Fats Dibeco

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Fats Dibeco) (1937-1999) was an actor.


Born Stanley Dibeco in Alexandra Township, went to school at St Paul's Methodist Church and finished in 1963.

A stage actor for over 30 years, he was also a popular and recognisable TV and film performer.

He passed away in 1999.

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

Stage plays

His first stage role was in Gibson Kente’s Manana the Jazz Prophet (at Dorkay House), Dutchman by Everett LeRoi Jones.

He also performed in Phiri, Now There's Just the Three of Us; Shaka; The Prodigal Son; Black and Blue; The Train; King Kong

He starred in Paul Slabolepszy’s Saturday Night at the Palace with Slabolepszy and Bill Flynn with direction by Bobby Heaney at Upstairs at the Market in 1982. It returned to the Market Theatre in October.

He starred in A Midsummer Night's Dream, (Market Theatre 1988-9) and in Barney Simon’s Starbrites which was staged at the Market in September 1990.

For The Company at the Market Theatre:

The Primary English Class; The Mighty Gents; Nongogo; Marabi and The Bacchae.


Knock Out, African Adventure, A Good Man in Africa, Going Bananas, Nukie..


Omaruru; The Visitors.

Awards, etc.

Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Saturday Night at the Palace for the 1962 DALRO Awards.


SACD 1981/82.

Saturday Night at the Palace programme notes, 1982.

Obituary published in The Sowetan, 19 August 1999.

Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

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