BELGRADE – Legendary Serbian actor Dragan Nikolic died in a Belgrade hospital Friday morning after a long and difficult illness, the RTS reported.

Nikolic was born in Belgrade on August 20, 1943.

The star actor began his film career with a minor role in the 1964 film The Real State of Affairs, appearing in over a hundred brilliant roles on film, television and stage.

Nikolic is survived by his wife, actress Milena Dravic.