 ) 1978 Kumara Kumariyo Sudas Maskorala
64 ) 1978 Sanda Vata Rantharu Ananda Hewage
65 ) 1976 Haaratha Hathara M.S. Kumar
66 ) 1976 Asha S.G. Samarasingha
67 ) 1976 Nedeyo K.A.W. Perera
68 ) 1977 Hithuwakkarayoo Joseph Francis Lane
69 ) 1977 Hithuvoth Hithuvaamai Lenin Morais
70 ) 1977 Siripala Ha Ranmanika Amaranath Jayathilake
71 ) 1979 Higana Kolla K.A.W. Perera
72 ) 1979 Raja Kollo Gunasiri Senanayaka
73 ) 1979 Sawudan Jema Jayantha Pulin Samarasinghe
74 ) 1982 Paramitha Anton Gregory
75 ) 1982 Miss Mallika Anton Gregory
76 ) 1980 Siribo Ayya Sunil Ariyarathna
77 ) 1980 Raktha Gamini Hewawitharana
78 ) 1989 Varadata Daduvam Dinesh Priyasad
79 ) 1990 Walavuve Hamu Gamini Nawarathna
80 ) 1988 Durga K.A.W. Perera
81 ) 1984 Binaree Saha Sudu BandaArachchila Kingsly Disanayaka
82 ) 1981 Bangali ValaluMartin Singho K.A.W. Perera
83 ) 1974 Sahayata Dani Yasapalitha Nanayakkara
84 ) 1994 Ahas Maliga Sunil Ariyarathna
85 ) 1985 Karadiya Valalla Siril Wickramage
86 ) 1984 Batti Dayananda Jayawardhana
87 ) 1984 Welle Thenu Maliga Shirley P. Wijeratne
88 ) 1975 Damayanthi K. Vencut
89 ) 1975 Ranwan Reka M.D.M. Daas
90 ) 1972 Ihatha Athmaya K.A.W. Perera
91 ) 1972 Lokuma Hinawa K.A.W. Perera
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