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Famous Bosnian Actor Mustafa Nadarevic dies at the Age of 77

Mustafa Nadarevic, famous BH actor passed away after a long battle with a serious illness at the age of 77. He was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Mustafa Nadarević (2 May 1943 – 22 November 2020) was a Bosnian film, theatre and television actor, and comedian. He appeared in over 70 films such as Miris dunja (1982), When Father Was Away on Business (1985), Reflections (1987), The Glembays (1988), Kuduz (1989), Silent Gunpowder (1990), Savršeni krug (1997), Days and Hours (2004), Mirage (2004), and Halima’s Path (2012).

In modern time, Nadarevic was best known for playing the hilarious Izet Fazlinović in the Bosnian sitcom Lud, zbunjen, normalan since the beginning of the series in 2007.

Nadarevic was born in Banja Luka on 2 May 1943, today in Bosnia and Herzegovina, during World War II in Yugoslavia. He studied acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, but got his diploma at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. During his longacting career, Nadarević built a reputation as one of the most recognizable character actors in the Balkans. In former Yugoslavia, Nadarević was seen playing in roles mostly as a Partisan soldier. He was best known for his work in the films When Father Was Away on Business, Reflections, The Glembays, among many others. His role in The Glembays got him the Golden Arena for Best Actor award in 1988.

Nadarevic played a variety roles in various films produced throughout the areas of the Balkans. In 1991, he won the award for Best Actor at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in Silent Gunpowder.

Nadarević’s last role as Croatian army general Janko Bobetko, was in Antun Vrdoljak’s 2019 film General.

During the last years of his life, Nadarević was best known for playing the hilarious television character, Izet Fazlinovic, in the Bosnian sitcom Lud, zbunjen, normalan (English: Crazy, Confused, Normal), where he played a sexually unsatisfied 70-year-old man who will do anything but work to own a dollar, and throw insults at anyone he can.

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