Gert van den Bergh

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Gert van den Bergh (b. Krugersdorp, 16/10/1920 – d. Cape Town, 16/02/1968) was a stage, film and radio actor.


Gert Nicolaas van den Bergh started his acting career as a member of the Krugersdorp Municipal Dramatic and Operatic Society. There his work was spotted by Anna Neethling-Pohl, who brought him into the Volksteater. They also arranged a couple of benefit performances to raise money to enable him to study at the University of Pretoria. He appeared in several plays for the Volksteater and in 1943 spent one year with Hendrik and Mathilde Hanekom. Thereafter he acted with the Pierre De Wet Toneelgeselskap, followed by work for the National Theatre Organisation.

As early as 1942 he appeared in his first film, namely Die Lig van ‘n Eeu, directed by Andries A. Pienaar, better known as the writer Sangiro. Subsequently he acted in movies by Pierre de Wet, including film versions of the plays Pinkie (Pinkie se Erfenis/1946) and Die Goeie Oue Tyd (Simon Beyers/1947). These were followed by two films for Bladon Peake and, despite frequent radio work (he was South Africa’s first freelance radio broadcaster), it is through a wide range of films that he became known as one of the country’s foremost and reliable actors. As he got older, he gained a certain gravitas that stood him in good stead in his last role as the Chairman of the Stigting Adriaan Delport in Jans Rautenbach’s Die Kandidaat (1968). Interestingly, he is also credited as the scriptwriter of Al Debbo's Die Wonderwêreld van Kammie Kamfer (1965). In addition, in the early days, he frequently dubbed the voices of other actors in films made for African Film Productions.

He was married twice, first to Erna Eksteen, who had acted with him in Nag het die Wind Gebring at the NTO, and later to actress Dulcie Smit, who afterwards took the stage name of Dulcie van den Bergh. Their son, film actor/director Regardt van den Bergh, was born in 1952. Actresses Lika van den Bergh/Lika Berning and Leán van den Bergh are his granddaughters. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the early age of 47.



1941 – Dagbreek (Produced by Hermien Dommisse for Krugersdorpse Munisipale Vereniging vir Drama en Opera), 1942 – Die Krag van die Liefde (Produced by Anna Neethling-Pohl for Volksteater), 1942 – Monna Vanna (Produced by Anna Neethling-Pohl for Volksteater), 1943 – God's Meule Maal (Die Hanekoms), 1944 – Korrels en Kaf (Pierre De Wet Toneelgeselskap), 1944 – Pinkie (Pierre De Wet Toneelgeselskap for Volksteater), 1944 - Die Goeie Oue Tyd (Pierre De Wet Toneelgeselskap), 1945 – Nag het die Wind Gebring (Directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl for Krugerdorpse Munisipale Vereniging vir Drama en Opera/Volksteater), 1946 – A Month in the Country (Gwen ffrangçon-Davies / Marda Vanne Company at Standard Theatre and Alhambra Theatre), 1948 – Altyd My Liefste (Produced by Truida Pohl for National Theatre Organisation), 1948 – Nag het die Wind Gebring (Directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl for National Theatre Organisation), 1950 – Macbeth (Produced in Afrikaans by Gwen ffrangcon-Davies for African Theatres/National Theatre Organisation), 1955 – Bitter Einde (Produced by Anna Neethling-Pohl for Johannesburgse Afrikaanse Amateur Toneelspelers).


1942 – Die Lig van ‘n Eeu (Director: Andries A. Pienaar), 1946 – Pinkie se Erfenis (Director: Pierre de Wet), 1947 – Simon Beyers (Director: Pierre de Wet), 1948 – Die Kaskenades van Dokter Kwak (Director: Pierre de Wet), 1952 – Hans-die-Skipper (Director: Bladon Peake), 1953 – Inspan (Director: Bladon Peake), 1954 – ‘n Plan is ‘n Boerdery (Director: Pierre de Wet), 1958 – Diamond Safari (Director: Gerald Mayer), 1960 – Rip van Wyk (Director: Emil Nofal), 1960 – Die Vlugteling (Director: Gordon Vorster), 1961 – The Hellions (Director: Ken Annakin), 1962 – Die Tweede Slaapkamer (Director: Gordon Vorster), 1962 – Tom Dirk en Herrie (Director: Al Debbo), 1962 – Stropers van die Laeveld (Director: David Millin), 1962 – Jy’s Lieflik Vanaand (Director: Gordon Vorster), 1963 – Die Ruiter in die Nag (Director: Jan Perold), 1964 – Mozambique (Director: Robert Lynn), 1964 – Zulu (Director: Cy Endfield), 1964 – Code 7, Victim 5 (Director: Robert Lynn), 1964 - Sandy the Seal (Director: Robert Lynn), 1964 – Seven against the Sun (Director: David Millin), 1965 – Tokoloshe (Director: Peter Prowse), 1965 – Debbie (Director: Elmo de Witt), 1965 – The Naked Prey (Director: Cornel Wilde), 1965 – Diamond Walkers (Director: Paul Martin), 1965 – King Hendrik (Director: Emil Nofal), 1965 – Die Wonderwêreld van Kammie Kamfer (Director: Al Debbo), 1966 – Know How / Kophou (short) (Director: Terry Elderfield), 1966 – The Second Sin (Director: David Millin), 1967 – Wild Season (Director: Emil Nofal), 1967 – Die Professor en die Prikkelpop / The Professor and the Beauty Queen (Director: Jamie Uys), 1967 – The Jackals (uncredited) (Director: Robert D. Webb), 1968 – Die Kandidaat (Director: Jans Rautenbach).

Film (Voice Only)

1955 – Vadertjie Langbeen (uncredited) (Director: Pierre de Wet) 1955 – Matieland! (uncredited) (Director: Pierre de Wet) 1957 – Dis Lekker om te Lewe (uncredited) (Director: Pierre de Wet) 1958 – Fratse in die Vloot (uncredited) (Director: Pierre de Wet) 1959 – Nooi van my Hart (uncredited) (Director: Pierre de Wet) 1961 – Basie (uncredited) (Director: Gordon Vorster) 1964 – Piet my Niggie (uncredited) (Director: Jan Perold)

Documentaries as Narrator

195* - U Arbeid is vir Toekomstige Ure (Director: Lewis Lewis) 195* - Die Slagaar van Suid-Afrika (Director: not credited) 1955 – Suid-Afrika: Kampioeneland (Director: not credited) 1959 – Krag vir Suid-Afrika (with Pieter Uys, Jan Erasmus & Esmé Euvrard) (Director: Denis Scully) 196* - In die Wolke Oor Europa (Directors: Helena & Harold Weaver)


1966 – Der Rivonia-Prozess (German television) (Director: Jürgen Goslar)


1944 – Agamemnon (Produced by Anna Neethling-Pohl

Awards, etc

In 1965 he received a Special Medal for Film, Theatre and Radio Art from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.


Binge, L.W.B. - Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832 tot 1950) (1969)

Botha, Danie - Voetligte & applous!: die begin van die Afrikaanse beroepstoneel (2006)

Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm (1982)

Minnaar-Vos, Anna - Die spel gaan voort: die verhaal van Hendrik en Mathilde Hanekom (1969)

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