Eddie Eckstein

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Eddie Eckstein] (born 1939). Singer, musician, comic and actor.





Eddie was one of the founder members of the group The Bats with whom he represented South Africa at the Tokyo Song Festival and his song 'Oh God It's Beautiful', which had been composed by fellow Bat Paul Ditchfield, came 11th out of 35 countries When the Bats disbanded in 1980, after a period of 16 years, he then followed a solo career.

He took the part of Mannie Bloom in John Cundill's TV series Oh George in the early 1980s.

He spent one year in Sydney, Australia, where he appeared in I Love my Wife. He returned to South Africa in 1983.

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

He starred in Brickhill-Burke’s production of Michael Stewarts I Love my Wife in 1982 at the Civic Theatre together with Tobie Cronje. It returned after a run in Sydney with Bartholomew John, Erica Rogers and Sharon Lynne having joined the cast.

Constance Grappo directed him and Andre Hattingh in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors in 1984.

His theatre appearances have included starring roles in Pyjama Tops at The WIld Coast Sun, Not Now Darling (1987) and Grin and Bare It, What About Luv? (1993).

Eddie was one of the comedians in the popular TV show Biltong and Potroast and also took part in the first Laugh Aid in the Sun City Superbowl. He regularly appeared on TV as one of the hosts on the hugely successful Telly Fun Quiz.'

Awards, etc


Tucker, 1997. pp 361, 437.

Programme for Little Shop of Horrors 1984 held by NELM: [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 719.

What About Luv? programme notes, 19**.

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