Tromp Terre'Blanche

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Tromp Terre’Blanche (b. Port Elizabeth, 22/08/1928 – d. Johannesburg, 26/09/1984) was an actor. Also credited as Tromp Terre’blanche, Tromp Terreblanche, Tromp Terréblanche and Tromp Terreblanché.


Tromp Etienne Terblanche was born in Port Elizabeth, the only child of Peter James Garfield Terblanche, a farmer in the Mossel Bay district, and his wife Millicent Louisa Bruns. As a child he already had a love for drama and music and after his parents’ move to Kroonstad in what was then the Orange Free State, he began to have lessons in elocution and song. From the age of sixteen he began to take part in competitions and obtained a number of diplomas. As an amateur he was one of the founder members of the Kroonstadse Teatergroep. Subsequently he was asked to join the National Theatre Organisation and appeared in Die Vrek (1951), an Afrikaans translation of Molière’s L'Avare, and As Ons Twee Eers Getroud Is! (1952) by Gerhard J. Beukes. Also appearing in Die Vrek was Isabel Pienaar, who was to become his wife. By this time he had adapted his surname to Terre’Blanche. From the early 1960s onwards he concentrated primarily on film roles and later also featured frequently on television. He worked with most of the prominent directors and became one of the industry’s most sought-after character actors. He is also known to have done extensive radio work, including the popular police drama series Squad Cars. He and Isabel were divorced in 1974. South African Idols finalist and musician Jacques Terre’Blanche is their grandson.



50-50 (Jamie Uys/1953), Voor Sononder (Emil Nofal/1962), Lord Oom Piet (Jamie Uys/1962), Kimberley Jim (Emil Nofal/1963), King Hendrik (Emil Nofal/1965), The Second Sin (David Millin/1966), Escape Route Cape Town / The Cape Town Affair (uncredited) (Robert D. Webb/1967), Die Kandidaat (Jans Rautenbach/1968), Majuba: Heuwel van Duiwe / Majuba: Hill of Doves (David Millin/1968), Strangers at Sunrise (Percival Rubens/1969), Staal Burger (Daan Retief/1969), Scotty Smith (Peter Henkel/1969), Satan’s Harvest (Douglas K. Stone/1970), Sien Jou Môre (Elmo de Witt/1970), Pressure Burst (uncredited) (George Canes/1970), Marmerpoel (Judex C. Viljoen/1972), Pikkie (Sias Odendaal/1972), Lokval in Venesië (Ivan Hall/1972), Die Bankrower (Manie van Rensburg/1973), Die Wit Sluier (Dirk de Villiers/1973), Groetnis vir die Eerste Minister (Bertrand Retief/1973), Môre, Môre (Elmo de Witt/1973), Die Voortrekkers (David Millin/1973), Pens en Pootjies (Dirk de Villiers & Joe Stewardson/1974), Geluksdal (Manie van Rensburg/1974), Hank, Hennery en Vriend (Bertrand Retief/1976), Dr. Marius Hugo (Tim Spring/1978), Bosveld Hotel… die Moewie (Fred Nel/1982), Skollie (Ivan Hall/1984).


Diamantendetektiv Dick Donald (German TV series) (Episode: Ein Mann wird gejagt) (Jürgen Goslar/1971), Die Dubbele Alibi (TV movie) (Fred Nel/1975), Gazette (TV series) (Jan Scholtz/1981), Klagstaat (Episode 4: Die Medepligtiges) (TV series) (Franz Marx/1981), Vyfster (TV series) (Regardt van den Bergh/1982), The Skull (TV movie) (Carl Fischer/1983), Danie Theron (TV movie) (Fred Nel/1983), Koöperasiestories (TV series) (Episode: Doepa) (Koos Roets/1983), Die Rooi Komplot (TV series) (Regardt van den Bergh/1983), Herberg (TV series) (Fred Nel/1983), Het van Verlangekraal (TV series) (Fred Nel/1984), Die Dood van Elmien Adler (TV series) (Regardt van den Bergh/1984), Laat Vrugte (TV movie) (Koos Roets/1984), Getting in on the Act (TV training series) (Tiny Laubscher/1984), Witgoud (TV series) (George Canes/1985), Kampus (TV series) (Etienne Puren/1985).


Die Vrek programme notes, 1951.

Helikon, 2(8):82. 1952.

Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm (1982)

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