Ron Haddrick

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Ron Haddrick
Born Ronald Norman Haddrick
(1929-04-09) 9 April 1929 (age 85)
Adelaide, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1946–present
Spouse(s) Margaret Lorraine Quigley
I daughter (Lynette)
1 son (Greg Haddrick)

Ronald Norman Haddrick AM MBE (born 9 April 1929) is an Australian theatre, television, film and voice actor. In 2012 he received an Equity Lifetime Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career in those media.[1]

Early life[edit]

Haddrick was born in Adelaide, Australia, the only son of Olive May (née Gibson) and Alexander Norman Haddrick.[2]

Cricket[edit]

A former sportsman, Haddrick played First Class Cricket during the 1950s and went on to represent South Australia on three occasions in the famed Sheffield Shield competition.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Haddrick first appeared on the stage in 1946 at the Adelaide Tivoli Theatre. Later, Haddrick was invited to join the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now the Royal Shakespeare Company). Upon his return to Sydney, there followed roles with the Trust Players, and when the Old Tote Theatre Company formed, Ron played in over forty productions.

Haddrick 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 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.

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 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 to Farscape and in numerous feature films. Haddrick also played on the "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 is frequently heard reading poetry for the ABC.

Honours[edit]

  • Member of the Order of Australia (In the General Division) – For significant service to the performing arts as an actor and narrator (2013)[3]
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) – for services to the Arts (1974)[4]
  • Equity Lifetime Achievement Award - for a lifetime combining a phenomenal career with generous leadership and selfless mentorship presented by Actors Equity Australia, part of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (2012)[5]

Major theatre work[edit]

References[edit]

Years Title Role Theatre/Company
1948 The Eagle Has Two Heads Stanislaus Tivoli Theatre, Adelaide
1954 Toad of Toad Hall Alfred Prince's Theatre, London
1954–59 King John Hubert Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Romeo and Juliet Tybalt
Twelfth Night Antonio
Hamlet Horatio
1959 Man and Superman Johßn Tanner Trust Players
Long Day's Journey into Night Jamie Tyrone
Julius Caesar Brutus
1960 The Rape of the Belt Heracles Trust Players
Candida James Mavor Morell
The Hostage Monsewer
Murder in the Cathedral Fourth Tempter & Fourth Knight
1960 Murder in the Cathedral Fourth Tempter & Fourth Knight Adelaide Festival of Arts
1961 The One Day of the Year Alf Cook Palace Theatre, Sydney
Theatre Royal, Stratford
London
1962 Naked Island Jacko Union Theatre, Sydney
2014 Noises Off Selsdon Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney