Ron Haddrick is confirmed dead at the age of 90.
Ron was best known as a Australian cricketer and actor (The Stranger).
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Ron Haddrick
AM MBE
Born
Ronald Norman Haddrick

9 April 1929
Died2020
Occupation
  • Film and television actor
  • theatre performer
  • voice artist
  • first-class cricketer
Years active1946–2019
Spouse(s)[Margaret] Lorraine née Quigley
Ronald Norman Haddrick, AM, MBE, (9 April 1929 – 2020) was an Australian cricketer and theatre, television, film and voice actor. In 2012, he received the Actors Equity Lifetime Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career in those media. At the time Australian playwright David Williamson said, “Ron Haddrick was chosen for two reasons. He’s a great actor, definitely one of the greatest of his generation, and also a great human being who has enriched the lives of countless Australians through his acting. He has also enriched the lives of many of us who work in the theatre because of his dedication and palpable decency.” Actor John Bell in presenting the award said his “career has been extraordinary. I remember seeing him on the stage when I was still at university in the 1950s and he inspired me then. As it turned out, my first job was with the Old Tote Theatre Company where Ron was one of the lead actors and I was lucky enough to work alongside him. I found him to be one of the most agreeable, courteous and inspiring actors you could hope to work with as a young man starting out ... He is undoubtedly one of the leading lights in the Australian acting industry and he is much loved, admired and respected, because of both his professionalism and his good nature.” On news of his death Bell Shakespeare said: “a legend of Australian theatre ... it was a privilege to have him grace our stage”
Contents
1 Family
2 Cricket
3 Career
4 Haddrick and Cracknell
5 Honours
6 Filmography
7 References
Family
Haddrick was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the only son of Olive May (née Gibson) and Alexander Norman Haddrick. Haddrick's wife, Lorraine, received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her "outstanding dedication to athletics as a volunteer official for 32 years". They have two children: NIDA graduate Lynette Haddrick and screenwriter and producer Greg Haddrick, and three grandchildren, Taya, Milly and Jack Haddrick.
Cricket
As a sportsman, Haddrick played first-class cricket during the 1950s, representing South Australia on three occasions in the Sheffield Shield competition.
Career
Haddrick first appeared on the stage in 1946 at the Adelaide Tivoli Theatre. Later, he was invited to join the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now the Royal Shakespeare Company). During five seasons in Stratford-upon-Avon he performed with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft and Michael Redgrave. On his return to Sydney, roles followed with the Trust Players, and when the Old Tote Theatre Company formed, Haddrick played in over forty productions.
Haddrick has worked extensively in radio and TV throughout his career, notably for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He made an early television appearance in the 1960 television play Close to the Roof. He had his first starring TV role as Dr. William Redfern in The Outcasts, later appearing as the alien "Adam Suisse" in G K Saunders' pioneering children's science fiction series The Stranger, broadcast on the ABC in 1964-65. In 1969, he voiced Ebenezer Scrooge for an Australian produced A Christmas Carol, giving way to more work along the same lines in the Australian animation field in 1977 with a shorter version of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
He has also narrated six audio books of the British children's TV series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends released by ABC For Kids which were written by Christopher Awdry and illustrated by Ken Stott.
Haddrick is also known for having narrated all audio books of the Australian children's/young adult fantasy book series Deltora Quest written by Emily Rodda.
Other stage work in the '70s and ‘80s included major roles for Sydney Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Queensland Theatre Company in classics and new Australian plays, including extensive seasons of the Nimrod Theatre Company production of The Club. Haddrick received two of the now defunct "Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards" for his performances in Long Day's Journey into Night and I'm Not Rappaport. The '90s saw him in many roles for Marian Street Theatre and the STC including his King Lear and his much loved Wacka Dawson in The One Day of the Year. Haddrick has appeared in Australian-made television from Certain Women and Heartbreak High to Farscape and in numerous feature films. Haddrick also played on The Lost Islands playing the tyrant "Q", a 200-year-old ruler. On radio, he has performed in hundreds of dramas, documentaries, special features and was frequently heard reading poetry for the ABC.
Haddrick and Cracknell
In 1960 Haddrick appeared at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in a production of Murder in the Cathedral in Bonython Hall. It marked the start of a long working partnership between Haddrick and Ruth Cracknell AM. In 1970 they performed in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. It was directed for the Old Tote in Sydney by Tyrone Guthrie and toured widely. In 1973, Haddrick, Ruth Cracknell, Gordon Chater and Garry McDonald appeared at the unpretentious Australian Theatre in Newtown in a miscellany called Aurora Australis. They were in the Old Tote’s production of David Williamson’s What If You Died Tomorrow? in 1974 and it toured Australia and played in London at the Comedy Theatre. In the late 1970s they were in two Peter Williams productions at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Bedroom Farce and The Gin Game. In 1983 Haddrick and Cracknell played the theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummles in Richard Wherrett’s production of David Edgar’s two-part Dickens marathon, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for the Sydney Theatre Company. This played at the Theatre Royal in Sydney and the State Theatre in Melbourne. In 1990 they were reunited in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters for the Sydney Theatre Company.
Honours
In 2013 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) – For significant service to the performing arts as an actor and narrator.
In 2012 he was awarded an Actors Equity Lifetime Achievement Award - for a lifetime combining a phenomenal career with generous leadership and selfless mentorship presented by Actors Equity Australia.
In 1977 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.
In 1974 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) – For services to the Arts.
Filmography
Year
Title
Role
1955
Othello (TV movie)
1960
Close to the Roof (TV movie)
Joe Collon
1961
The Outcasts (TV mini-series)
Dr. William Redfern
1962
Reunion Day (TV movie)
Dave Rubin
1962
The Case of Private Hamp (TV movie)
Padre
1962
The Taming of the Schew
Petrecio
1963
A Dead Secret (TV movie)
1963
Jonah (TV series)
Governor
1963
The Tempest (TV movie)
1963-1964
Tribunal (TV series)
- Marcus Brutes- John Brown
1964
The Stranger (TV series)
- The Stranger- Adam Suisse
1964
The Late Edwina Black (TV movie)
Gregory Black
1965
The Big Killing
Gavin Cole
1965
The Sweet Sad Story of Elmo and Me (TV movie)
Dig
1965
The Affair (TV movie)
1965
Tartuffe (TV movie)
1967-1968
Divorce Court (TV series)
1968
Hunter (TV series)
Bryant
1968
Contrabandits (TV series)
- George Payne- Dallas
1969
Riptide (TV series)
Abraham Decker
1969
A Christmas Carol
Mr. Scrooge (voice)
1970
Chequerboard
Oedipus
1970
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (TV movie)
voice artistCredited as R. Haddrick
1971
You Say the Word (TV series)
English Language Presenter
1971
The Godfathers (TV series)
Painless Plunket
1971
Dynasty (TV series)
Sir Walter Tasker
1971
The Legend of Robin Hood
Sheriff of Nottingham (voice)
1971
Treasure Island (TV movie)
voice artist
1972
Barrier Reef (TV series)
Doctor Sedgwick
1972
Robinson Crusoe (TV movie)
voice artist
1972
The Prince and the Pauper (TV movie)
voice artist
1972
Travels of Marco Pollo (TV movie)
voice artist
1973
The Taming of the Screw (TV movie)
Baptista
1973
The Count of Monte Carlo (TV movie)
voice artist
1973
Kidnapped (TV movie)
voice artist
1973
The Swiss Family Robinson (TV movie)
voice artist
1973
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (TV movies)
voice artist
1973
The Three Musketeers (TV movie)
voice artist
1973
The Black Arrow (TV movie)
voice artist
1973
The Gentleman of Titipu (TV movie)
voice artist
1975
Silent Number (TV series)
John Stanford
1975
The Golden Cage
Rich Man
1975
Shannon's Mob (TV series)
Pellini
1975
The Mysterious Island (TV movie)
voice artist
1965-1976
Homicide (TV series)
5 roles:- Max Goodwin- Geoffrey Gibson- Alan Byrant- Henry Curtin- Gordon Lovejoy
1976
Luke's Kingdom (TV series)
Wicker
1976
The Fourth Wish
Harbard
1976
Master of the World (TV movie)
Voice artist
1976
The Haunting of Hewie Dowker (TV movie)
1976
The Lost Islands (TV series)
The QUE
1977
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
voice artist
1977
The Restless Years (TV series)
Greg Dening
1977
Dot and the Kangaroo (TV movie)
Father (voice)
1977
Moby Dick (TV movie)
voice artist
1978
The Death Train
Dr. Rogers
1978
The Scalp Merchant (TV movie)
1979
Dawn! (film)
Pop
1979
The First Christmas (TV movie)
voice artist
1979
The Adventures of Sinbad
1979
Off on a Comet (TV movie)
voice artist
1979
From the Earth to the Moon (TV movie)
voice artist
1981
Dot and Santa Claus
- Grumblebones (voice)- Frog- Circus Elephant
1981
Run Rebecca, Run
Speaker of Parliament
1982
Jonah
1982
Sarah and the Squirrel (TV movie)
voice artist
1982
Runaway Island (TV movie)
1982
A Christmas Carol (TV movie)
Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
1983
Dot and the Bunny (TV movie)
voice artist
1983
The Amorous Dentist
1983
Butler (TV movie)
1983
Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear
voice artist
1983
Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four
voice artist
1983
Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse
voice artist
1983
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet
voice artist
1984
The Camel Boy
voice
1984
A Country Practice
Ralph Harrison
1984
A Halo of Athuen (TV movie)
The Abbott
1985
Nicolas Nickelby (TV movie)
Voice
1985
Mother and Son
Claude Price
1986
Tusatala
Thomas Stevenson
1986
Short Changed
Garrick
1986
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV movie)
Voice of Frollo
1986
Sons and Daughters (TV series)
Bill Appleby
1987
Great Expectations: The Untold Story (TV movie)
Tankarton
1987
The Odyssey (TV movie)
1987
Rob Roy (video)
voice artist
1988
Hiawatha
voice artist
1988
Emma: Queen of the South Seas
Reverend Brown
1990
Quigley Down Under
Grimmelman
1994
The Ferals
Presenter
1989-1994
G.P. (TV series)
- Joris Volmer- Lloyd Freith
1988-1996
Home and Away
- Gordon Macklin- Peter Moss
1996
Children of the Revolution
Sir Arthur Miles
1997
Fallan Angels
Cec Fowler*
1999
Carnavale
voice
1997-1999
Heartbreak High (TV series)
- Magistrate- Arthur
1999
Water Rats (TV series)
Felix Freidman
2000
Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns
Thomas
2000
The Lost World
Bergin
2000
Dogwoman: Dead Dog Walking (TV movie)
Barry Holloway
2004
The Alice
Marco Marion
2004
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Yondalao
2002-2005
All Saints
- Jack Leyland- Bill Roddick
2006
The Story of Bubble boy
Narrator
2006
Nightmares and Dreamscapes
Man in Lift
2008
The Informant (TV movie)
Tom
2009
Underbelly (TV series)
Bertie
2010
Size Thirteen (short)
Ron Haddrick (voice)
2011
Cloudstreet
Narrator
2011
Codgers
Jimmie McMurtrie
2013
Bad Blood (short)
Edgardo
2014
Rake (TV series)
Judge Velez
2014
Locks of Love
Harrold
2015
To My One and Only (short)
^ Also called Around the World With Dot the hunchback of notre (TV movie)
^ a b c d e f g TV mini-series
^ Full title: Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
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