Ivor Kissin

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Ivor Kissin (b. Blythswood, Glasgow, 26/05/1930) was a restauranteur, property consultant and occasional actor.


In daily life Maurice Ivor Kissin was a property consultant and restauranteur, first in Johannesburg and then in Durban, where he ran a well-known restaurant called the Matador. He is also said to have developed Nine Holes (1972), a dice-based board game.


Ivor Kissin had some acting experience in his native Scotland as well as in England before he came to South Africa. He appeared in Sylvia Regan’s Morning Star for the Glasgow University Theatre in 1945 and, together with stage and film director-to-be Lindsay Anderson, was an extra in an amateur production of The Changeling produced by Tony Richardson for the Pegasus Theatre Society at Wyndham’s Theatre in 1954. In South Africa he appeared in Hamlet, directed by Norman Marshall for NAPAC in 1964.


His first known film appearance was as an uncredited telegraph boy in the Scottish The Gorbals Story (1949), while in South Africa he acted in The Man From the Ministry (Tom Meehan/1971), Cry Me a Teardrop (Keith G. van der Wat/1974), Spoor / Guns Across the Veldt (Howard Rennie/1975), Kill and Kill Again (Ivan Hall/1981) and in the television movie Along Came a Spider (Ralph Mogridge/1985), based on the play by Geraldine Aron. He also appeared in an episode of the German television series Dr. med. Mark Wedmann – Detektive inbegriffen (Alfredo Medori/1974).


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


The Weekend Property & Construction News, May 2004

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