Gilbert Gibson (1928-2018) was a South African journalist, publicist, scriptwriter, actor, composer and songwriter.
He was born Gilbert George Julian Gibson on 28th January 1928, one of 3 sons and 2 daughters, to George Frank Clifford Gibson and Josephine Jooste.
His sister Josephine Annie Vera Gibson, was at one time married to Nico Carstens. Gilbert himself had 3 children, Cheryl Yvonne Gibson (born 15 September 1952 and died 12 May 2012), Paul Llewellyn Gibson (born 11 August 1954) and Steven Campbell Gibson (born 25 May 1966).
Gibson passed away on 13 November, 2018.
Contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance
In 1960 he founded Sun Pacific Music as a subsidiary of Master Measure (Pty.) Ltd. with his good friend, songwriter and pianist Taffy Kikillus, publishing songs in Afrikaans and English, and also owned a Public Relations company called Reklama Publicity which was involved in the music and film industry. He also became what David Bussey and Arie van den Hulk have called "the ultimate raconteur and chronicler of the historical saga of Jim Reeves in South Africa". He later had a UK based agency called Aquarius Collection, which had seemingly originated while he was still in South Africa - the company was still mentioned in the Directory of Publishing 2011: United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland (p. 102), with Gibson listed as Managing Director.
He worked on the scripts for:
As an actor
Had small roles in
David Bussey and Arie van den Hulk. The Origins of a Suspect Tale from South Africa or It is unwise to cast aspersions on fan clubs. They have a habit of coming back to bite!, Jim Reeves Fan Club Website
Directory of Publishing 2011: United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. A&C Black, 2010
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