Relja Bašić

Relja Bašić
Born (1930-02-14) February 14, 1930
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, (now Croatia)
Nationality Croat
Occupation Actor
Relatives Elly (née Lerch) Bašić
Mladen Bašić

Relja Bašić (born 14 February 1930) is a Croatian actor, one of the most prolific and versatile Croatian actors with a career which lasts for more than half a century.

Bašić was born on 14 February 1930 in Zagreb, at the time of Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He was born to a Jewish mother Elly (née Lerch) Bašić.[1][2] Bašić was raised by his mother and stephfather Mladen Bašić. He first appeared on screen in 1954 classic film Koncert. Through the decades, he played many different roles in many different films, often in international co-productions. He never became a star, but remained one of the most recognisable and dependable character actors. His specialty were the roles of suave aristocratic villains, especially in historic films dealing with World War II, but his best remembered role is Mr. Fulir in 1970 cult musical comedy Tko pjeva zlo ne misli.

In the 1990s, Relja Bašić was an enthusiastic supporter of the Croatian Social Liberal Party. During 1992 parliamentary elections he appeared as that party's candidate in one of Zagreb constituencies. He lost that race to Nedjeljko Mihanović of HDZ in controversial circumstances. A few months later, on elections for upper House of Croatian Parliament, he won the seat representing City of Zagreb.

In 1995, President Tuđman awarded him with the Order of Danica Hrvatska.[3]

Relja Bašić also acts as a UNESCO Artist for Peace.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1954 Koncert Bartol
1955 Millions on the Island Žuti/Štakor
1956 The Siege Adam
1956 Pulverschnee nach Übersee
1957 Sand, Love and Salt Innkeeper
1960 The Battle of Austerlitz Soldier uncredited
1961 The Seven Revenges
1961 Le goût de la violence
1962 Il capitano di ferro
1965 Covik od svita



  • Snješka Knežević, Aleksander Laslo (2011). Židovski Zagreb. Zagreb: AGM, Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 978-953-174-393-8. 
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