Kostas Voutsas, one of the best actors of his generation and an icon for Greek cinema and television, dies early on Wednesday. He was 88.

Voutsas was rushed to the hospital on February 7 and admitted to the Cardiology Unit with symptoms of a lung infection and heart and breathing difficulties.
In a recent video shot at his birthday on January 31, 2019, Voutsas thanks his fans for sending birthday wishes and notes with humor: “I am closing in on 90, but I assure you I will be around until I am 110!”
“Kostas Voutsas embarked on the great journey, along with the laughter and joy he generously shared with so many generations of Greeks. His optimism and pure-hearted smile will always accompany us.” Prime Minister Mitsotakis said.

Voutsas was born in Athens in 1931 and moved to Thessaloniki in 1932. He studied drama at the Drama School of the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and made his stage and screen debut in 1953.

His acting technique is being studied at the University of Patras. He has received many lifetime achievement awards, Thessaloniki International Film Festival.