The theatre actor, poet, prose writer and playwright Antanas Žekas (1931 05 17–2015 12 05) passed away on December 5 2015. He was 85 years old.

Antanas was born on May 17, 1931, in Kėdainiai county, Šėta volost, Kirdeikiai village to the family of farmers on the shores of Obelis river. In 1945 he moved to Kaunas, where he graduated from Kaunas Aušra Gymnasium.

As a child, he dreamed of becoming a tailor and later in the veranda of his family cottage after making a little altar he tested the priest's service in front of his peers and while doing so inspired himself for the actor's vocation.

In 1953–1957 he studied performing arts at Vilnius State Conservatory together with Vytautas Paukštė, Elena Gaigalaitė (who had recently passed away) and others.

The person of the stage, who had a special way with words had written a dozen stage works, including six staged at the Kaunas State Puppet Theatre, one at the Panevėžys Puppet Theatre and two - Magic Word (director V. Eidukaitis, 1967) and Woodcock Hunt (director. A. Lebeliūnas, 2000) - staged at the Kaunas State Drama Theatre. The artist spent the last decade focusing mostly on literature and journalism.