Sombat Metanee's wax figure at Madame Tussauds Bangkok

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Sombat Metanee


“I never thought of acting, but I was good-looking, smart and I had sex appeal”

Dubbed as a “forever lead actor” by the Thai media, Sombat held the Guinness World Record for most film appearances with 617 films and has so far been involved in more than 2,000 films, television shows and commercials. In 2006 he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bangkok International Film Festival

Sombat made his first appearance in the television series Hua Jai Pratana (Heart’s Desires) (1960) and was then cast in Roong Petch (Diamond Rainbow) (1961), which opened at the Empire Theatre in Bangkok and made him an instant success. This lead to starring roles in films including Tawan Lang Lued (Blood of the Sun) (1963). Often performing his own stunts, Sombat was an action star and won the “Golden Doll” award for Best Actor in Suek Bang Rajan (The battle of Bang Rajan) (1966)

Sombat mainly appeared alongside Aranya Namwong, as one of Thailand’s top screen couples. In recent years he has starred in the Thai / Western movie Tears of the Black Tiger (2000) and also The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)

Born Sombat Metanee 26th June 1937 in Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand

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