Rodney Diak

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Rodney Diak (15 June 1924 – 6 October 2007) was a British film, television, and theater actor.

He was well known for a string of hit performances on the West End, including Goodnight Mrs. Puffin and Busybody.[1]


Rodney Diak was born as David Rodney Diak[1] in Harrow, England. He made his West End theater debut with Michael Redgrave and the Old Vic Company in Shakespeare's "Love's Labours Lost" at the New Theater at the age of 24.[1] He also appeared in She Stoops to Conquer with the Old Vic Company.[1] In 1951, Diak appeared on stage in Twelfth Night in front of an audience which included Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.[1] Princess Margaret remarked about Diak after the performance, "That's the most handsome actor in Britain."[1]

One of Diak's most successful performances was his turn in Goodnight Mrs. Puffin, which ran for 691 performances.[1] His career continued with another success with the play Busybody, which debuted in 1964.[1] He continued to appear in a number of stage roles later in his career including The Secretary Bird, Private Lives, The Boy Friend, and My Cousin Rachel.[1]

Diak's film career was yielded mixed results at first. He was reportedly horrified to learn that his first feature film debut movie would be Fire Maidens from Outer Space after signing a contract with MGM Studios.[1] Diak's career improved after appearing in Dunkirk opposite actors John Mills and Richard Attenborough.[1] Diak also had smaller roles in The Flesh and Blood Show and Mr. Topaze with Peter Sellers.[1] He also starred in several BBC television series including Z-Cars, Barlow at Large, The Troubleshooters and People Like Us. [1] He had a cameo role in Carry on Admiral.[1]


Rodney Diak died on 6 October 2007 in London from cancer, aged 83.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Rodney Diak, actor, 83". Variety Magazine ( 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 

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