0426 GMT January 24, 2021
Acclaimed Iranian actor Parviz Pourhosseini, who was hospitalized due to the coronavirus, died yesterday at the age of 79.
Born on September 11, 1941 in Tehran, Pourhosseini was an Iranian film, theater and television actor.
Pourhosseini’s son, Pourang, confirmed the news of his father’s death, saying the veteran actor died in the early hours of Friday.
Pourhosseini was taken to an intensive care unit (ICU) in Firoozgar Hospital in Tehran last week.
He is best known (outside of Iran) for his roles in ‘Bashu, the Little Stranger’ (1989), ‘The Fifth Season’ (1997) and ‘Saint Mary’ (1997).
Other well-known films in which he has performed include: ‘The Man Who Became a Mouse’ (1985), ‘The Night It Happened’ (1988), ‘Angel Day’ (1993), ‘Leila’s Sleep’ (2007), ‘Truth Revealed,’ ‘The Chef,’ ‘The Tenth Night,’ ‘The First Night of Peace,’ ‘Madness of Love,’ and ‘Michael’.
He has also taken part in dozens of films, including ‘Kamal-ol-Molk,’ ‘The Relationship,’ ‘Mirage,’ and ‘The Angelica’.
His role in ‘Saint Mary’ (2000) brought him the Certificate of Merit at the Fajr International Film Festival in Iran.
He was a graduate of the University of Tehran and acted in the field of theater in the works of prominent directors such as Peter Brook, Arbi Avansian, Hamid Samandarian, Bahram Beyzai and Ali Rafiei.
A number of officials and cultural figures including Deputy Culture Minister for Art Affairs Seyyed Mojtaba Hosseini, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Ali Asgari, the director of Iran’s Dramatic Arts Center Qader Ashena and others expressed their condolences on the artist’s demise.