Veteran film actor and singer Maurice Dahanayake passed away this morning at the age of 81, family sources said.
He was down with illness during the past couple of years.
In a career spanning several decades Maurice Dahanayake has played crucial roles in maintaining high standards in the local arts.
His songs like ‘Onna Olu Malak', ‘Sudo Poddak Andanna', ‘Meth Mal Pibidewa', 'Muthu Mitak Piri Eththe' are some creations that will linger in our memories forever.
Having made his film debut in Pravesam Venna, he went on to act in several movies like Para Walalu, Adare Hithenawa Dekkama, Hondama Welawa, Hondai Narakai, Lassan Kella, Unnath Dahai Malath Dahai, Kolompoor and others.
Having worked at the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation he later also rose to become its Chairman too. He is the brother of popular dancer Padmini Dahanayake (Ramesh)