Sombat Metanee is an 80-year-old legend of the Thai silver screen who, for a time, was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific movie star, performing in an incredible 617 titles.
Introduced to the world of celluloid in 1961, Sombat gained popularity for his good looks, sculpted body and sex appeal.
During his heyday in the 1960s and 1970s - the golden era of the Thai film industry - he often worked on several films at the same time, with almost the same hairstyle in each role.
On average, he starred in some 30 films a year covering various genres - action, drama, comedy, romance, romantic comedy and musical. Frequently paired with lead actress Aranya Namwong, Sombat was also well known for his singing voice and released a number of movie soundtrack records and albums.
Triggered to know more about him? Herewith is more information that maybe least known among the Southeast Asians:
He started his career appearing in the television series, Hua Jai Pratana.
He has also recorded 200 songs and released multiple albums and soundtracks.
He married his wife, Karnjana, and has a son who is an actor.
Both he and Harrison Ford had successful acting careers.
Did You Know that ...?
Matanee was elected to the Thai senate for a 6 year term by popular vote in April 19, 2006 only to have his term cut short by the Military coupe in Thailand the same year.
Source : Various sources including IMDb and Wikipedia