Jeewan Kumaranatunga (born 7 November 1958) is a Sri Lankan film actor who later became a politician, a former member of the parliament and a former cabinet minister. He is a close relative of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the nephew of actor and politician Vijaya Kumaratunga.
|Minister of Youth Affairs|
|Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs|
|Minister of Lands & Land Development|
|Minister of Posts & Telecommunication|
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament|
|Born||November 7, 1958|
Seeduwa, Sri Lanka
|Political party||Sri Lanka Freedom Party|
|United People's Freedom Alliance|
|Spouse(s)||Shereen Senaratne (m. 1986)|
|Relations||Vijaya Kumaranatunga, Ranjan Ramanayake|
|Residence||26 Nandimithra Place, Colombo 06|
|Alma mater||Carey College, Colombo|
He was born on 7 November 1958 in Seeduwa. His father Sydney Kumaranatunga was also a film actor. Sydney's brother, Vijaya was a renowned actor and politician. Jeewan completed his education from Carey College, Colombo.
Jeewan is married to his longtime partner Sherin and they have two daughters - Malsha and Maleesha and one son, Harshamana.
One of Sri Lanka's best commercially successful film artists, Kumaranatunga started his cinema career alongside his uncle, Vijaya. His maiden cinema acting came through Thani Tharuwa, even though it was released in 1982. His first screened film was Ganga Addara, where he acted in a minor role as Liyana Mahaththaya. He acted in more than 90 films across many genres over the last two decades.
In the first few years, Jeewan particularly acted in villain roles, which includes films such as Obata Diwura Kiyannam, Prarthana, Jaya Sikurui and Rumathiyay Neethiyay. His first romantic heroic role came through 1984 film Hitha Honda Kollek directed by Roy de Silva. After that he continued to receive many heroic protagonist roles. During this period, he usually acted with Anoja Weerasinghe, which made them a cinema couple for many years. Some of the most popular Jeewan-Anoja couple films include Mamai Raja, Obata Rahasak Kiyannam, Newatha Api Ekwemu, Randenigala Sinhaya, Yukthiyata Wada, Veera Udara and Esala Sanda. In 1990, he won the Sarasaviya award for the Most Popular Actor.
He acted in few television serials, such as Rana Kahawanu, Sudu Paraviyo, Hingana Kolla and Amarapuraya. He also produced many films such as Randenigala Sinhaya, Muwan Palesse Kadira, Wali Sulanga and 'Ma Obe Hithawatha.
- No. denotes the number of the film in the Sri Lankan cinema database.
|1980||455||Ganga Addara||Liyana Mahaththaya|
|1982||512||Bicycle||Voice Dubber, Ajith (voice - pool scene)|
|1984||588||Hitha Honda Kollek|
|1985||619||Puthuni Mata Samawenna|
|1985||624||Obata Diwura Kiyannam|
|1986||645||Jaya Apitai||Disable prisoner|
|1987||654||Hitha Honda Chandiya||Jinadasa, (also as producer of film)|
|1988||674||Gedera Budun Amma||Inspector Romesh|
|1988||678||Nawa Gilunath Ban Chun||Suresh Gunathilake|
|1988||681||Nawatha Api Ekwemu||Sanjaya/Vishwa|
|1989||685||Mamai Raja||Ruwan Ranatunga|
|1989||689||Obata Rahasak Kiyannam|
|1989||691||Nommara 17||Inspector Mahesh|
|1989||694||Randenigala Sinhaya||Raju, (also as producer of film)|
|1990||700||Yukthiyata Wada||Krishan Wasantha|
|1990||707||Pem Raja Dahana||Corporal Malan|
|1990||710||Madu Sihina||Raja aka Raju|
|1990||713||Honda Honda Sellan||Inspector Srinath|
|1990||714||Hitha Honda Puthek||Sena|
|1991||721||Sihina Ahase Wasanthaya|
|1991||729||Asala Sanda||Janaka Mahanama / Asoka (as producer)|
|1991||739||Bambara Kalape||Captain Raju|
|1991||741||Ma Obe Hithawatha||Dharme (as producer)|
|1992||746||Raja Daruwo||Jeevan Kaluperuma|
|1992||757||Me Ware Mage|
|1992||760||Oba Mata Vishwasayi||Jagath|
|1992||764||Muwan Palessey Kadira||(as producer)|
|1992||767||Rajek Wage Puthek|
|1993||775||Wali Sulanga||Ashen Ranasinghe, (also as producer of film)|
|1993||780||Come or Go Chicago||Wickremasinghe Mudaiyanselage Vijayendra 'Vijay' Karunanayake|
|1995||837||Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya||Podde ayya|
|1996||861||Sihina Wimane Raja Kumari||Inspector Prasad Vijaynayake|
|1996||849||Naralowa Holman||Don Jackson 'Jackie' Salgadu|
|1997||871||Puthuni Mata Wasana||Sampath|
|1997||889||Good Buy Tokyo|
|2001||951||Oba Magema Wewa||Kanishka|
|2002||976||Seethala Gini Kandu||Sunny|
|2003||1022||Hitha Honda Pisso||Dharme|
|2004||1045||Randiya Dahara||Lieutenant Colonel Viraj Thenuwara|
|2007||1085||Wada Bari Tarzan||Professor Devaka|
|2014||1203||Siri Daladagamanaya||King Guhasiva|
|2015||1233||Maharaja Ajasath||King Bimbisara|
- "Popylar actor of Sinhala cinema - Jeevan Kumaratunga". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- "ජීවන්ගේ වැඩිමහල් දියණිය දේශපාලනයට". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
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- "Jeevan Kumaratunga". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Hamlet to Sinhala cinema". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
- "Jeewan turns director". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
- ජාතික රූපවාහිනියට කළු සෙවනැල්ලක්
- බර්ට්රම් ගේ අමරපුරය 3 දා සිට ජීවන් නැවතත් පුංචි තිරයට
- "JEEWAN KUMARANATUNGA". Directory of Members. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2010-03-24.
- ජීවන් කුමාරණතුංග පදනමෙන් ගැබිනි කාන්තාවන් 500 කට ත්යාග
- ජීවන් යළි යළිත් රජ වෙයි
- මහින්දාගමනයට කළ කැප වීම ගැන ජීවන් කුමාරතුංගගෙන් හෙළිදරව්වක්
- සේරම පිස්සෝ කියලා ජනතාව තීරණය කරලා
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