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Beloved Icelandic Actor Passes Away

Flosi Ólafsson, a beloved Icelandic actor, director, author and translator passed away on Saturday, a few days before his 80th birthday on October 27. Ólafsson was admitted to hospital after a serious traffic accident on Wednesday last week.

Ólafsson was moved from intensive care to the general ward of the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík on Thursday as his condition was believed not to be critical anymore. His condition then suddenly worsened on Saturday, Morgunbladid reports.

He leaves behind his wife Lilja Margeirsdóttir and their two grown children, Anna and Ólafur.

Ólafsson studied drama at the National Theater of Iceland from 1956 to 1958 and directing and program making at the BBC in 1960 and 1961.

He directed a host of plays and programs for radio and television in his career and acted and sang in many plays staged by the National Theater and in a number of films.

Ólafsson also wrote and translated books, theater productions, musicals and comedy operas, most recently The Sound of Music, currently being staged at Reykjavík City Theater.

Among his greatest achievements is the translation of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Ólafsson’s memoirs, Í kvosinni, originally published in 1982, were recently republished on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

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