David Muller

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There are a number of people by this name involved in the industry.

1. David Muller (fl 1930s)

An Afrikaans actor.


Born and raised in Thaba'Nchu in the Orange Free State. ***

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

Member of Paul de Groot's 1931 company, touring with Besigheid is Besigheid for 83 performances. **


Binge, 1960. p. 180.

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2. David Muller (1950-)

A bilingual (Afrikaans/English) actor and educator.


David was born and raised in Franschhoek, and did a variety of jobs before he went to University of Stellenbosch Drama Department at the age of 28.

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

He acted in The Way of the World (UTS 1978) and Andorra (UTS, 1979).

His first professional production was in 84 Charing Cross Road at the Baxter Theatre in 1981. Other roles were in Skyf (as Paul, 1984), The Dybbuk (1984), The Apple Cart (CAPAB 1992), Diary of a Madman (2001), Buckingham Palace, District Six (2000-2001), Cry, the Beloved Country (NAF, 2003), Much Ado about Nothing (Maynardville 2005).

Among his other roles over the years have been: Imagining Einstein, Heathcote Williams's Whale Nation (2013? - performed in the rib cage of a fifteen metre Bryde's Whale Skeleton in Bahrain), Oom Schalk from the Heart (2013-4) and Oom Schalk from the Heart 2 (2015).

He appeared in the musicals Snake Magic, An African Tale {Kalk Bay Theatre, 2003), Harbour: the Kalk Bay Musical (2011).

He became involved in children's theatre and started a one-man company called The Merry Scholar in the late 1980s, with which he takes dramatized stories and educational projects to schools in his alter ego as the Merry Scholar.

He wrote the play Touched by TB which was performed in 2010. It was commissioned as a thank you from University of Stellenbosch medical researchers to more than 1000 residents of the Cape Flats who are participating in a complex seven-country study of how tuberculosis spreads through homes.

Awards, etc

At the annual Amateur Dramatic Awards in 2008, he was named best actor for his role in an amateur production of The Shadrack Affair in 2007.


Oom Schalk set to charm Kalk Bay - 26/03/2014 - Artslink.co.za News.

Cape Times, 13 March 2008.

Mail and Guardian, 18 March 2010.

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