Joe Abeywickrama

Joe Abeywickrama

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Gammana Patabendige Don John "Joe" Abeywickrama, known as Joe Abeywickrama, was an award-winning Sri Lankan actor. He began acting in 1955 and achieved fame as a comedic actor. Since 1965, Abeywickrama has also done dramatic roles. He has won 18 Sarasavi Awards and Pesidential Awards. At the 1999 Singapore International Film Festival, Abeywickrama won a Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Actor for his portrayal of a grieving father in Pura Handa Kaluwara, a first for a Sri Lankan. He is considered by many to be the finest character actor the country has produced

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