Veteran theatre and actor Ramli Hassan died in Sydney yesterday. He was in his fifties. Details of his death are not immediately known at Press time, but it was reported that he was battling cancer. The producer of the award-winning movie The Red Kebaya, the Sarawakian artiste was also known for his roles in movies as Anna And The King (1999) , The Red Kebaya (2006) , Histeria (2008) and 29 Februari (2012) , as well as the first season of Cuci The Musical (2010) .
Actor and producer Hans Isaac described Ramli’s death as a major loss to film and theatre as he was passionate and committed to his craft. Hans said it was a joy to work with Ramli in the first season of Cuci, as the veteran actor was full of ideas to improve the musical. “I’ve starred with him in Lemak Kampung Santan, and the coming movie Nota, too. He was very professional, positive thinking and convincing in all the characters he portrayed,” he said, when contacted by the NST today.
Actress Vanidah Imran, who starred with Ramli in Cuci The Musical and The Red Kebaya, described the late actor as a “gem of a man” who was a joy to work with. “He was like a father figure to his co-stars. He shined as an actor, and was big-hearted too. We are all going to miss him,” said Vanidah, adding that Ramli played her father in the musical.
Producer Norman Abdul Halim of KRU described Ramli as a towering actor who gleamed in film and theatre. “While he only starred in one of our productions, 29 Februari, he stole the show as the long-suffering father of Budi (played by Remy Ishak). He was really convincing in a pivotal scene where he confronted the Japanese soldiers. Ramli was a great character actor who worked hard in every project and added value to every play or movie he was in.”
Actress and producer Sabera Shaik described Ramli as a dear friend whom she had known since the 1980s. “He was larger than life, full of joy and passionate about acting. He put his heart and soul into every role he played, and we both enjoyed reading good theatre scripts.
“A perfectionist, Ramli was gave his all to every play and film, and his loss was irreplaceable,” she said.
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