Velimir „Bata“ Živojinović

  • 82
  • June 5, 1933 in Koraćica, Serbia
  • May 22, 2016

Velimir "Bata" Živojinović is a Serbian actor. Živojinović was born in the town of Koraćica, Mladenovac, Serbia, under the Kosmaj mountain. After graduating from acting schools in Užice and Novi Sad, he enrolled at the Drama Academy in Belgrade. Velimir Živojinović preferred acting in theatre to acting on screen, and made his screen debut in 1955 film Pesma sa Kumbare was the beginning of an incredibly prolific silver screen career. Živojinović arguably played more film roles than any other actor in the history of former Yugoslavia. Bata Živojinović's played both heroes and villains and switched between leading and supporting roles. The zenith of his popularity came with WW2-themed action films in the 1970s. One of his best known films from that period was Valter brani Sarajevo (Valter defends Sarajevo), which gained major success in China. Živojinović was awarded Golden Arena for Best Actor at the Pula Film Festival three times: in 1965, 1967 and 1972.In August 1993, he was awarded Life Achievement Award "Slavica".