Veteran Sri Lankan actor Alexander Fernando passed away on the 29th of April 2020. The cause of death has not been revealed yet, he was 79 years old. Considered as one of the best ever villains in Sinhala cinema, Fernando acted in over 120 Sinhala films, six Tamil films made in Sri Lanka, and one English film. He is also a stunt director in films. Fernando was born in Colombo. He was also proficient in wrestling, boxing and swimming during his school years.
Alexander even represented Sri Lanka at the 1962 Commonwealth Games for wrestling. Fernando then qualified for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He is the only actor in Sri Lanka to have represented his country in sports. Fernando started in drama by acting in Tamil stage plays. He acted in the plays Shalomi and Julius Ceasar. Fernando also acted in Tamil films Yar Aval, Engleil Oruvan, Nangu Lechchami, Rattathi Thirtemme, and the English film Reincarnation.