Béla Balás (1884-1967) was a Hungarian actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his leading role in the classic 1927 Hungarian silent film, "A Pál utcai fiúk".
Balás was born in 1884 in Budapest, Hungary. He began his career as an actor on the stage in 1907, and appeared in several theatrical productions throughout his lifetime. He was a frequent performer in the Budapest National Theatre, and became a successful film actor in the 1920s. He was particularly renowned for his lead role in the 1927 film, "A Pál utcai fiúk", which is now considered a classic of Hungarian cinema.
Balás also directed several films, including the 1932 film "Tüskevár", which featured a number of famous Hungarian actors. He also produced several films, such as the 1939 comedy "Főnök úr".
Throughout his career, Balás received many awards and accolades. In 1929, he won the Kossuth Prize, a prestigious award given to Hungarian artists and writers. In 1954, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Hungarian People's Republic.
Balás died in 1967 in Budapest. He is remembered as one of the most influential actors and filmmakers in Hungarian cinema. He was a pioneer of the Hungarian film industry and his legacy lives on through his contributions to the art form.