Davoud Rashidi (1933-2016)

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Davoud Rashidi (1933-2016)

Davoud Rashidi passed away in Tehran from a heart attack on August 26, 2016.

He was educated in Paris and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Geneva in 1960. He also graduated from the theater program at the Conservatoire de Genève and, after working in Switzerland for a few years, returned home and began working in theater there.

He was one of the major figures in establishing a new theater in Iran in the 1960s. His father, Rashid Haeri, was among the second group of students to graduate from the Cinema Artist School in 1932.

Davoud Rashidi acted in and directed more than 28 plays, as well as translating quite a few into his native tongue. His most notable and successful productions included Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and Hassan Kachal by Ali Hatami, as well as several works by Gholam-Hossein Saedi.

In 1971, he branched out into cinematic acting, his first major appearance being in Jalal Moqaddam’s Escape from the Trap in 1971. He acted in 8 films before the revolution and more than twenty in the subsequent years.

I had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Rashidi at length at his home in Tehran for a pictorial history of Iranian cinema in 2002.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife, Ehteram Boroumand, his daughter Leyla and the rest of his family, the collective members of the Iranian cinematic and theatre communities, and all Iranians who care about and love art and culture.

Bahman Maghsoudlou

August 27, 2016



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