Gamini Fonseka

Actor, Film director

1936 – 2004

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Who was Gamini Fonseka?

Sembuge Gamini Shelton Fonseka was a Sri Lankan film actor, Film director and politician.

Fonseka was born on March 21, 1936 in Dehiwela the third child of William and Daisy Fonseka. Starting school at a Presbyterian institution, Gamini moved on to S. Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia. As a youngster, he gained repute for imitating administrative figures at school. Gamini also prospered in the study of the Sinhala language and literature and placed in the upper fourth for a Sinhala literature prize. The award for this achievement was presented to him by S. Thomas' graduate and Sri Lankan Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake. Gamini was also an accomplished cricket player. Gamini Fonseka married his longtime girlfriend Dorothy Margaret Valencia also known as Tina in 1962 and had four children Chamila, Thanuja, Dammith and Ishara. Many years later he also fathered Kaushalya and Poornima. He remained married to Tina until his death in September 2004.

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Born
Mar 21, 1936
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Also known as
  • Sembuge Gamini Shelton Fonseka
  • Sembuge Don Shelton Gamini Fonseka
Parents
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • Sri Lanka
Profession
Education
  • S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia
Died
Sep 30, 2004
Ja-Ela

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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