Arno Suurorg

Arno Suurorg (18 July 1903 – 3 January 1960) was an Estonian stage, film and radio actor and producer whose career spanned nearly forty years.

Arno Suurorg
Arnold Friedrich Grossthal

(1903-07-18)18 July 1903
Died3 January 1960(1960-01-03) (aged 56)
Years active1922–1960

Early lifeEdit

Born Arnold Friedrich Grossthal in Piirsalu, he was the eldest of two children born to Jüri Grossthal and Maria Hansen; his younger sister Helmi was born in 1908. The family would later change their surname to the more Estonian Suurorg when the children were young. His mother Maria was the younger sister of writer Anton Hansen Tammsaare, whose pentalogy Truth and Justice is considered one of the major works of 20th-century Estonian literature.[1]


Beginning in 1922, Suurorg would spend nearly forty years performing at the Estonian Drama Theatre and would also produce a number of plays at the theatre.[2] He would also appear in a number of radio plays.[3]

Aside from theatre and radio, Suurorg appeared in a number of films. He made his film debut in the 1955 Estonian drama Jahid merel (English: Yachts at Sea); followed by the Herbert Rappaport directed Andruse õnn the same year. His most prominent film role was that of the charchter Lindkvist in the 1959 drama Veealused karid, based on the Aadu Hint-penned play Kuhu lähed, seltsimees direktor?.[4]


Arno Suurorg died on 3 January 1960 in Tallinn at age 56.[5]


In 1946, Arno Suurorg was awarded the Merited Artist of the Estonian SSR.[6]


  1. ^ L. Siimisker, A.Palm. A.H Tammsaare. Eesti Rammat. Tallinn 1978. P:64
  2. ^ Eesti ajakirjanduse analüütiline bibliograafia Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ Põrunud aru õnnistus - Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ Eesti Filmi Andmebaas. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. ^ Kunst - Sirp Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ Sirp ja Vasar, nr. 29, 20 July 1946. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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