Veteran actor and comedian of Sri Lankan cinema and television, Berty Gunathilake passed away this morning (March 06).
He was 98 years old at the time of his death. He was receiving treatment at the Kahawatte Base Hospital
Gunathilake, along with his close friends Annesley Dias and Samuel Rodrigo, rose to popularity when they presented the comedy shows on Radio and Television.
He was born on 2 August 1924 in Ampitiya, Kandy.
He received his primary education at Ampitiya Primary School and then secondary education from Sangharaja Pirivena in Kandy In 1953, he joined Lake House publishers and worked there as a junior pastor for twelve years.
He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the field of television, at the State Television Awards on January 12, 2014.