Rano Karno (born 8 October 1960) is an Indonesian actor and politician. From his acting career he is known for starring in the 1979 film Gita Cinta dari SMA. On 30 October 2011 he was elected Deputy Governor of Banten. He has served as acting Governor of Banten since 14 May 2014.

Rano Karno
Rano Karno Gubernur.jpg
Karno in 2016 as Governor of Banten
Governor of Banten
Acting: 13 March 2014 - 12 August 2015
In office
12 August 2015 – 11 January 2017
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Joko Widodo
Preceded byRatu Atut Chosiyah
Succeeded byWahidin Halim
Deputy Governor of Banten
In office
11 January 2012 – 13 March 2014
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
GovernorRatu Atut Chosiyah
Preceded byMohammad Masduki
Succeeded byAndika Hazrumy
Deputy Regent of Tangerang
In office
22 March 2008 – 19 December 2011
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
GovernorRatu Atut Chosiyah
Preceded byunknown
Succeeded byHermansyah
Member of the People's Representative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2019
Member of the People's Consultative Assembly
In office
1 October 1997 – 1 October 1999
Personal details
Born (1960-10-08) 8 October 1960 (age 61)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Political partyIndonesian Democratic Party – Struggle
Spouse(s)Dewi Indriati
RelationsRubby Karno, Tino Karno, Santy Karno, Suty Karno, Nurly Karno
ChildrenRaka Widyarma, Deanti Rakasiwi
OccupationActor, politician
Notable worksSi Doel Anak Betawi
Gita Cinta dari SMA


Karno was born on 8 October 1960 in Jakarta,[1] the son of actor Soekarno M. Noer and Istriati Rawumali, and grew up in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.[1][2] Due to his father's low earnings, he was raised in poverty; he later quipped that his family had had one plate to feed five people, like a popular dangdut song.[2] Although the family's finances would not have been enough to see him through his schooling, he was able to finish his schooling after the fees were reduced by half.[2] As an escape from his family's poverty, Karno would go to a Balai Pustaka-run library and read classic works of Indonesian literature, including novels such as Abdul Muis' Salah Asuhan and the traditional folktale Malin Kundang.[2]

His habit of reading later helped him to land his first acting job.[2] At the age of ten, he attended an audition for a film production of Malin Kundang and, displeased with the changes to the story, blurted out "That's not how the story goes."[2] The director, impressed with Karno's knowledge of the story, cast him.[2] At first, his father did not support his choice as the elder Noer was worried that Karno would continue to be poor.[2]

After Malin Kundang, in 1972 Karno starred in the film adaptation of Si Doel Anak Betawi (Doel, the Betawi Child).[2] After the film's success, Karno starred in several other films, including Rio Anakku (Rio, My Child; 1974) and Di Mana Kau Ibu? (Where Are You Mother?; 1974).[2] In 1979, he starred as Galih in Arizal's film Gita Cinta dari SMA (Love Song from High School); for a period after the film, he was rumoured to be dating his costar, Yessi Gusman.[2]

In 1990, Karno switched to directing; his serial adaptation of Si Doel Anak Betawi, although initially refused by studios for being too "provincial", was highly successful and ran for six seasons.[2] From 1997 to 2002, he served as a member of the People's Consultative Assembly, and from 2002 to 2007, Karno served as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, promoting literacy.[1][2]

His first book, The Last Barongsai, was published in 2010;[2] that same year, he released another film, Satu Jam Saja (Just One Hour).[3]

As of September 2011, Karno was planning to make a film adaptation of The Last Barongsai.[4]

Political careerEdit

In 2008, Karno ran for deputy regent (wakil bupati) of Tangerang as the partner of incumbent regent (bupati) Ismet Iskandar.[5] The pair won the election and were expected to serve until 2013.[5] While serving as deputy regent Karno continued to be active in the world of entertainment.[2]

In early 2011, Karno began campaigning for governor of Jakarta against incumbent Fauzi Bowo on the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle ticket.[6] Despite showing an early lead,[6] in early July Karno cancelled his candidacy for governor of Jakarta to run as Deputy Governor of Banten as the running mate of incumbent Bantan governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah.[7] On 30 October the Banten General Elections Commission announced that Chosiyah-Karno had won the election, with 50% percent of the votes; in mid-December 2011 he resigned as Deputy Regent of Tangerang.[5] He was to be sworn in on 11 January 2012 and was expected to serve until 2017.[5]

After Ratu Atut was arrested for a graft case, Rano took over her position and became governor in 2015.[8] He tried to run for a second term in the 2017 gubernatorial election, but was defeated by Wahidin Halim.[9]


At the 1974 Indonesian Film Festival, Karno won a Citra Award for Best Child Actor for his work in the film Rio Anakku; that same year, he won Best Child Actor at the Asia Pacific Film Festival for Di Mana Kau Ibu?.[2] Six years later, he won another Citra Award for his role in Taksi.[2] In 1995, he won Best Actor and Best Director for the serial Si Doel Anak Sekolahan.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Karno is married to Dewi Indriati, with whom he has a daughter and a son.[2] As of July 2011, he was valued at Rp 13 billion (US$1.5 million).[10]

Selected filmographyEdit

As of 2008, Karno has acted in more than 70 films.[11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipients Result
Indonesian Film Festival 1984 Citra Award for Best Leading Actor Yang Nominated
1985 Ranjau-ranjau Cinta Nominated
1987 Arini (Masih Ada Kereta yang Akan Lewat) Nominated
1989 Arini II (Biarkan Kereta Api itu Lewat) Nominated
1990 Taksi Won
1992 Kuberikan Segalanya Nominated


  1. ^ a b c TokohIndonesia.com, Si Doel, Wagub.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Hamdani 2010, Indonesian Star Rano.
  3. ^ The Jakarta Post 2010, Reva thrilled to be acting.
  4. ^ The Jakarta Post 2011, Rano's movie on Chinese-Indonesians.
  5. ^ a b c d Fidrus 2011, Rano quits Tangerang.
  6. ^ a b The Jakarta Post 2011, Rano Karno and Fauzi.
  7. ^ The Jakarta Post 2011, Rano Karno to run.
  8. ^ "Rano Karno officially becomes Governor of Banten". Republika. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Court rejects petition, Wahidin-Halim to lead Banten". The Jakarta Post. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  10. ^ The Jakarta Post 2011, Ratu Atut richest.
  11. ^ The Jakarta Post 2008, Rano Karno hospitalised.

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