Veteran actor Shamsuddin dies at 84

LEGEND: Singaporean comedy actor S. Shamsuddin, seen here with his Best Veteran Male Actor award from the 2009 Malaysia Film Festival, died yesterday.


    Jun 05, 2013

    Veteran actor Shamsuddin dies at 84

    POPULAR 1950s comedy actor S. Shamsuddin, affectionately known as Sudin, died in Singapore yesterday.

    Shamsuddin, who had acted alongside the late legendary Malay movie star and director P. Ramlee, was 84, Bernama reported.

    Following the news of his passing, fans expressed their grief and sent their condolences to his family over social-media sites such as Twitter.

    One Twitter user wrote: "The legend, S. Shamsuddin, will never be forgotten."

    Others recalled the movie series that propelled him to fame - Bujang Lapok (1957) - and wrote: "Just last night, I was watching one of his films."

    His daughter, Ms Noredah, told Bernama in Kuala Lumpur that the actor was found unconscious yesterday morning and was taken to a hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

    Born in 1929, he acted in more than 25 films, including Nujum Pak Belalang (1959) and Tiga Abdul (1964).

    Shamsuddin, whose real name was Dali Sahamsudin Puteh Esmoon, started acting in movies in 1948, when he was hired to be an extra while visiting a studio.

    He also worked as a carpenter, building sets and backdrops, and worked as an extra and dancer before being offered a lead role in a comedy in 1952.

    He received a special award for Best Veteran Male Actor in the 2009 Malaysia Film Festival.

    He and his wife have seven children, according to the Malaysian Digest.