Neels Coetzee. (1943-) Actor on stage, radio, TV and screen.
Studied at the University of Pretoria Drama Department (graduating in 1967). == Career == In 1968 he joined PACOFS as actor, staying till 1974. In this time he was a member of Jannie Gildenhuys's Werkteatergroep which performed several classics and Shakespeare works between 1971 and 1973. In 1975 he moved to the Cape to become a member of the CAPAB company till the demise of the company in 1996, after which he became a freelance actor, based in Cape Town.
For them he did Die Joiner, Kyk Hoe Hol Hulle, Ons Hou Konsert II, Skelmpie Kom Vanaand, Razumov,, Ek, Anna van Wyk (1984), Going Under (1984), Anatomie Titus Fall of Rome (1986), Don Juan by Max Frisch, directed by Mavis Taylor, Quartet (1988), Plautus's Die Tou (1992), Nag, Moeder van die Dag (1991), Mirakel (1994), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1995), Elizabeth as Grosslady, The Taming of the Shrew (1996), Drie Susters Twee (Reza de Wet, 1997), Travesties, The Visit and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore .
Since the disbanding of the PAC’s he has been in demand as senior actor by smaller independent productions, doing ***, Wynland (Jan Ellis, 2001), Koggelmanderman (Pieter Fourie, 2003), Vrededorp by Charles Fourie (KKNK, 2005), Die Lewe is Alleen Draaglik as ‘n Mens ‘n Bietjie Dronk is , Altyd Jonker , Die Storm (2007), Ella se Perde , Die Koggelaar, Ons vir Jou (2008, 2009).
Radio, television and film
Besides doing extensive voice work and acting for radio, he has appeared in many television plays and series, including Meester, Arende, The Game, Tropical Heat, Egoli, Isidingo, Generations, Binnelanders , Jacob's Cross, Snitch and 7de Laan.
Nominated for a Three Leaf Award for his role as Dionysos in Die Paddas by Aristophanes. Received the Port Elizabeth Evening Post Award for the role of Marius Byleveld in The Road to Mecca (1990) and was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Best Actor Award in 1992 for his role as the father in Nag, Moeder van die Dag.
He won the Fleur du Cap Best Actor Award in 1993 for his role in Die Tou.
A Midsummer Night's Dream programme notes in 1995 at Maynardville.
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