William Takaku

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William Takaku
Born Born: Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Died 3 January 2011
Port Moresby
Occupation Storyteller, Actor, Screenwriter and Theatre director
Years active from 1992 (screen)

William Takaku (died 3 January 2011[1][2]) was a Papua New Guinean film, television and theatre actor. He was also a screenwriter and a former theatre director.


In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he travelled far from his birthplace on the island of Bougainville, as a storyteller and spokesperson for his people. They had recently expelled from the island copper mining operations which had been polluting the river they depended upon. [1] In June 1991, he was a guest speaker and storyteller at the International Gathering of Mother Earth's People, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

He was for a time director of the National Theatre Company in Papua New Guinea.[3]

He co-wrote, with Albert Toro, and directed the television miniseries Warriors in Transit (1992).[3] Takaku has also directed the Milne Bay Provincial Theatre Group.[3]

As an actor, he co-starred as Man Friday alongside Pierce Brosnan in the film Robinson Crusoe (1997) and he appeared as Magnus in the television miniseries The Violent Earth (1998).[4]


  1. ^ "Lone farewell for Takaku", Post Courier, 7 February 2011
  2. ^ Reported in The National, 4 January 2011
  3. ^ a b c Thompson, Liz (18 October 2000). "Warriors in Transit: Theatre in Papua New Guinea". arTok — Pacific Arts Online ("an ABC Online-Radio Australia initiative"), hosted on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's website. Accessed 20 January 2010.
  4. ^ Database (undated). "William Takaku". Internet Movie Database. Accessed 20 January 2010.

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