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(1945-) Actor on stage, TV and film. Perhaps one of the most revered Afrikaans actors of his generation. Born in Johannesburg, ***. He is a nephew of [[Anton Ackermann]].
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'''Marius Weyers''' (1945-). Actor on stage, TV and film. Perhaps one of the most revered Afrikaans actors of his generation.  
  
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== Biography ==
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Marius was born in Johannesburg. He is a nephew of [[Anton Ackermann]]. He is married to [[Evette Weyers]].
  
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== Career ==
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In 1964 he relinquished his Legal Studies to join [[PACT]] (the [[Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal]]) as an Assistant Stage Manager. He soon landed a small role in an educational programme, and this led to other small parts with PACT's Educational Theatre Company. He then moved into the adult company. He was to have  an eleven year association with [[PACT]], during which time he performed in an average of six Theatre productions a year. In 1975 he left to turn freelance and for the following eight years he performed in independent theatre with [[Barney Simon]] and others (notably at the [[Market Theatre]], while gradually also working on a film and television career. He returned to [[PACT]] for a brief spell as Artistic Director for [[PACT]] Drama (1983-1986), and thereafter returned to work freelance, and for a number of years in the 1990s he divided his time between Hollywood and South Africa.
  
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==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
  
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=== Theatre ===
  
== Theatre ==
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His first lead for [[PACT]] was in the iconic play ''[[Ampie]]'' (Van Bruggen) but the role that set his career alight was that of in 1971 came his definitive interpretation of "Jakes" in  [[Francois Swart]]’s production of the celebrated box-office success, ''[[Siener in die Suburbs]]'' ([[P.G. du Plessis]]).
  
In 1964 he relinquished his Legal Studies to join [[PACT]] (the[[Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal]] as an Assistant Stage Manager. He soon landed a small role in an educational programme, and this led to other small parts with PACT's Educational Theatre Company. He then moved into the adult company, and his first lead was in the iconic play ''[[Ampie]]'' (Van Bruggen) but the role that set his career alightr was that of in 1971 came his definitive interpretation of "Jakes" in  [[Francois Swart]]’s production of the celebrated box-office success, ''[[Siener in die Suburbs]]'' ([[P.G. du Plessis]]). He was to have  an eleven year association with [[PACT]], during which time he performed in an average of six Theatre productions a year. In 1975 he left to turn freelance and for the following eight years he performed in independent theatre with [[Barney Simon]] and others (notably at the [[Market Theatre]], while gradually also working on a film and television career. He returned to [[PACT]] for a brief spell as Artistic Director for [[PACT]] Drama (1983-1986), and thereafter returned to work freelance, and for a number of years in the 1990s he divided his time between Hollywood and South Africa.
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=== Roles as actor on stage ===
  
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His first stage lead was the name role in ''[[Ampie]]'' the classic [[Jochem van Bruggen]] play and in 1971 came his definitive interpretation of “Jakes”in  [[Francois Swart]]’s production of ''[[Siener in die Suburbs]]'' ([[P.G. du Plessis]]).
  
=== Roles as actor===
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Leads in more than 130 plays followed, including for [[PACT]]: ''[[Hello and Goodbye]]'', an [[Afrikaans]] production of ''[[Othello]]'' (as “Iago”), ''[[The Crucible]]'' (as “Proctor”), ''[[Die Reënmaker]]'' (as “Starbuck”), ''[[Equus]]'' (as “Martin Dysart”), ''[[Othello]]'' (for [[KRUIK]] in 1977 as “Othello”), ''[[The Guest]]'', an [[Afrikaans]] production of ''[[Becket]]'' (as “Becket” in 1979) and in ''[[A Lesson from Aloes]]'' (as “Piet”), ''[[Die Seemeeu]]'', (19**), ''[[The Royal Hunt of the Sun]]'' (1981), ''[[Die Vasvat van 'n Feeks]]'' (''[[The Taming of the Shrew]]'', 1983), ''[[Die Trem se Naam: Begeerte]]'', an Afrikaans translation of [[Tennessee Williams]]’''[[A Streetcar Named Desire]]'' in May 1985, ''[[Emigrante|Die Emigrante]]'' (1986), ''[[Hamlet]]'' (in [[Afrikaans]], 1987), ''[[Hotel Paradiso]]'' (198*), (19**), ''[[Strider]]'' at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1987.
  
His first stage lead was the name role in ''[[Ampie]]'' the classic [[Jochem van Bruggen]] play and in 1971 came his definitive interpretation of “Jakes”in  [[Francois Swart]]’s production of ''[[Siener in die Suburbs]]'' ([[P.G. du Plessis]]). Leads in more than 130 plays followed, including for [[PACT]]: Performed in Hello and Goodbye, Othello (as “Lago”), The Crucible (as “Proctor”), Die Reënmaker (as “Starbuck”), Equus (as “Martin Dysart”), Othello (for Kruik in 1977 as “Othello”), The Guest, Becket (as “Becket”) and in A Lesson from Aloes (as “Piet”).  ''[[Die Seemeeu]]'', (19**), ''[[The Royal Hunt of the Sun]]'' (1981), ''[[Vasvat van ‘n Feeks]]'' (''[[Taming of a Shrew]]''), ''[[Begeerte]]'' (''[[Desire under the Elms]]''), ***. ****, ''[[Emigrante|Die Emigrante]]'' (1986), ''[[Hamlet]]'' (198*), [[Becket]] (198*), [[Othello]] (198*), [[Hotel Paradiso]] (198*), (19**),    *** [[Empire of the Sun]] ([[Shaffer]], 19**), **. For the [[Market Theatre]]: ''[[Die Vroue van Troje]]'' (“Women of Troy” - 1976), ''[[The Seagull]]'' (1976), ''[[A Lesson from Aloes]]'' ([[Athol Fugard]], 198*), ''[[Outers]]'' ([[Barney Simon]], 198*),  ''[[Making Like America]]'' ([[Paul Slabolepszy|Slabolepszy]], 198*) and [[Fordsburg’s Finest]] ([[Paul Slabolepszy|Slabolepszy]], 1998) . For [[Mannie Manim Productions]]: ''[[Valley Song]]'' ([[Athol Fugard]], 2000?) and for the [[Baxter Theatre Centre]]: ''[[Sorrows and Rejoicings]]'' ([[Athol Fugard]], 2001), ''[[Oom Vanya]]/[[Uncle Vanya]]'' (2004- [[Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]] for Best Leading Actor), ''[[Twaalfde Nag]]'' (2005), ''[[Begeerte]]'' ([[Eugene O'Neill]]’s ''[[Desire under the Elms]]'', [[Baxter Theatre]]  and [[KKNK]] 2006), ''[[Lang Dagreis na die Nag]]'' ([[KKNK]] and [[Rys, Vleis en Aartappels]], 2008) .  
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He played Menelaus in ''[[The Trojan Women|Vroue van Troje]]'' for [[The Company]] in 1977.  
  
One-man shows include [[Kafka]]’s ''[[Report to an Academy]]'' (translated and directed by [[Mario Schiess]] 1980 onwards, [[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]] 1980) and ''[[Weyers]]'' ([[Chris Vorster]], 2000), and ''[[Bal en Klou]]'' (with author [[Chris Vorster]], 2001).  
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He starred in Peter Shaffer’s ''[[The Royal Hunt of the Sun]]'', directed by [[Leonard Schach]] and in [[N.P. van Wyk Louw]]’s ''[[Germanicus]]'', staged during the opening season of the [[Pretoria State Theatre]] in 1981.
  
Together with [[Sandra Prinsloo]] he won best Afrikaans actor/ress awards for his role in [[P.G.Du Plessis]]’ ''[[Siener in die Suburbs]]'' which was staged by [[PACT]] in 1971. It was directed by [[François Swart]]. He starred in [[Barney Simon]]’s production of [[Arthur Miller]]’s ''[[The Crucible]]'' for [[PACT]] together with [[Patrick Mynhardt]], [[Michael McCabe]], [[Aletta Bezuidenhout]] and [[Michele Maxwell]] in 1975. He starred in [[François Swart]]’s Afrikaans production of ''[[Othello]]'' for [[PACT]] with [[Sandra Prinsloo]] and [[Louis van Niekerk]] in 1975. He starred in [[Barney Simon]]’s production of [[Chekhov]]’s ''[[The Seagull]]'' at [[Upstairs at the Market]] in June 1976 with [[Vanessa Cooke]], [[Sandra Prinsloo]], [[Erica Rogers]], [[Bill Brewer]], [[Danny Keogh]], [[Lindsay Reardon]] and [[Bess Finney]]. He starred in [[Athol Fugard]]’s ''[[A Lesson from Aloes]]'', directed by and starring [[Fugard]], together with [[Shelagh Holliday]] at [[The Market Theatre]] in November 1978. He starred in ''[[Report to an Academy]]'', which [[Mario Schiess]] translated (from [[Kafka]]’s German) and directed, at [[The Laager]] in 1979. He starred in a translation of [[Becket]] for [[PACT]] in 1979. He starred in ''[[A Lesson from Aloes]]'' together with [[Shelagh Holliday]] and [[Bill Curry]] at [[Upstairs at the Market]] in 1980. It was directed by [[Ross Devenish]]. He won the DALRO best actor award in both the English and Afrikaans categories for ''[[Report to an Academy]]'' and ''[[Becket]]''. He starred in [[Peter Shaffer]]’s ''[[The Royal Hunt of the Sun]]'', directed by [[Leonard Schach]] together with [[Keith Grenville]], [[Michael McCabe]], [[David Horner]], [[Patrick Mynhardt]] and [[Bill Flynn]]. It was staged during the opening season of the [[Pretoria State Theatre]] in 1981. He starred in [[N.P.van Wyk Louw]]’s ''[[Germanicus]]'' which formed part of the opening season of the [[Pretoria State Theatre]] in 1981. He starred in [[William Egan]]’s production of an Afrikaans translation of ''[[The Taming of the Shrew]]'' called ''[[Die Vasvat van ‘n Feeks]]'' together with [[Sandra Prinsloo]] for [[PACT]] at the [[Pretoria State Theatre]] in February 1983 which then went to the [[Alexander]] in March. He starred in [[Paul Slabolepszy]]’s ''[[Making Like America]]'' together with Paul, [[Nicky Rebelo]] and [[Lida Meiring]] under [[Bobby Heaney]]’s direction at the [[Market]] in December 1986. He starred in [[Bobby Heaney]]’s production of ''[[Die Trem se Naam: Begeerte]]'', an Afrikaans translation of [[Tennessee Williams]]’''[[A Streetcar Named Desire]]'' together with [[Brumilda van Rensburg]] for [[TRUK]] in May 1985. He starred in [[PACT]]’s production of [[Mark Rozovsky]]’s ''[[Strider]]'' at the [[Alexander]] in 1987. He starred in an Afrikaans translation of ''[[Hamlet]]'' for [[TRUK]] at the [[State Theatre]] and the [[Roodepoort Civic]] in 1987. ''[[Report to an Academy]]'', ''[[Vasvat van 'n Feeks]]'' met  [[William Egan]] (Dir) [[Sandra Prinsloo]] ,''[[Sorrows and Rejoicings]]'', 2001.[[Baxter]]. ''[[Op soek na generaal Mannetjies Mentz]]'' ([[Aardklop]], 1999),
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For the [[Market Theatre]]: ''[[Die Vroue van Troje]]'' (“Women of Troy” - 1976), ''[[The Seagull]]'' (1976), ''[[A Lesson from Aloes]]'' ([[Athol Fugard]], 1978 and 1980), ''[[Outers]]'' ([[Barney Simon]], 198*),  ''[[Making Like America]]'' ([[Paul Slabolepszy|Slabolepszy]], 1986) and ''[[Fordsburg's Finest]]'' ([[Paul Slabolepszy|Slabolepszy]], 1998).
  
=== Directing ===
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For [[Mannie Manim Productions]]: ''[[Valley Song]]'' ([[Athol Fugard]], 2000?) and for the [[Baxter Theatre Centre]]: ''[[Sorrows and Rejoicings]]'' ([[Athol Fugard]], 2001), ''[[Oom Wanja]]/[[Uncle Vanya]]'' (2004- [[Fleur du Cap]] for Best Leading Actor), ''[[Twaalfde Nag]]'' (2005), ''[[Begeerte]]'' ([[Eugene O'Neill]]’s ''[[Desire under the Elms]]'' ([[Baxter Theatre]]  and [[KKNK]] 2006), ''[[Lang Dagreis na die Nag]]'' ([[KKNK]] and [[Vleis, Rys en Aartappels]], 2008) .
  
During his brief stint as Creative Director at [[PACT]] he directed a superb version of [[Elsa Joubert]]’s ''[[Poppie Nongena]]'', which also toured townships.  He made his directorial debut with [[PACT]]’s revival of ''[[Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena]]'' starring [[Nomsa Nene]] in August 1983 at the [[State Theatre]] and then the [[Alexander Theatre]]. In 1984 [[Nomsa Nene]] starred in his production of the English version of this play at the [[Market Theatre]].
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One-man shows include Kafka’s ''[[Report to an Academy]]'' (translated and directed by [[Mario Schiess]] at [[The Laager]] in 1979 and 1980 onwards, and ''[[Weyers]]'' ([[Chris Vorster]], 2000), and ''[[Bal en Klou]]'' (with author [[Chris Vorster]], 2001).
  
== Film ==
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Other productions include ''[[Generaal Mannetjies Mentz]]'' ([[Aardklop]],  1999), ''[[Sorrows and Rejoicings]]'', ( [[Baxter Theatre]], 2001), ''[[The Father]]'' by Florian Zeller ([[Fugard Theatre]], 2016).
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=== Stage directing ===
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He made his directorial debut with [[PACT]]’s revival of ''[[Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena]]'' starring [[Nomsa Nene]] in August 1983 at the [[State Theatre]] and then the [[Alexander Theatre]]. In 1984 [[Nomsa Nene]] starred in his production of the English version of this play at the [[Market Theatre]].
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=== Film ===
  
 
His film career can be said to have begun when he obtained an 8mm camera. His interest, however, was not in performing but rather directing and it was horror genre movies that initially inspired the young artist.  
 
His film career can be said to have begun when he obtained an 8mm camera. His interest, however, was not in performing but rather directing and it was horror genre movies that initially inspired the young artist.  
  
Films include ''The Gods Must be Crazy ''(Jamie Uys, 19**),  ''Paljas'' (Katinka Heyns ***, 19**) ''[[Tigers Don't Cry]]'' (***, 19**), ''The Guest'' (Ross Devenish, 19**), ''Deep Star Six ''(***, 19**), ''Bopha!'' (***, 19**), ''Ghandi'' (Attenborough, 199*), ''The Power of One'' (199*), ''Farewell to the King'' (199*), ''Stander'' (199*), ''Red Dust'' (200*). In 1983 he received a surprise telephone call from Roman Polanski who had seen, and loved, ''THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY''. The Polish director flew him to Paris two days later for rehearsals and then fought a long and hard battle to cast Marius as "Captain Red" a role that later went to Walter Matthau in ''PIRATES''. The part was originally written for Jack Nicholson. "Pure Blood" is proud to have cast Marius in the pivotal role of the General.  
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Films include ''The Gods Must be Crazy'' ([[Jamie Uys]], 19**),  ''Paljas'' ([[Katinka Heyns]] ***, 19**) ''Tigers Don't Cry'' (***, 19**), ''The Guest'' (Ross Devenish, 19**), ''Deep Star Six ''(***, 19**), ''Bopha!'' (***, 19**), ''Ghandi'' (Attenborough, 199*), ''The Power of One'' (199*), ''Farewell to the King'' (199*), ''Stander'' (199*), ''Red Dust'' (200*).  
  
over 35 motion pictures most notably the huge box-office hit ''THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY'', for which he garnered the "Best Comedy Actor" Award at the Charles Chaplin Festival in Switzerland. He earned his recognition as an international actor this performance, and became a member of SAG. His most notable international feature credits include Richard Attenborough's ''GHANDI'', ''FAREWELL TO THE KING'' (directed by John Milius and starring Nick Nolte), ''BHOPA'' (directed by Morgan Freeman and starring Danny Glover) and John Avildson's ''THE POWER OF ONE'' as well as his international feature debut in ''TIGERS DON'T CRY'' with Anthony Quinn.  
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In 1983 he received a surprise telephone call from Roman Polanski who had seen, and loved, ''The Gods Must be Crazy''. The Polish director flew him to Paris two days later for rehearsals and then fought a long and hard battle to cast Marius as "Captain Red" a role that later went to Walter Matthau in ''Pirates''. The part was originally written for Jack Nicholson. "Pure Blood" is proud to have cast Marius in the pivotal role of the General.  
  
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He has appeared in over 35 motion pictures most notably the huge box-office hit ''The Gods Must be Crazy'', for which he garnered the "Best Comedy Actor" Award at the Charles Chaplin Festival in Switzerland. He earned his recognition as an international actor with this performance, and became a member of SAG. His most notable international feature credits include Richard Attenborough's ''Ghandi'', ''Farewell to the King' (directed by John Milius and starring Nick Nolte), ''Bhopa'' (directed by Morgan Freeman and starring Danny Glover) and John Avildson's ''The Power of One'' as well as his international feature debut in 'Tigers Don’t Cry'' with Anthony Quinn.
  
== Television ==
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=== Television ===
  
 
 
Television performances include Die *** Faktor (SABC, ??, 19**); ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'',  ''Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond'' [“Underneath the Devil dances”] (Katinka Heyns, 1999 & 2001); ''Tekwan, The Golden Girls'' (**. 19**), ''Nurses'' (***, 19**), ''Good and Evil, Designing Women'', ''[[Sewende Laan]]''.
 
Television performances include Die *** Faktor (SABC, ??, 19**); ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'',  ''Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond'' [“Underneath the Devil dances”] (Katinka Heyns, 1999 & 2001); ''Tekwan, The Golden Girls'' (**. 19**), ''Nurses'' (***, 19**), ''Good and Evil, Designing Women'', ''[[Sewende Laan]]''.
  
 
== Awards ==
 
== Awards ==
  
Awards include 13 best actor awards for theatre, 3 for film roles and the Medal of Honour for his contribution to theatre from the [[SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns]].  Best Actor awards in 1971 and 1972, winner of a Three-leaf award in 1972. Best Actor Awards, including those for his one man show ''[[Report to an academy]]''(Kafka) which won international critical acclaim and enjoyed successful runs in Edinburgh, Israel and Los Angeles. He is also the recipient of "The Medal of Honour from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences" for contribution to Theatre.
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Awards include 13 Best Actor awards for theatre, including those for his one man show ''[[Report to an Academy]]'' (Kafka) which won international critical acclaim and enjoyed successful runs in Edinburgh, Israel and Los Angeles, 3 for film roles and the Medal of Honour for his contribution to theatre from the [[Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns]].  
  
Steward Leith Award.
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Together with [[Sandra Prinsloo]] he won best Afrikaans actor/ress awards for his role in [[P.G. du Plessis]]s’ ''[[Siener in die Suburbs]]'' which was staged by [[PACT]] in 1971.
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He also won the [[Stuart Leith Trophy]].
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He won the [[DALRO]] best actor award in both the English and Afrikaans categories for ''[[Report to an Academy]]'' and ''[[Becket]]''.
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
  
Tucker, 1997
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[[ESAT Bibliography Tra-Tz|Tucker]], 1997.
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[[SACD]] 1973; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1979/80.
  
(SACD 1973) (SACD 1977/78) (SACD 1978/79) (SACD1979/80)
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Various entries in the [[NELM]] catalogue.
  
 
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Marius Weyers (1945-). Actor on stage, TV and film. Perhaps one of the most revered Afrikaans actors of his generation.

Biography

Marius was born in Johannesburg. He is a nephew of Anton Ackermann. He is married to Evette Weyers.

Career

In 1964 he relinquished his Legal Studies to join PACT (the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal) as an Assistant Stage Manager. He soon landed a small role in an educational programme, and this led to other small parts with PACT's Educational Theatre Company. He then moved into the adult company. He was to have an eleven year association with PACT, during which time he performed in an average of six Theatre productions a year. In 1975 he left to turn freelance and for the following eight years he performed in independent theatre with Barney Simon and others (notably at the Market Theatre, while gradually also working on a film and television career. He returned to PACT for a brief spell as Artistic Director for PACT Drama (1983-1986), and thereafter returned to work freelance, and for a number of years in the 1990s he divided his time between Hollywood and South Africa.

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

Theatre

His first lead for PACT was in the iconic play Ampie (Van Bruggen) but the role that set his career alight was that of in 1971 came his definitive interpretation of "Jakes" in Francois Swart’s production of the celebrated box-office success, Siener in die Suburbs (P.G. du Plessis).

Roles as actor on stage

His first stage lead was the name role in Ampie the classic Jochem van Bruggen play and in 1971 came his definitive interpretation of “Jakes”in Francois Swart’s production of Siener in die Suburbs (P.G. du Plessis).

Leads in more than 130 plays followed, including for PACT: Hello and Goodbye, an Afrikaans production of Othello (as “Iago”), The Crucible (as “Proctor”), Die Reënmaker (as “Starbuck”), Equus (as “Martin Dysart”), Othello (for KRUIK in 1977 as “Othello”), The Guest, an Afrikaans production of Becket (as “Becket” in 1979) and in A Lesson from Aloes (as “Piet”), Die Seemeeu, (19**), The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1981), Die Vasvat van 'n Feeks (The Taming of the Shrew, 1983), Die Trem se Naam: Begeerte, an Afrikaans translation of Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire in May 1985, Die Emigrante (1986), Hamlet (in Afrikaans, 1987), Hotel Paradiso (198*), (19**), Strider at the Alexander Theatre in 1987.

He played Menelaus in Vroue van Troje for The Company in 1977.

He starred in Peter Shaffer’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun, directed by Leonard Schach and in N.P. van Wyk Louw’s Germanicus, staged during the opening season of the Pretoria State Theatre in 1981.

For the Market Theatre: Die Vroue van Troje (“Women of Troy” - 1976), The Seagull (1976), A Lesson from Aloes (Athol Fugard, 1978 and 1980), Outers (Barney Simon, 198*), Making Like America (Slabolepszy, 1986) and Fordsburg's Finest (Slabolepszy, 1998).

For Mannie Manim Productions: Valley Song (Athol Fugard, 2000?) and for the Baxter Theatre Centre: Sorrows and Rejoicings (Athol Fugard, 2001), Oom Wanja/Uncle Vanya (2004- Fleur du Cap for Best Leading Actor), Twaalfde Nag (2005), Begeerte (Eugene O'Neill’s Desire under the Elms (Baxter Theatre and KKNK 2006), Lang Dagreis na die Nag (KKNK and Vleis, Rys en Aartappels, 2008) .

One-man shows include Kafka’s Report to an Academy (translated and directed by Mario Schiess at The Laager in 1979 and 1980 onwards, and Weyers (Chris Vorster, 2000), and Bal en Klou (with author Chris Vorster, 2001).

Other productions include Generaal Mannetjies Mentz (Aardklop, 1999), Sorrows and Rejoicings, ( Baxter Theatre, 2001), The Father by Florian Zeller (Fugard Theatre, 2016).

Stage directing

He made his directorial debut with PACT’s revival of Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena starring Nomsa Nene in August 1983 at the State Theatre and then the Alexander Theatre. In 1984 Nomsa Nene starred in his production of the English version of this play at the Market Theatre.

Film

His film career can be said to have begun when he obtained an 8mm camera. His interest, however, was not in performing but rather directing and it was horror genre movies that initially inspired the young artist.

Films include The Gods Must be Crazy (Jamie Uys, 19**), Paljas (Katinka Heyns ***, 19**) Tigers Don't Cry (***, 19**), The Guest (Ross Devenish, 19**), Deep Star Six (***, 19**), Bopha! (***, 19**), Ghandi (Attenborough, 199*), The Power of One (199*), Farewell to the King (199*), Stander (199*), Red Dust (200*).

In 1983 he received a surprise telephone call from Roman Polanski who had seen, and loved, The Gods Must be Crazy. The Polish director flew him to Paris two days later for rehearsals and then fought a long and hard battle to cast Marius as "Captain Red" a role that later went to Walter Matthau in Pirates. The part was originally written for Jack Nicholson. "Pure Blood" is proud to have cast Marius in the pivotal role of the General.

He has appeared in over 35 motion pictures most notably the huge box-office hit The Gods Must be Crazy, for which he garnered the "Best Comedy Actor" Award at the Charles Chaplin Festival in Switzerland. He earned his recognition as an international actor with this performance, and became a member of SAG. His most notable international feature credits include Richard Attenborough's Ghandi, Farewell to the King' (directed by John Milius and starring Nick Nolte), Bhopa (directed by Morgan Freeman and starring Danny Glover) and John Avildson's The Power of One as well as his international feature debut in 'Tigers Don’t Cry with Anthony Quinn.

Television

Television performances include Die *** Faktor (SABC, ??, 19**); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond [“Underneath the Devil dances”] (Katinka Heyns, 1999 & 2001); Tekwan, The Golden Girls (**. 19**), Nurses (***, 19**), Good and Evil, Designing Women, Sewende Laan.

Awards

Awards include 13 Best Actor awards for theatre, including those for his one man show Report to an Academy (Kafka) which won international critical acclaim and enjoyed successful runs in Edinburgh, Israel and Los Angeles, 3 for film roles and the Medal of Honour for his contribution to theatre from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.

Together with Sandra Prinsloo he won best Afrikaans actor/ress awards for his role in P.G. du PlessissSiener in die Suburbs which was staged by PACT in 1971.

He also won the Stuart Leith Trophy.

He won the DALRO best actor award in both the English and Afrikaans categories for Report to an Academy and Becket.

Sources

Tucker, 1997.

SACD 1973; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1979/80.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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