Sam Phillips

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Sam Phillips (1948-2021) was a singer, dancer and actor.


This article from Eyewitness News, 16 January, 2021[1] - TO BE ADDED

JOHANNESBURG - South African actor Sam Phillips has died at the age of 72.

The news was confirmed by his agency Gaenor Artiste Management.

It’s understood Phillips who graced South African TV screens for decades long died during the early hours of this morning.

His agency remembered him as a revered actor, director, producer, writer, and music composer who featured in well-known productions including Phamokate, Backstage, Soul City, The Wild, and Isibaya.

He has also featured in international plays like Athol Fugard's Master Herold and The Boys in New Orleans.

This is another blow to South Africa’s entertainment industry – just this week the same agency confirmed the passing of South African film and television award-winning actress Lindiwe Ndlovu who died at the age of 45.

Sam Phillips died on 16 January, 2021, at the age of 72.

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

He worked at The Space in the 1970s, acting in The First South African, The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria, Lysistrata S.A. and The Sacrifice of Kreli.

He had a role in Dark Voices Ring at The People's Space Theatre in October 1979.

He appeared in Separate Development in 1980.

He had a role in the short film Senzeni na?, nominated for a Oscar in 1991, and appeared as "Themba" in The Caretaker (written by Thulani Mkhize, 1999).


Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Sunday Times, 15 February 1991.

The Sowetan, 15 June 1999.

Photograph held by NELM (Dark Voices Ring): [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 21. 11.

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