Cobus Visser

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Cobus Visser (1949-2019) was a South African stage, television and film actor, voice artist and translator.


Cobus was born on 2 April 1949 and completed his school career in Upington in the Northern Cape. He died on Monday 28 October, 2019, of heart failure at the age of 70.


He studied at the University of Pretoria Drama Department.

During his years at the SABC he attended master classes in Los Angeles at the renowned Lee Strasberg Method School of Acting on several occasions with actors such as Al Pacino and Shelly Winters as guest lecturers.

Several study tours followed in places like England and Germany, the latter under the guidance of friend and teacher Professor Wolfgang von Stas, who was attached to the University of Koblenz and later Saarbrücken.


He was contracted by PACOFS in Bloemfontein and PACT in Pretoria from 1972 to 1975, after which he became a freelance actor, dubbing director, translator and voice artist.

In 1976 he joined the SABC as a freelance translator, sync translator, dubbing director and actor.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Some of his many appearances on stage were in productions of Hamlet in Afrikaans (1973), Professor Poffel en Professor Moffel PACOFS 1973, directed by Carel Trichardt, Plaston: DNS-Kind as "Joon", Dubbelspel met die Dood (PACT 1974) as "Kommissaris", Theodora as "Pepito", (PACT1974), Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (PACT 1975, Klerk B), Hond se Gedagte staged by PACOFS, directed by Carel Trichardt, with Cobus appearing as "Camille", 'n Seder Val in Waterkloof (PACT 1975).

He had a role in the film Promised Land released in the early 2000s, in Kruispad, a television series written by Deon Opperman.

He spent several years as a writer for soapies such as Egoli and Villa Rosa.

Cobus was also known for his vocal work on numerous soundtracks, and did a lot of translation work for television programs and films, mostly from English and German to Afrikaans.


Theatre programmes of various productions.

TVSA [1].

Insig, 31 December 2001.

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