Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P Ramlee, PSM, AMN, DA(P) (Sarawak) (22 March 1929â€“29 May 1973) was a Malaysian film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. Due to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, he is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra (especially in Aceh due to his ancestry).
P. Ramlee was born Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh, on the first day of the Eid festival, which fell on 22 March 1929. His father, Teuku Nyak Puteh, was a sailor from Aceh, who later married Che Mah Hussain.Â He attended Sekolah Melayu Kampung Jawa (English: Kampung Jawa Malay School) and Sekolah Francis Light primary schools. Then he went to the famous Penang Free School secondary school until the second World War broke out. During the Japanese Occupation years in Malaya, he continued his studies at the Japanese Navy Academy. When the war ended, he resumed his studies in Penang Free School. He was very active in sports.He died 29 May 1973.
In 1947, he won the first place in a song competition organized by Penang Radio. Seven years after his acting career started, P. Ramlee directed his first film Penarek Becha. In 1957, P. Ramlee appeared in the first of his Bujang Lapok comedic films, in which he acted along with Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsudin, and which are still popular among modern Malay film watchers. During his career he directed and acted in sixty-six films, and had more than 360 songs to his credit.Â He returned permanently to Kuala Lumpur after years with Shaw Brothers in Singapore; however, he would never have expected that his permanent return would mark the beginning of his downfall. His final film was Laksemana Do Re Mi in 1972 and his last song and lyrics before his death in 1973 were Air Mata di Kuala Lumpur (Tears in Kuala Lumpur). In his last song, the lyrics depict his crushed feelings and series of disappointments and setbacks upon returning to Malaysia after years in Singapore. –taken from Wikipedia