Pavle Vuisić

Pavle "Paja" Vuisić (Serbian Cyrillic: Павле "Паја" Вуисић; 10 July 1926 – 1 October 1988) was a Serbian and Yugoslav actor, known as one of the most recognizable faces of former Yugoslav cinema.

Pavle Vuisić
Павле Вуисић
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Pavle Vujisić

(1926-07-10)10 July 1926
Died1 October 1988(1988-10-01) (aged 62)
Other namesPaja
Years active1950–1986


He was born in Belgrade as Pavle Vujisić to father Mišo, a police force agent and mother Radmila. He was named after his grandfather Pavle, Montenegrin jurist and brigadier. His great-grandfather was Milosav Mišnin Vujisić, famous hero from Donja Morača and commander of the guard of Prince Danilo.[1] He joined the Yugoslav Partisans and fought at the Syrmian Front.[2] He studied law and literature, and worked as a journalist for Radio Belgrade before getting a small role in 1950 film Čudotvorni mač.[3] After that he tried to become a professional actor, but failed to complete his enrollment at the Drama Arts Academy in Belgrade.[4]

His first major role was in 1955 film Šolaja. He was never a star, but he quickly established himself as one of the most dependable and versatile character actors. In his long and prolific career he played many different roles, both dramatic and comical, and earned great respect from almost any director with whom he worked. He is arguably best known for his role in 1972 TV series Kamiondžije (Truck Drivers), where he was paired with comedian Miodrag Petrović Čkalja.

One of the acting awards in Serbia (for lifetime acting achievement in movies, awarded at film festival in Niš) is named after him.

Orson Welles said in interview for former Yugoslav television RTZ that he considered Pavle Vuisić as the best actor in the world.[5]

His legacy is housed by Adligat.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit

Pavle Vuisić on 2013 Serbian stamp


  1. ^ Jovanović, Vladimir (12 May 2017). "BOMBAŠKA AFERA (1) „Odvratna osnova izgrađena na teritoriji bratske nam Kraljevine"".
  2. ^ Veselinović, Dušan (20 August 2020). "Bio je jedini čovek koji je s Titom razgovarao u gaćama: Nepoznate priče iz života Pavla Vuisića".
  3. ^ "Sećanje na Pavla Vuisića". 10 July 2020.
  4. ^ "NOVINARI, VETERINARI I ŠNAJDERI: Evo šta su od škole imali legendarni glumci Pavle Vuisić, Čkalja, Radmila Savićević, a glumu nisu učili ni dan". 8 January 2020.
  5. ^ Rašeta, Boris (16 February 2020). "Paja i Welles". Novosti.
  6. ^ "Pavle Vuisic's legacy exhibited at Adligat". Serbian Monitor. 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2019-08-27.

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