KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Aziz Sattar, the iconic actor, comedian, director and singer who died at 89 on May 6, lived life to the fullest and was proof that an entertainer can last a lifetime.
Until his final days, he was a regular face on the big and small screen and movie-goers of today best remember him for appearing alongside Malaysia's current 'A-listers' Afdlin Shauki, Rashidi Ishak, Vanidah Imran and Que Haidar in Setem (2009), Datuk Rosyam Nor and Maya Karin in the two Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam movies (2004 and 2005), and Saiful Apek, Fasha Sandha and Yusry Abdul Halim in Cicak-Man (2005).
The four-times-married Aziz, a regular in television dramas and comedies, always told friends and fans that the key to staying "young at heart" is "eating well, not keeping grudges and having a good laugh".
Jokes and laughter aside, Pak Ajis (as he was affectionately known by his juniors) could be very serious, especially when it came to punctuality and preparedness for a movie.
He never stopped reminding his juniors that 'diva-like' behaviour, selfishness and indiscipline will 'get them nowhere', and that one should be primarily motivated by passion, not material gain.
An institution in the Malaysia's and Singapore film in dustries, Aziz had been a regular on the silver screen since the era of his mentor and close friend Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
He was one of Ramlee's closest collaborators and they appeared in the film Hang Tuah before teaming up with S. Shamsuddin as the iconic "bachelor boys" in the Bujang Lapok movie series.
Aziz was born in Pekalongan, Java. in the Dutch East Indies (today Indonesia) on August 25, 1925. He had his early education in Kota Raja Malay School, Singapore, and at 10, he displayed talent as a natural comedian and entertainer, performing at weddings.
In 1950 he joined the Suara Hiburan Keroncong Band and two years later (after working as a lorry driver) he joined Jalan Ampas' Malay Film Productions as a voice-over talent.
His first film was Putus Harapan in 1953 where he had a minor role. After that he starred in more than 50 films and hundreds of television movies, comedies and dramas.
Aziz directed his first movie Keluarga Si Comot in 1975. He directed 15 films including Si Badol (1979), Prebet Lapok (1979), Penyamun Tarbus (1980) and Da Di Du (1981). As a director he introduced to the movie industry veteran co medians as A R Badul (the son of his friend, actor-comedian A R Tompel) and Mr Os.
Aziz's other famous films included Nujum Pak Belalang (1959), Labu Labi (1962), Nasib Labu Labi (1963), Darah Satria (1983), Bujang Lapok Kembali Daa (1985), Abang '92 (1993), Tarik-Tarik (1994), Layar Lara (1997), Anak Halal (2007), Momok The Movie (2009) and Kecoh Betul (2010).