Joe Stewardson (1927-1997) Actor on stage and film, radio personality.
He was born in Southport, Lancashire. He skipped the Royal Navy when his ship called at Simon’s Town. He married Diane Appleby in 1973.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
He came to South Africa in 1947. He played in some N.T.O productions but his acting career really took off when he moved to Johannesburg in 1960.
He appeared in his first play Rose Without a Thorn at the Labia Theatre in 1949. He appeared in A Taste of Honey in Johannesburg and in plays such as The Prisoner (1961) and The Judge (NTO 1961). He starred in The Amorous Prawn in September 1961. He alsostarred in Saul Levitt’s The Andersonville Trial, Amelia's African Adventure (1962).
Other productions include The King of Diamonds, Twelve Angry Men, The Father (CAPAB 1969), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men, The Caucasian Chalk Circle ( as Azdak the judge 1965), The Runner Stumbles, Everything in the Garden, Write Me a Murder, The Red Silk Umbrella (1962), Taxi!, Faith Healer (Market Theatre).
PACT production Hamlet at the Civic Theatre in 1964. The Lion in Winter which was staged at the Alexander Theatre in 1967. King Lear, directed by Robert Mohr for PACT at the Alexander Theatre in 1969.
Film and TV work
He has appeared in many feature films and TV series, e.g. The Winners (. My Way (1973) Wild Season (1967), Katrina (1969), Target of an Assassin (1976),My Way II (1977), Flatfoot in Africa (1978), Circles in a Forest (1990) Act of Piracy (1990)
He won the Stuart Leith Trophy for Best Actor three times.
Obituary, Sunday Times, 26 January 1997.
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