Greek Actor-Director Petros Fyssoun Passes Away at 83

fyssounGreek actor and director Petros Fyssoun passed away on Monday at age 83, after being hospitalized since November 20 suffering a respiratory infection.

Petros Fyssoun was born in Agrinio, central Greece, in 1933. His father was a Russian emigrant, who moved to Greece after the Russian Revolution. He graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 1954 and immediately started working at the Art Theatre of Karolos Koun. From 1961 to 1965, he played lead roles for the National Theatre of Greece, and the same again in 1976-78 for the State Theatre of Northern Greece.

At the same time, Fyssoun played the leading man in several films. He took part in the 1965 Cannes Film Festival and the 1966 Moscow and Leningrad festivals, as well as in several festivals in Greece, including the Epidaurus Theatre Festivals.