Relja Bašić

Relja Bašić (14 February 1930 – 7 April 2017) was a Croatian actor, one of the most prolific and versatile Croatian actors with a career which lasted for more than half a century.

Relja Bašić
Born(1930-02-14)14 February 1930
Died7 April 2017(2017-04-07) (aged 87)
Zagreb, Croatia
RelativesElly (née Lerch) Bašić (mother)
Mladen Bašić (stepfather)
Koraljka (wife)
Nina and Nika (daughters)


Bašić was born on 14 February 1930 in Zagreb, at the time of Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He was born to a Jewish mother Elly (née Lerch) Bašić.[1][2] Bašić was raised by his mother and stepfather Mladen Bašić. He first appeared on screen in 1954 classic film Koncert. Through the decades, he played many different roles in many different films, often in international co-productions. He never became a star, but remained one of the most recognisable and dependable character actors. His specialty were the roles of suave aristocratic villains, especially in historic films dealing with World War II, but his best remembered role is Mr. Fulir in 1970 cult musical comedy Tko pjeva zlo ne misli.

In the 1990s, Bašić was an enthusiastic supporter of the Croatian Social Liberal Party. During 1992 parliamentary elections he appeared as that party's candidate in one of Zagreb constituencies. He lost that race to Nedjeljko Mihanović of HDZ in controversial circumstances. A few months later, on elections for upper House of Croatian Parliament, he won the seat representing City of Zagreb.

In 1995, President Tuđman awarded him with the Order of Danica Hrvatska.[3]

Bašić also acted as a UNESCO Artist for Peace.[4]

Bašić, several years earlier from his death, suffered from a femur fracture and as a result it restrained his movement.[5] Bašić died on 7 April 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.[6][7]

Selected filmography

1955Millions on the IslandŽuti/Štakor
1956The SiegeAdam
1956Pulverschnee nach Übersee
1957Sand, Love and SaltInnkeeper
1960The Battle of AusterlitzSoldieruncredited
1961The Seven Revenges
1961Le goût de la violence
1962Il capitano di ferro
1965Covik od svita
1968I Have Two Mothers and Two Fathers
1970One Song a Day Takes Mischief AwayMr. Ernest Fulir
1973SutjeskaCapt. William Stewart
1976The Rat SaviorMayor


  1. Snješka Knežević (2011, p. 106)
  2. "Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database: Relja Basic". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  3. "Odluka o odlikovanju Relje Bašića Redom Danice hrvatske s likom Marka Marulića". Narodne novine (in Croatian) (94/1995). Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  4. "Bai, Relja". UNESCO. Archived from the original on 12 September 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  5. Čulić, Ivana (8 April 2017). "U 88. godini života preminuo je glumac Relja Bašić". (in Croatian). Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  6. "UMRO Relja Bašić Legendarni glumac preminuo u 87. godini". Jutarnji Kultura (in Croatian). 8 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  7. "Preminuo glumac Relja Bašić". (in Croatian). 8 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-08.


  • Snješka Knežević, Aleksander Laslo (2011). Židovski Zagreb. Zagreb: AGM, Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 978-953-174-393-8.
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