|Died||18 January 2017 (aged 85)|
|Resting place||Bellu Cemetery, Bucharest|
|Awards||Order of the Star of Romania, Knight rank|
He was born in Sibiu in 1931 and graduated the city's Theater and Music Academy. After making his debut in 1957, he played for 16 years at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu. He then moved to Bucharest, where he played at the Bulandra Theatre. He later served for 12 years as director of this well-known theatre.
Besoiu appeared in some of the most important Romanian films from the Communist period: "Furtuna", "Neamul Șoimăreștilor", "Haiducii", "Răscoala", "Mihai Viteazul", "Ciprian Porumbescu", "Păcală", "Blestemul pământului, blestemul iubirii", "Ultima noapte de dragoste", "Lumini și umbre", "Ce neagră e mama", and "Toate pânzele sus!".
- Thirst (1961)
- Haiducii (1966)
- Michael the Brave (1970)
- The Actor and the Savages (1975)
- Toate pînzele sus (1976-1978)
- Mihail, câine de circ (1979)
- The Last Assault (1985)
- Cu un pas inainte (2006-07), Tudor Avramescu
- Inimă de țigan (2007), Vasile Dumbravă, Gigi Dumbrava's father
- Regina (2008), Don Tito
- Loverboy (2011)
- Bucharest Non Stop (2015)
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- In 2001 he was awarded the Order of the Star of Romania, Knight rank, by President Ion Iliescu.
- In 2001 he was declared Citizen of Honour of Sibiu.
- In 2002 he received the Excellency Prize of Romanian Cinematography.
- In 2011 he received the Gopo Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
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