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Dragan Nikolić
Драган Николић
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Nikolić pictured in 2013
Dragoslav Nikolić

(1943-08-20)20 August 1943
Belgrade, German-occupied Serbia
Died 11 March 2016(2016-03-11) (aged 72)
Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Education Faculty of Dramatic Arts
Alma mater University of Arts in Belgrade
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–2014
(m. 1971)
  • Pula Film Festival
    • Golden Arena (1981)

Dragoslav "Dragan" Nikolić (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгослав Драган Николић, pronounced [drǎgoslaʋ drǎɡan nǐkolit͡ɕ]; 20 August 1943 – 11 March 2016) was a Yugoslav and later, Serbian actor.

Nikolić studied at Dramatic Arts Academy in Belgrade. In 1967 he starred in the film Kad budem mrtav i beo, which was the beginning of a career that lasted 50 years. Dragan Nikolić has since appeared in many films of different genres and portrayed various characters, becoming one of the most recognizable actors in Serbian cinema. In 2000, he received the "Pavle Vuisić" Award for his lifework. From 2011 to 2013, he was the television host on the Serbian edition of quiz Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

His best known role was as Prle, a wisecracking World War II resistance fighter whom he portrayed in 1970s TV series Otpisani and Povratak otpisanih.

Dragan Nikolić 2017 stamp of Serbia
Nikolić on a 2017 Serbian stamp

Personal life

His wife was the Serbian actress, Milena Dravić. They co-hosted the 1970s TV variety show Obraz uz obraz (Cheek to cheek).

Selected filmography

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Note
1966 The One Eyed Soldiers Gangster
1968 Three Hours to Love Riki
1971 Mlad i zdrav kao ruza Stiv
1974–1975 Otpisani Prle TV series (13 episodes)
1975 Backbone Pavle Gvozdenović
1978 Moment Novak
1980 Who's Singin' Over There? Pevač (Singer)
1981 The Falcon Alija Won Best Actor at Pula Film Festival
Peacetime in Paris Dragan
1983 Nešto između Marko
1984 Unseen Wonder Karuzo
1985 Life Is Beautiful Gara
1988 Migrations Pavel Isaković
1989 Poslednji Krug u Monci Uroš "Urke"
1989 The Meeting Point Janko
1991 The Original of the Forgery Pavlović
1992 Tito and Me Gane's Father
1994 Ni na nebu ni na zemlji Igla
1998 Cabaret Balkan John's Boxer friend
Place Vendôme Janoš
1999 The Dagger Hodža Valija Osmanović
Lovers Zlatan
The White Suit Makro
2002 Labyrinth Petar Aksentijević 'Pop'
2004 The Robbery of the Third Reich Glavonja
2005 I Have Something Important to Tell You Professor
2007 The Fourth Man Političar
2007 The Simpsons Movie Tom Hanks Voice role
Serbian-language version
2007–2011 Selo gori, a baba se češlja Žota / Sudija Velibor TV series (47 episodes)
2008–2009 Ranjeni orao Ugleša Knežević TV series (8 episodes)
2008 The Tour Miško
Vratiće se rode Mutavi TV series (2 episodes)
2010 72 Days Lone Shark
2014 See You in Montevideo Jules Rimet
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