Movie actor, director and producer Dokdin Kanyaman, an acclaimed National Artist, died early Tuesday morning. He was 93. Dokdin died at 3am at Bangkok’s Vichaiyut Hospital.
A royally sponsored bathing rite will be held at 4pm on Tuesday at Wat Makutkasattriyaram, Pavilion 6, where the Abhidhamma prayer will be recited for him for the next seven days.
Dokdin, born Thamrong Kanyaman on October 25, 1924, received the Prince Narathip Praphanphong Award in 2007, an honour reserved for senior artists and writers.
He was named a National Artist in the performing arts (film) in 2012.
Dokdin directed and appeared in the 1964 movie “Nok Noi” (Little Bird), which won the Phra Surasawadee (Tukata Thong, or Golden Doll) Award.
Shot on 16mm film, as was the norm then, it became the first Thai movie to earn more than Bt1 million at the box office and brought its stars, Mit Chaibancha and Phetchara Chaowarat, national fame.
Based on the success of “Nok Noi”, Dokdin promoted his subsequent releases with the catchphrase “Lan laew ja”, meaning “one million already”.
And, sure enough, of the 32 films he directed or produced, 24 topped Bt1 million in earnings.