Popular comedy actor Kostas Voutsas, who acted in more than 200 films, plays and TV series in a career spanning over six decades, died on Wednesday. He was 88.
Born in Athens in 1931, Voutsas entered the acting profession in his late teens and, over the course of a 70-year career, became a household name.
The much-awarded actor, whose real name was Kostas Savvopoulos, had been on life support after being rushed to the capital’s Attikon Hospital on February 7 with symptoms of respiratory infection and impairment of cardiac and respiratory function.
In a post on Facebook, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid homage to the veteran actor for “the laughter and joy that he shared so generously to generations of Greeks.” “An entire era of innocence passes away with him,” he said.
In a message on Twitter, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias also expressed his sadness at the death of the popular actor, describing him as an “evergreen teenager who spread laughter and love until the end.” “He will always live in our hearts through his unforgettable performances that left a mark on Greek cinema,” he said.
The funeral is to be held tomorrow at the capital’s First Cemetery. The actor’s family asked that any donations be made to the Hellenic Transplant Organization.