Renowned Romanian actor Ilarion Ciobanu died of cancer this weekend, one month before his 77 anniversary, Romanian news television Realitatea TV informs. Ilarion Ciobanu was born on October 28, 1931 in Ciucur, Tighina and was known for his theatrical and film appearances over most of the past 50 years.

He played in dozens of movies next to other important Romanian actors. In 2004, he received the Excellence Award for his contribution in the Romanian film industry as part of the BiFEST Bucharest International Film Festival where the audience applauded for minutes.