A tireless servant of the theater, the actor and director George Messalas, passed away today, at the age of 79.
He was born in Egaleo in 1942 and after studying at the drama school he took his first professional steps collaborating with various troupes. A milestone in his life and professional career was his acquaintance and collaboration with Alexis Solomos, at the Proskinio Theater. He played leading roles in Moliere's "The Nobleman" (1969), Mayakovsky's "The Bedbug" (1969), Lorca's "As Five Years Passed" (1970), Brecht's "The Good Man of Se Chuan", etc. .
In 1973 he founded his own theatrical home, the "Modern Theater" where he directed and starred numerous works of the classical repertoire. At the same time he put his signature on performances of the National and the free theater and participated in tours both in Greece and abroad. From 1992 to 2012 he was professionally housed in the "Alkyonida" theater, which also maintained a children's stage.
He was a personal friend and assistant of Alexis Minotis, when the latter took over as general director of the National Theater for a decade (1974-1984).
George Messalas also served Greek cinema during the 60s. He participated, among others, in the films "Oh, this is my wife", "Diplopenies", "My daughter is a socialist", "The beautiful barber", "Captain, a baton stick", "The atsidas", "The leventopedo" etc. .
The news of his death was announced by the president of the Association of Greek Actors, Spyros Bibilas, who states in a post on Facebook: "I feel shocked at the moment that I just learned that another of my loved ones left us in these dark days when we say goodbye to so many friends… The great theatrical man George Messalas left us…. the man who believed in me and took me to Epidaurus, the man who was taught ethics by the great Minotis and taught theatrical ethics to all of us..The great family man My dear George, I will never forget you and I will always thank you for your friendship ... ".
Condolence message from the Minister of Culture for the loss of George Messalas
The loss of George Messalas "will be felt, but his beloved presence, hard work and passion for theatrical art will not be forgotten," said in a condolence message the Minister of Culture, Lina Mendoni, informed of the death of the actor and director George Messalas, who passed away today at the age of 79.
"With his gentle dynamism and his theatrical education, which he learned from the great teachers of Greek theater, Alexis Minotis and Alexis Solomos, George Messalas served the theater with love and ethos," says Mrs. Mendoni. Founding almost fifty years ago, in 1973, the Modern Theater consistently uploaded repertoire performances, while for two decades it housed its vision in "Alkyonida", as it was one of the first to create theatrical spaces outside the narrow perimeter of the theater. of the center of Athens. His loss will be felt, but his beloved presence, hard work and passion for theatrical art will not be forgotten ", the Minister of Culture concludes, expressing warm condolences to the family, as well as to the numerous friends of the deceased.