November Loss: Three Inedible Artists Gone with the Corona Virus

Parviz Pourhosseini (September 11, 1941 – November 27, 2020)

Pourhosseini was a veteran film, theater and television actor who died of Covid 19 disease last Friday at age 79. He graduated in acting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran and had brief yet memorable appearance as a young talent in plays such as Arbi Avansian’s “Spring” and a few avant-garde works right before the Revolution, including Peter Brook’s experimental play Orghast which was written by Ted Hughes and premiered in 1971 during the Festival of Arts of Shiraz.

Parviz Pourhosseini starred in quite a number of films produced after 1979, such as Bahram Bayzai’s “Basho, the Little Stranger,” Dariush Farhang’s “Talisman,” (where he embodied a spectacular psycho), Yadollah Samadi’s “Station” (one of his best productions and one of the few successful suspense works of his time), was supposed to blow up a station, but he saw his family there. It showed a brilliant display of inner turmoil in the midst of the crisis. In the rest of his appearances, he had an acceptable performance. Ali Hatami’s “Kamal al-Molk”, Mohammad Bozorgnia’s “Angelica’s Ship”, Behrouz Afkhami’s “Angel’s Day”, Masoud Kimiaei’s “Domestic Killer”, and of course the series “Hazardestan” by Ali Hatami, to name a few.

Changiz Jalilvand (October 28, 1940 – November 22, 2020)

Jalilvand was a veteran voice actor, with an unforgettable velvet voice. He had lent his voice to many leading actors of the world cinema such as Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Burt Lancaster, Richard Burton, Bruce Willis and Ed Harris, as well as some Iranian actors including Behruz Vosuqi, Mohammad-Ali Fardin and Nasser Malak-Motiei.

The 80-year-old voice actor was born in Shiraz and began his artistic career with theater along with Abolhassan Tahami. He left the country after the Islamic Revolution and lived in America for about 20 years, however, he returned home and began his voice acting career in 1999. He passed away this November after he tested positive and was hospitalized on Friday.

Kambozia Partovi (11 November 1955 – 24 November 2020)

Kambozia was another popular man of Iranian cinema that died of Covid19. The 65 year-old film director and scriptwriter was born in Rasht, near the Caspian Sea. Many generations of Iranians have good memories of his movies, including Golnar (his debut feature film made for children in 1988).

He received the special mention at Mar del Plata film festival, and was selected by Iran as its candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his 2007 film Cafe Transit.

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