The message said: "Roy de Silva, who entered the acting field in the 1960 decade, contributed his versatile acting to many films which became immensely popular among film fans. He had a special aptitude to play any role, including that of the hero, villain or jester.
"Roy, who was an incomparable actor and film creator, has also joined script writing and background singing. At a time when the local cinema suffered a setback in the 1980 decade, he contributed towards its uplift by creating commercial films which set box office records. While saluting veteran artiste Roy de Silva, who dedicated his whole life towards local cinema, I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to his beloved wife, veteran actress Sumana Amarasinghe and all his family members and relatives," the Prime Minister said in his message.