Theatre, film actor Kakhi Kavsadze passes away

Theatre, film actor Kakhi Kavsadze passes away

Georgian theatre and film actor Kakhi Kavsadze died of Covid-19 at age 85 on Tuesday after spending two months at a Tbilisi clinic struggling with the virus.

An actor of the Rustaveli Theatre since 1959 and cast for more than 80 roles in Georgian films since the mid-1950s, Kavsadze was one of the faces associated with the theatre life and stage community in the country, and a recipient of state awards for his career.

Admitted to a Tbilisi clinic with the coronavirus diagnosis in late November, the stage artist recovered and was discharged from hospital, before fresh complications of health with the infection led to his re-admittance to the University Clinic in the capital in the spring, reported.

Born in 1935, Kavsadze graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University before being cast in virtually all major productions of the Tbilisi-based theatre company over the following decades.

On the big screen he was cast in a wide range of feature films including The Wishing Tree (1976, director Tengiz Abuladze), Kvarkvare (1978, director Devi Abashidze) and Iavnana (1994, director Nana Janelidze). Most recently he was cast for contemporary Georgian films including Blind Dates (2013) and Brighton 4th (in production, director Levan Koguashvili).