In the year 2020, based on the secret votes of the artists of Vígszínház Budapest, András Kern has received the Éva Ruttkai mourning ring. The prize goes to the artist of the company with the most outstanding performance in the given calendar year.
The Éva Ruttkai mourning ring was founded in 1986 by Júlia Gábor, the daughter of the legendary and highly awarded actress of Vígszínház Budapest. The prize is traditionally handed over on the day before the birthday of Éva Ruttkai for the artist who receives the most secret votes by the others for giving the most outstanding performance. This year András Kern was recognized for his performance in the play ‘The Father’.
András Kern was born in Budapest and had his first big success in 1962 with a stand-up piece in a famous Hungarian talent contest. After graduating from the University of Theatre and Film, he became and actor-in-residence at Vígszínház Budapest. He is one of the most successful and most popular artists of his generation, having performed in numerous theatre plays, more than 60 films and TV-shows, he is a very well-known voice actor, among others he is the Hungarian voice of Woody Allen, and he is also working as a director both in theatre and in film. He released four recordings and appears regularly on the radio. Beside the many awards he got during his career, in the year 2007 he received the Kossuth Prize, the highest Hungarian state award for artistic and cultural excellence for his work.
The Éva Ruttkai mourning ring was received first by Géza Tordy in 1987. The awarded artists with this prize since are: Enikő Eszenyi, Iván Darvas, Vera Pap, László Gálffi, Attila Kaszás, Sándor Lukács, Nóra Tábori, Márta Jánoskúti, Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, Éva Igó, Enikő Börcsök, Róbert Alföldi, István Hajdu, Gábor Csőre, Endre Harkányi, Ádám Rajhona, Lídia Danis, Attila Epres, Gábor Reviczky, Barbara Hegyi, Vera Venczel, Éva Bata, Béla Fesztbaum, Gábor Csőre, Kata Péter, József Wunderlich, Attila Vidnyánszky Jr., Csenge Szilágyi and András Kern.