Milorad Gavrilovic

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Milorad Gavrilovic
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Born21 May 1861
Valjevo, Principality of Serbia
Died26 April 1931
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Actor
  • Manager

Milorad Gavrilović (Valjevo, Principality of Serbia, 21 May 1861 - Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 26 April 1931) was a Serbian actor and manager. The 19th-century theatre in Serbia and the two empires (Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire) saw changes from previous centuries in the world of the theatre. It was dominated primarily by actor-managers who ran the theatres and played the lead roles in productions such as Toša Jovanović, Ilija Stanojević, Emilija Popović (1859-1917), including Milorag Gavrilovic and others.


At seventeen, after completing his high school education, Gavrilović moved from his native Valjevo to Belgrade, eager to pursue a career as a classical actor. When his teacher, actor-manager Toša Jovanović, then considered one of the great actors of his generation, invited Gavrilović to play a supporting role at the National Theatre in Belgrade, soon another invitation would come his way, from the prestigious theatre at Novi Sad. It was his Belgrade and Novi Sad appearances that marked his debuts at the tender age of 18, stunning audiences and critics with his performances, he later toured Serbia and parts of Serbian provinces of Austria-Hungary and southern provinces of Serbia of the Ottoman Empire as an actor-manager. He performed wherever there were Serbian people, winning a lot of awards and honors for his acting abilities, including the coveted Order of Saint Sava which he cherished very much. He wore that medal at every photographic studio setting.[1][2]

From March 1910 to 1 January 1911, Milorad Gavrilović headed the management of the National Theatre in Belgrade until Milan Grol sorted out a misunderstanding with the Minister of Education and was reinstated back in the same position he held from 1909 and continued in the same capacity until 1924 with an interruption caused by the Great War[3].


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