Monday, December 28, 2009

In Memoriam: Ruj Ronnapop

Singer, actor, screenwriter, director and producer Surin Charoenpura, better known by his stage name Ruj Ronnapop (รุจน์ รณภพ), died on Sunday at age 78.

He was the father of three actresses: Mai Charoenpura, "Sai" Inthira Charoenpura and Vipvadee Charoenpura.

Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ruj Ronnapop's career spanned five decades. His directorial efforts included 1987's enduring class-conflict and romantic drama Ban Sai Thong and the 1988 version of the wartime romance Koo Kam (Destiny), which starred Waruth Woratum and Jintara Sukkapat.

The cremation ceremony will be at Wat Pra Sri Mahathat, where bathing rites were held Sunday afternoon.

The Bangkok Post and The Nation reported that he died of a stroke. The Nation said he'd been suffering diabetes and Parkinsons.

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  1. Five Star's Legend Collection serves as a timely, if unintentional, memorial to him. In the last few months they've released four of his films on DVD: บ้านทรายทอง Ban Sai Thong, พจมานสว่างวงศ์ Photchaman Sawang Wong, หลงไฟ Long Fai, and เขาชื่อกานต์ Khao Chue Kan (the remake).

    And more are slated for release in the coming months: ปริศนา Prisna, นางสาวโพระดก Nang Sao Phro Dok, and (unless these titles turn out to be versions by other directors), คู่กรรม Khu Kam, and ทองประกายแสด Thong Prakai Saet.

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