15 february 2024

(Mostar, 23rd June, 1946 – Belgrade, 14th February, 2024)


Gojko Šantić, member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre ensemble from 1968 – 2011, died yesterday in Belgrade.

He graduated in acting from the Academy of Film, Radio and Television in 1967 where he studied under the mentorship of Professor Mata Milošević and became a member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre the following year. He belonged to the, so called, generation of Bojan’s Babies, together with other actors who joined around that time: Milan Gutović, Tanasije Uzunović, Josif Tatić, Ivan Bekjarev, Branko Cvejić, Svetlana Bojković, Đurđija Cvetić, Slobodan Đurić, Dušan Đurić, Vojislav Brajović, Mirjana Vukojčić, Cvijeta Mesić.

At the YDT, he appeared in over thirty different production and his performances were particularly noted in productions such as Coriolanus (Coriolanus, 1970), Othello (Othello, 1977), I, Rade Tomov (Njegoš, 1979), The Three Sisters (Prozorov, 1981), Zli dusi (Nikolai Stavrogin, 1984), Migrations (Vuk Isakovič, 1986), The Valjevo Hospital (Apis, 1989), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff, 1993), The Travelling Troupe Šopalović (Drobac, 1985) for which he received the City of Belgrade October Award. His last appearance in a YDT production was in the role of Gayev in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in year 2000 when he received the Milivoje Milivoje Živanović award at the Theatre Festival in Požarevac that same year.

Šantić also appeared in productions by various other theatres – The Belgrade Drama Theatre, Atelje 212, The National Theatre of Montenegro, The National Theatres in Belgrade and Niš…

He also appeared in film and television roles. His most important role in film was that of Dorotheus in the eponymous film released in 1981.

Gojko Šantić received numerous awards for his acting, such as the October Award, the Vuk Award as well as four Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Awards.

Details regarding Šantić’s funeral will be announced in due course.