Renowned Bulgarian director Leon Daniel was born in Ruse on February 17, 1927. In 1952 he graduated from the Leningrad Theater Institute with a degree in theater production.Later Daniel worked in the Ruse Threater, the Burgas Theater, the Bulgarian National Television, the Documentaries Studio, the Vratsa Theater, the Musical Theateramong others. After 1982 he worked at the Theater of the Bulgarian Army.Leon Daniel has also directed one movie, and is the author of several books. He received the theater production award of the Bulgarian Actors' Union three times. In 2003 the President Georgi Parvanov awarded Daniel Bulgaria's highest order "StaraPlanina" for his overall contribution to Bulgarian culture. He died in Sofia, in 2008, at the age of 81.