He was born Cedric Joseph Lange in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 20 1918. There were theatrical connections on both sides of his family: his father was a South African matinee idol who went under the name Douglas Drew; Cedric's Irish-born mother, June, was the third generation of an acting family. But the stresses of life on tour led to the marriage being dissolved. June and her two-year-old son went to Britain when she married John Moore, a wealthy Yorkshire wool merchant, who raised Cedric. Schooled at Harrow, and after some time in his step-father's factory.
He was married three times, his second wife being the actress Joan Heal, with whom he had a daughter, the actress Belinda Lang. He died in 2002, aged 83.
He studied drama at RADA (changing his name to Jeremy Hawk) .
In Britain he made a name for himself as a character actor with a long career in music halls and on London's West End, as well as on TV and in film.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
He returned to South Africa over the years to star in a number of local productions, including The Secretary Bird which was staged by Shirley Firth, Pieter Toerien and Basil Rubin at the Intimate Theatre in 1969. He starred in the Toerien-Firth Company production Don't Start Without Me, directed by Roger Redfarn in 1971. Toerien-Firth Company brought him and Elspeth March to star in The Pay-Off at the Intimate Theatre in 1975. He starred in Sextet by Michael Pertwee at the André Huguenet Theatre in 1979.
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