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[[Willem de la Querra]](19**-) was a stage and film actor, theatre manager, technician and administrator. He was also a painter, author and poet.  
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'''Willem de la Querra''' (1922-1992) (sometimes credited as '''Willem de la Guerre''') was a stage and film actor, theatre manager, technician and administrator. He was also a painter, author and poet.  
  
 
== Biography ==
 
== Biography ==
  
Born and raised in George, he becamed enamoured with theatre and performance as a young boy when [[Pagel's Circus]] came to town, and he volunteered his services as a helper. He was fascinated by the performances of the clowns, and the spellbinding atmosphere of the performance.
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Born Joseph William Cybert de la Querra on 15 September 15, 1922, one of 8 children, and raised in George.   He married Catharina Gezina Burger and the couple had five children, including [[Billy de la Querra]] and [[Carin de la Querra]].
 
 
He was married and had 5 children, including [[Billy de la Querra]] and [[Carin de la Querra]].
 
 
 
== Career ==
 
 
 
He became a professional actor in 1945. At first he toured with the [[Johan Fourie]] Company, then in the early 50's he founded his own [[Koffiehuis]] touring company, playing in the Cape Province and South West Africa. For these shows he created the character of "Vaalwillem", an unkempt individual, in need of a haircut and decent clothes, and his wife, "Meraai", sharing their larger than life experiences with audiences.
 
 
 
At the age of 30, when his first child was on its way, he dissolved his company, to find a
 
more 'stable' job as signwriter and later secretary to the Drama Department of the University of Stellenbosch. Employed as the Secretary, he was also the set builder and promotions man for the department.
 
 
 
Sign Writer: I remember as a 5 year old, doing many “Fish & Chips' shops signs; him on
 
the ladder painting the signs, and me going up and down fetching terps & paint.
 
Set Builder: We (I was about 12 years old)
 
His performance, as an actor got him noticed by [[CAPAB]], and led to a full time job as actor.
 
 
 
My sisters and I were tasked with binding the program booklets, walking the streets; me
 
with placards front & back, & my older sister, Carin, ringing a bell!
 
Painter: A man from George, he loved painting Aloes, which is endemic to the region.
 
An Author, a poet.
 
with the Drama Department at the University of Stellenbosch.
 
 
 
In the
 
 
 
and later with the [[NTO]]. He started his own company in 1950. From 1965 to 1979 he was a permanent member of [[CAPAB]] Drama.  
 
  
 
==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
 
==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
  
As set builder and technician, he built the set for the [[Shirley Ehlers]] and [[Johan van Jaarsvelt]] production of ''[[Lobola vir die Lewe]]'', also acting in the play, which got him noticed by [[CAPAB]], and led to a full time job as actor.
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He becamed enamoured with theatre and performance as a young boy when [[Pagel's Circus]] came to town, and he volunteered his services as a helper. He was fascinated by the performances of the clowns, and the spellbinding atmosphere of the performance.
  
In 1976 he was cast as "Faan" in [[Pieter Fourie]]'s ''[[Faan se Trein]]'' (1976) and again in ''[[Faan se Stasie]]'' (198*), a role he would play on and off for five years.  
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In 1945 he became a professional actor. At first he toured with the [[Johan Fourie-toneelgeselskap]],  then in the early 50's he founded his own [[Koffiehuis]] touring company, playing in the Cape Province and South West Africa. For these shows he created the character of "Vaalwillem", an unkempt individual, in need of a haircut and decent clothes, and his wife, "Meraai", sharing their larger than life experiences with audiences.  
  
Other highlights were roles in ''[['n Seder val in Waterkloof]]'', ''[[Die Paddas]]'', ''[[Othello]]'', ''[[Mooi Maria]]'' and ''[[Die Geldpot]]''.
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In 1952, the age of 30, with his first child on its way, he dissolved his company, to find a
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more "stable" job as signwriter.  
  
As film actor he appeared in  ''[[King Hendrik]]'' ([[Emil Nofal]]/1965) and ''[[Kootjie Emmer]]'' ([[Koos Roets]]/1977) and, for television, ''[[Die Koster]]'', ([[Stephan Bouwer]]/1985).  
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In the early 1960s he was appointed secretary, publicist and set-builder for the Drama Department of the [[University of Stellenbosch]]. Besides apparently appearing in Departmental productions as actor (e.g. in ''[[Die Boesman Venus]]'', 1964), hefrom time to time also built sets and performed in plays put on by the [[Libertas Teater]] in Stellenbosch.  
  
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One play he worked on was the [[Shirley Ehlers]] and [[Johan van Jaarsveld]] production of ''[[Lobola vir die Lewe]]'', and this apparently got him noticed by [[CAPAB]], which led to a full time job as actor (from 1965 to 1979).
  
== Awards, etc ==
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He was largely a character actor and often a bit-part player, and among the highlights with [[CAPAB]] were roles in ''[[Die Loodswaaiers]]'', ''[['n Seder val in Waterkloof]]'', ''[[Die Paddas]]'', ''[[Othello]]'', ''[[Mooi Maria]]'' and ''[[Die Geldpot]]''.
  
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In 1976 however he was cast in the lead role of "Faan" in [[Pieter Fourie]]'s ''[[Faan se Trein]]'' (1975) and again in ''[[Faan se Stasie]]'' (1976), a role he would play on and off for the next five years and made him famous.
  
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As a film actor he appeared in  ''[[King Hendrik]]'' ([[Emil Nofal]]/1965) and ''[[Kootjie Emmer]]'' ([[Koos Roets]]/1977) and, for television, ''[[Die Koster]]'', ([[Stephan Bouwer]]/1985).
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
  
 
''Die Geldpot'' theatre programme, 1980.
 
''Die Geldpot'' theatre programme, 1980.
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http://www.geni.com/people/Willem-de-la-Querra/6000000001103956179
  
 
Private e-mail correspondence with [[Billy de la Querra]], 8-10 June 2015.
 
Private e-mail correspondence with [[Billy de la Querra]], 8-10 June 2015.

Latest revision as of 10:47, 18 January 2021

Willem de la Querra (1922-1992) (sometimes credited as Willem de la Guerre) was a stage and film actor, theatre manager, technician and administrator. He was also a painter, author and poet.

Biography

Born Joseph William Cybert de la Querra on 15 September 15, 1922, one of 8 children, and raised in George. He married Catharina Gezina Burger and the couple had five children, including Billy de la Querra and Carin de la Querra.

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

He becamed enamoured with theatre and performance as a young boy when Pagel's Circus came to town, and he volunteered his services as a helper. He was fascinated by the performances of the clowns, and the spellbinding atmosphere of the performance.

In 1945 he became a professional actor. At first he toured with the Johan Fourie-toneelgeselskap, then in the early 50's he founded his own Koffiehuis touring company, playing in the Cape Province and South West Africa. For these shows he created the character of "Vaalwillem", an unkempt individual, in need of a haircut and decent clothes, and his wife, "Meraai", sharing their larger than life experiences with audiences.

In 1952, the age of 30, with his first child on its way, he dissolved his company, to find a more "stable" job as signwriter.

In the early 1960s he was appointed secretary, publicist and set-builder for the Drama Department of the University of Stellenbosch. Besides apparently appearing in Departmental productions as actor (e.g. in Die Boesman Venus, 1964), hefrom time to time also built sets and performed in plays put on by the Libertas Teater in Stellenbosch.

One play he worked on was the Shirley Ehlers and Johan van Jaarsveld production of Lobola vir die Lewe, and this apparently got him noticed by CAPAB, which led to a full time job as actor (from 1965 to 1979).

He was largely a character actor and often a bit-part player, and among the highlights with CAPAB were roles in Die Loodswaaiers, 'n Seder val in Waterkloof, Die Paddas, Othello, Mooi Maria and Die Geldpot.

In 1976 however he was cast in the lead role of "Faan" in Pieter Fourie's Faan se Trein (1975) and again in Faan se Stasie (1976), a role he would play on and off for the next five years and made him famous.

As a film actor he appeared in King Hendrik (Emil Nofal/1965) and Kootjie Emmer (Koos Roets/1977) and, for television, Die Koster, (Stephan Bouwer/1985).

Sources

Die Geldpot theatre programme, 1980.

http://www.geni.com/people/Willem-de-la-Querra/6000000001103956179

Private e-mail correspondence with Billy de la Querra, 8-10 June 2015.

http://jwcproductions.co.za/wp/willem-de-la-querra/

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