Several Iranian officials, art figures, and numerous people took part in the funeral ceremony of renowned Iranian stage and screen actor, Ezzatollah Entezami, in Tehran on Sunday.
Entezami, passed away on Friday morning at the age of 94.
The actor's son Majid Entezami confirmed the death of his father on Friday. The great actor succumbed to prolonged illness.
Born in 1924, he began his activities in theater in his 20s and later moved to Hanover, Germany, to study theater and cinema in a boarding school. After graduating in 1958, he returned to his homeland and appeared in over 100 feature films, a number of TV series and dozens of plays.
In 1941, he started a career on stage and in 1969 he moved on to cinematic activities.
His debut performance in Dariush Mehrjui’s film, 'The Cow', received the Silver Hugo in Chicago International Film Festival in 1971. Entezami was the first Iranian actor to win an international award. In this film, he played the role of a naïve villager who could not bear the death of his beloved cow and started to believe that he is the cow himself.
Throughout his career, Entezami worked with many prominent Iranian filmmakers including Mehrjui (eight films), Ali Hatami (four films), Nasser Taqvaee, and Bahman Farmanara, among others.
'Mr. Naïve' (1971), 'The Tenants' (1986), and 'Hamoun' (1989) by Mehrjui, 'Haji Washington' (1982) and 'Kamalolmolk' (1983) by Hatami, 'The Blue-Veiled' (1994) by Rakhshan Banietemad, and 'A House Built on Water' (2001) by Bahman Farmanara were among his most notable films.
Most Iranians know Entezami for his role in Hatami's memorable TV series 'Hezardastan' (1978-1987). From 1969, when he took up a career in cinema, to 2010 when he appeared in his last movie, Entezami won four Crystal Simorghs and a diploma of honor from the Iran's prestigious Fajr International Film Festival.
Iranian officials and artists and cineastes have sent messages of condolences on the legendary actor's death.