Victor Rebengiuc has made a major contribution to the history of Romanian theatre and cinema. He studied at the Ion Luca Caragiale Theatre of Theatrical and Cinematic Arts, Bucharest, in the class of Professors Aura Buzescu and Beate Fredanov, graduating in 1956. He has been a member of Bucharest’s Bulandra Theatre Company since 1957, but has also appeared on the stages of the National Theatre and the Little Theatre in Bucharest and the National Theatre and Ark Theatre in Cluj. He has appeared in more than two hundred rôles on stage at the Bulandra Theatre.
Thanks to his performance in the film The Forest of the Hanged, directed by Liviu Ciulei, Rebengiuc became a major figure in Romanian cinema, confirmed by his masterful performance in Stere Gulea’s The Morometes in 1986. He has also appeared in films directed by Dan Pița (Tănase Scatiu, Justice in Chains, On the Sand Cliffs, The Man of the Day) and Lucian Pintilie (Why are they Tolling the Bells Mitică? The Scales, Too Late, The Paradise of the Final Stops, Niki and Flo, Terium Non Datur). In the theatre, Rebengiuc has worked with directors including Liviu Ciulei, Radu Penciulescu, Andrei Șerban, Cătălina Buzoianu, Yuri Kordonsky, Gábor Tompa, and Alexandru Dabija. His performances as an actor are also synonymous with a number of major rôles in television theatre and National Radio Theatre.
From 1990 to 1996 he was rector of the Ion Luca Caragiale Theatre of Theatrical and Cinematic Arts, Bucharest, and from 1996 to 1998, he was director of the Bulandra Theatre.
He was won numerous awards bestowed by UNITER, the Prize of the Association of Romanian Filmmakers for Tănase Scatiu (1976), The Morometes (1987) and The Forest Woman (1987), awards at the San Remo International Film Festival (1988) and Santarem International Film Festival (1988), and the Prize of the Union of Romanian Filmmakers for The Scales (1992).
In 2011, he was awarded the Prize for Best Male Lead at the Contemporary Drama Festival in Brașov for his performance as Colonel Festisov in Colonel Bird, and in 2002 he won the Romanian Academy’s Aristizza Romanescu Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Performing Arts. In 2003, Victor Rebengiuc was awarded the UNITER Prize for Lifetime Achievement. In 2004 he was given the Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj. In January 2008, he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ion Luca Caragiale Theatre of Theatrical and Cinematic Arts.
Victor Rebengiuc reads poetry by: