Nicolau Breyner

João Nicolau de Melo Breyner Moreira Lopes GOIH GOM (30 July 1940 – 14 March 2016), better known as Nicolau Breyner, was a Portuguese actor, screenwriter, producer, director and television host. He was one of the most well-known figures in Portuguese television and cinema, having performed in more than 170 films and television series in his career.[1]

Nicolau Breyner
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Born
João Nicolau de Melo Breyner Moreira Lopes

(1940-07-30)30 July 1940
Serpa, Portugal
Died14 March 2016(2016-03-14) (aged 75)
Lisbon, Portugal
NationalityPortuguese
Occupation(s)Actor, screenwriter, producer, director, television host
Years active1964–2016

Early lifeEdit

Nicolau Breyner was born in Serpa, Portugal, on 30 July 1940. His parents were Nicolau Moreira Lopes (1915–1965) and Augusta Pereira da Silva de Melo Breyner Pereira (1920–2003).[2]

Breyner and his family moved to Lisbon when he was 9 years old. There he studied at the Camões Secondary School. He studied singing and was part of the Portuguese Musical Youth chorus.[2] He first enrolled in a Law school but later switched to vocal studies at the Conservatório Nacional. He initially pursued opera singing, but opted for theater after finding that he did not have the discipline required for opera.[2]

CareerEdit

Breyner's acting debut in theater was in the play Leonor Telles by Marcelino Mesquita.

Personal lifeEdit

Breyner's first marriage was to Mafalda Maria de Alpoim Vieira Barbosa. His second marriage was to the Portuguese actress Sofia Sá da Bandeira, between 1996 and 2001. He had two daughters, Mariana and Constança Fidalgo Ramos de Melo Breyner Lopes, from a previous relationship with Cláudia Fidalgo. His third wife was Mafalda Gomes de Amorim Bessa.

Breyner was a second cousin of Portuguese author Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.[2]

DeathEdit

Breyner died in Lisbon from a cardiac arrest on 14 March 2016, aged 75. His body was cremated at the Alto de São João Cemetery in Lisbon.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sostiene Pereira Father António
1999 Jaime Coluna
1999 Inferno Nunes
2003 Os Imortais Joaquim Malarranha
2005 O Crime do Padre Amaro Father Francisco Dias
2007 Corrupção Sr. Presidente
2007 Call Girl Carlos Meireles
2010 Despicable Me Gru (Portuguese dubbing) Voice acting
2013 Night Train to Lisbon Silva
2013 Despicable Me 2 Gru (Portuguese dubbing) Voice acting
2015 Minions Young Gru (Portuguese dubbing) Voice acting
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Nicolau no País das Maravilhas Various
1980–1981 Eu Show Nico Various
1982 Vila Faia João Godunha 100 episodes; also co-creator
1982–1983 Gente Fina é Outra Coisa Horácio 12 episodes
1983–1984 Origens Luís Martinho 120 episodes
1987 Palavras Cruzadas João 120 episodes; also director
1988 Os Homens da Segurança Carlos Jorge 13 episodes
1988–1989 Passerelle Major Ilídio 120 episodes
1990 Euronico Various 12 episodes
1992–1993 Cinzas Securas 150 episodes
1993–1994 Verão Quente Luís Arruda 130 episodes
1993–1996 Nico d'Obra Nico 122 episodes
1996 Primeiro Amor Vítor Novais 150 episodes
1996–1997 Reformado e Mal Pago Artur 26 episodes
1997 Vidas de Sal Vasco Tavares 78 episodes
1998–1999 Uma Casa em Fanicos Nico 39 episodes
2002 Fúria de Viver Victor Antunes 150 episodes
2004 A Ferreirinha Forrester 13 episodes
2005 Pedro e Inês Afonso IV 13 episodes
2006–2008 Aqui Não Há Quem Viva João 52 episodes
2007 Vingança Alberto Lacerda 213 episodes
2009 Equador Mário Maltez 23 episodes
2009 Morangos com Açúcar Alexandre Peixoto 79 episodes
2009–2010 Meu Amor Caetano Vargas Moura 348 episodes
2013 Uma Família Açoriana José do Canto 8 episodes
2014 O Beijo do Escorpião Henrique de Albuquerque 200 episodes
2015 Jardins Proibidos Manuel Maria 72 episodes
2016 A Impostora Edmundo Gaspar 81 episodes
2016 A Casa é Minha Custódio 20 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nicolau Breyner at IMDb
  2. ^ a b c d "Nicolau Breyner: A vida que o Senhor Contente nunca quis contar em livro". NiT (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  3. ^ "Nicolau Breyner: cerimónias fúnebres na Basílica da Estrela a partir das 19:00". TVI24 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-08-09.

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