ECONOMYNEXT – Veteran Sri Lankan actor and media personality Jackson Anthony has passed away after spending 14 months in hospital, reports said.
Anthony was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the National Hospital in Colombo following an accident in Anuradhapura in July 2022, when the vehicle he had been travelling in hit an elephant.
In addition to being an award-winning actor in film, television and theatre, Anthony — famously nicknamed by broadcaster Premakirthi de Alwis as Panaputhra Kuhumbupaniya (a literal translation of Anthony’s name) — was also a director, singer and talk show host over a career that spanned three decades.
Anthony also courted controversy through the 2000s over his politics and his views on Sri Lankan history. However, later in his career he would distance himself from these controversies and shift his focus back on artistic pursuits. A man of many talents, he was also renowned for hosting at least two well-received travel shows.
Anthony was 65 at the time of death. (Colombo/Oct09/2023)