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DEATH OF ROGER DWYER (article first published : 2007-04-1)

Well-known and popular actor Roger Dwyer has died in Cape Town.

A week ago, on March 25, he had taken part in Atkinson at 80, The Importance of Being Michael, a tribute entertainment for veteran actor Michael Atkinson. Held at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, Roger performed alongside friends and colleagues in the industry.

According to news received from Diane Wilson, another legendary name in South African theatre: “Our Rog was rehearsing with all of us, singing and dancing on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.” She went on to say that the show was successfully presented and that Roger “seemed his usual wonderful self.”

On Wednesday, Roger was admitted to hospital with severe back pains. He was operated on and suffered a burst aorta artery and died this morning (April 1).

Roger Dwyer spent many years in Durban, working in the drama department of the Natal Performing Arts Council (now the Playhouse Company).

“This has been a bitter-sweet day for me,” says Durban director and producer Themi Venturas, who this morning was presented with the Caroline Smart Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Fools Awards. “Roger was a major influence on the Durban scene and we will remember him fondly. We are all very saddened by it all.”

Durban artistes’ agent Peter Gardner’s friendship with Roger Dwyer spanned at least 20 years. “I always enjoyed his down to earth qualities. If he had an opinion, he stood by it. He was a man’s man, an actor’s actor and an accomplished and respected performer across the board, from radio and film to theatre and television. He was a very giving actor to play opposite and easy to work with. He was also one of the few actors who never had to re-record a repeat commercial for a period of at least five years. Residuals kept on coming for his work on his well-known cigarette brand commercial.

“We were sad to see him leave Durban but it was great to see him on the odd occasion when he returned to perform in a visiting production. The industry will mourn the loss of one of the country’s finest, ever-reliable and most-grounded character actors. We send love to his wife, Patti. Rest in peace, Rog.”




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