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DEATH OF STUART PARKER (article first published : 2001-07-23)

Veteran film stage and television actor Stuart Parker died at his home in Durban North on July 21 after a long illness bravely borne.

He appeared in several productions for NAPAC (the Natal Performing Arts Council now The Playhouse Company).

“The first was Fallen Angels in 1983 with a delightful performance as one of the not-entirely-deceived husbands,” says John Moss, former artistic director of NAPAC Drama now resident in the UK. “The second was an impressive Lieutenant Colonel Denny, President of the Court Martial in Breaker Morant in 1987. For Musicals, he gave a perfect “Colonel Pickering” when Geoffrey Sutherland staged My Fair Lady in 1991, with Kate Normington and Philip Godawa.”

John Moss’ wife is actress and writer Jill Fenson whose association with Stuart Parker first came about through radio.

“He was a widely versatile and very accomplished actor, interviewer, presenter, and writer,” she says. “His adaptation of Carrington VC drew high praise from the press as well as from his colleagues at the SABC.

“I used to write for radio, too; fairly prolifically during the eleven-year run of the weekly series: Twist In The Tale. It was an ongoing challenge to create roles for the performers I knew and I derived fiendish joy from thinking up bizarre plots and characters to flummox them. Stuart was never flummoxed; he gave as good as he got, and more.

“It was during the 1983 NAPAC production of Fallen Angels, the Durban season and the tour, that Stu became a close family friend, and it was a friendship that endured from then on. I also had the pleasure of being on stage with him again in 1991 for My Fair Lady. He is a tremendous loss to the people who knew him, worked with him, and had great and lasting affection for him.”

“He was a Bing Crosby fan, like I was,” says Henry Diffenthal who owns Olympia Recording Studios which produced hundreds of radio programmes such as plays, serials and series during the heyday of Springbok Radio. “He was a first class actor – one of those actors who used to be able to play a lot of different characters and accents. He always gave a very good performance and as a director I never had much to say about his interpretations of roles. He was always prepared, didn’t just walk in and pick up his script and head for the microphone. He was particularly good at playing English officers or the old school type.”

Stuart Parker was much in demand for character roles in films and television dramas. He appeared in Winchester. Barrett, Schweitzer, Chameleon, Agent Orange and Derby.




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