Yesterday, one of the most prolific Slovenian actors, Jernej Šugman suddenly passed away just fourteen days before his 49th birthday due to heart attack.
He was one of the greatest and most famous Slovenian actors both on stage and on film and not only for his generation but the Slovenian theatre in general. Born in an acting family, he worked in SNT Drama from 1992 until his death. For his work in the theatre, he received a number of awards, many national awards, some more than once, and in the region as well. Last year he received the Borštnik Prize for the role of Ata Ubu in the theatre performance King Ubu.
Internationally, he received the Prešeren Fund Award, the Golden Wreath at Mess Festival in Belgrade and the main award of Zagreb Satire Days.
In his career in the theatre he played Hamlet, Sisyphus, Othello, Agamemnon, Oedipus, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Baal, Ata and many more. At the moment of his death he had the leading role in eight theatre performances and was preparing a role in a co-production to be premiered in a month.
Apart from working in the theatre, he also proved to be an exceptional actor in TV shows and some films. He acted in the Slovenian series Theatre Tomato and Our Small Clinic.
He also starred in several Slovenian films, such as Kratki Stiki, Zvenenje v glavi and Nočno življenje.
This has been such a great loss for Slovenia and Slovenian theatre.