Romanian actor, 95, declared oldest active actor

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 5:03 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian actor Radu Beligan has been declared the world's oldest active actor at age 95.

Beligan celebrated the title confirmed by Guinness World Records on Sunday by stepping into the main role of "The Egoist" by French playwright Jean Anouilh, playing aging playwright Leon Saint-Pe for the 330th time.

Beligan debuted in a stage version of "Crime and Punishment" in 1937. Beloved by Romanians for his melodious voice, aquiline features and stern gaze, he has starred in 80 plays, acted in 30 films and made numerous television and radio performances.

After being presented with a certificate of the Guinness award, he called on theatergoers to stop applauding. "I have no merits at all. I am the result of the love you've shown me for so many, many years," he said.

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