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Dimitris Myrat

Dimitris Myrat, 82, veteran Greek stage and film actor, director and writer, died Jan. 10 in Athens of cancer.

Myrat’s prolific career began in 1925 with his first stage appearance with the famed Kotopouli Troupe and was followed by notable supporting roles in productions with the same company. In 1945, he scored a triumph in his first starring role at the National Theater (then called the Royal) as Cyrano de Bergerac. He cemented his career with leads in “The Taming Of The Shrew” and “Orestes.”

In 1950 he became director of the Rex Theater while continuing to act and occasionally produce. Under his guidance some of Greece’s finest actors, including Melina Mercouri, gave landmark performances in dozens of productions. In 1954 he established his own troupe with Voula Zoumboulski at the Diana Theater, in which he acted and directed in scores of plays over the decades. His last role there was in November 1989.

Myrat also starred in many films including the boxoffice hits “The Villa With The Water Lilies,” “Meeting With A Stranger” and “Fate Writes History.”

Myrat also was a noted writer, and works such as his biography of Bertolt Brecht, “A Good Man From Augsberg” (1974), and “Beloved Faces And Ideas” (1980) were translated into many languages.

Survived by a son.

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