Ronald Wallace

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Ronald Wallace (1929-1986). Actor.


Ronald Wallace was born on May 12, 1929 in South Africa.

He started out at the East Rand Theatre Club, apparently also acting for the Johannesburg Repertory Society in Colombe, then - circa 1954 - went to Britain, where he acted for six years inter alia working at the Memorial Theatre at Stratford for two years, doing repertory work all over England and appearing in BBC radio plays and as an announcer for over a year.

He returned to South Africa to continue his career, working for PACT as well as the Academy Theatre and the Alexander Theatre.

He died on August 1, 1986 in South Africa.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

On his return to South Africa he acted in The Amorous Prawn for the Alexander Theatre in 1961, going on to build a substantial career as professional actor in South Africa, working for the newly founded Performing Arts Councils as well as other amateur and professional companies.

His many performances over the years included appearances in Beyond the Fringe, Guilty Party, Long Day's Journey into Night (for NAPAC), Saturday, Sunday, Monday (for NAPAC), Dracula (for NAPAC) and in Hamlet (for PACT, as the Player King), David Bloomberg's production of Private Lives in Cape Town, Rookery Nook, Ring Round the Moon (PACT 1964), The Fantasticks, Fallen Angels (CAPAB 1982).

Other productions include After the Fall, The Beaux' Stratagem', The Affair, The Cocktail Party, The Crucible, The Devils, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Rashomon, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Romeo and Jeanette, The Winslow Boy, Uproar in the House, Say Who You Are, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Playboy of the Western World, A Sleep of Prisoners, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and Everything in the Garden.

He has appeared in many films, among others One Away with Elke Sommer, released in 1976 and in the TV series Die Mannheim-Sage (1986).

Awards, etc


Tucker, 1997. 24, 212.

SACD 1974; 1977/78; 1978/79.

The Alexander Theatre's programme for The Amorous Prawn in September 1961, edition nr. 154.

Ring Round the Moon programme notes, 1964.

IMDb [1].

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