Noted Greek actor Nikos Kourkoulos, who starred as a leading man in numerous 1960s and early '70s big screen dramas in Greece, died on Tuesday at the age of 73 from cancer-related complications.
Since 1994 he served as artistic director of the Greek National Theatre in Athens.
Kourkoulos was married twice and had four children.
President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias in a telegram of condolences said that "in the history of Greek cinema and theatre Nikos Kourkoulos was a protagonist either he played himself or not."
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said in his letter of condolences that "Nikos Kourkoulos was one of the most prominent servants of the modern dramatic art of the country."
Culture Minister George Voulgarakis said in a statement that Kourkoulos' "long-standing, creative and continuous presence in theatre and cinema made him one of the top protagonists, with great successes, awards and broad recognition."
Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) leader George Papandreou in his own statement said that Kourkoulos "was a brilliant personality of theatre and cinema, a real protagonist."
Telegrams of condolences were also sent by Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) Alekos Alavanos, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis and many others.
Source: Athens News Agency