Ronald Norman Haddrick
April 9, 1929
|Died||11 February 2020 (aged 90)|
|Spouse(s)||[Margaret] Lorraine née Quigley|
Ronald Norman Haddrick Australian cricketer, theatre performer, stage manager, and radio and television actor and presenter. 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 ... 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” (9 April 1929 – 11 February 2020) was an
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.
Professional acting career
Haddrick first appeared on the stage in 1946 at the Adelaide Tivoli Theatre. Later, he was invited to join the Stratford Memorial Theatre (now the Royal Shakespeare Theatre). 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.
Radio and television
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.
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.
- 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.
|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|
|1969||Riptide (TV series)||Abraham Decker|
|1969||A Christmas Carol||Mr. Scrooge (voice)|
|1970||A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (TV movie)||voice artist|
Credited 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||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[a]||– Grumblebones (voice)|
- Circus Elephant
|1981||Run Rebecca, Run||Speaker of Parliament|
|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||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||Emma: Queen of the South Seas[b]||Reverend Brown|
|1990||Quigley Down Under||Grimmelman|
|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*|
|1997–1999||Heartbreak High (TV series)||– Magistrate|
|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[b]||Yondalao|
|2002–2005||All Saints[b]||– Jack Leyland|
- Bill Roddick
|2006||The Story of Bubble boy||Narrator|
|2006||Nightmares and Dreamscapes[c][b]||Man in Lift|
|2008||The Informant (TV movie)||Tom|
|2009||Underbelly (TV series)||Bertie|
|2010||Size Thirteen (short)||Ron Haddrick (voice)|
|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)
- TV mini-series
- Full title: Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
- SMH Deaths Ron Haddrick AM MBE 9.4.1929 - 11.2.2020 Retrieved 21 February 2020.
- LEADING MAN — IN ART AND LIFE Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- "Lifetime Award shows that its not just a stage he is going through" Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- Vale Ron Haddrick Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- "Ron Haddrick Biography (1929–)". Film Reference. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- It's an Honour Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- Austage Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Crininfo retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Vagg, Stephen (12 July 2019). "Good Sports: Australian Athletes Who Act". Filmink.
- Ron Haddrick Biography (1929–) Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Ruth Cracknell AM 1925 – 2002 Retrieved 14 February 2020
- It's an Honour Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- Ron Haddrick honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- It’s an Honour Retrieved 14 February 2020.