Actor Khalid Salleh has died at the age of 70 at the Ampang Puteri Medical Centre today (July 23), according to MStar.
Khalid was reported to be ill early this year, but the actor later said he was healthy and was only suffering the ailments of an elderly person.
Khalid was active in both films and Malay theatre. His works with director U-Wei Saari in the 1990s especially – on stage production Bakai, as well as in the films Kaki Bakar and Jogho – were prominent.
He received the Best Actor award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan, in 1998, for Jogho – making him the first Malaysian actor to accomplish this feat after Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s win in the same category in 1957, for Anakku Sazali.
Khalid was awarded Best Actor at Malaysia Film Festival as well in 1999 for Jogho. His most recent film was in U-Wei’s 2012 project, Hanyut, which was released in Malaysia in December, 2016.