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Ron Haddrick

Ronald Norman Haddrick

(1929-04-09)9 April 1929
Died11 February 2020(2020-02-11) (aged 90)
  • Actor
  • cricketer
  • stage maanger
  • narrator
  • presenter
Years active1949–2019
Spouse(s)Lorraine née Quigley
ChildrenLynette Haddrick
Greg Haddrick

Ronald Norman Haddrick MBE AM (9 April 1929 – 11 February 2020) was an Australian actor, cricketer, narrator and presenter. In 2012, he received the Actors Equity Lifetime Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career in media, spanning some seventy years both locally and also in Britain. He appeared in many Shakespeare roles and often performed with theatre actress Ruth Cracknell[1][2]

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."[3] On news of his death Bell Shakespeare said: “a legend of Australian theatre ... it was a privilege to have him grace our stage” [4]


Haddrick was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the only son of Olive May (née Gibson) and Alexander Norman Haddrick.[5] Haddrick's wife, Lorraine, received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her "outstanding dedication to athletics as a volunteer official for 32 years".[6] They had two children: NIDA graduate Lynette Haddrick[7] and screenwriter and producer Greg Haddrick, and three grandchildren, Taya, Milly and Jack Haddrick.[8]

Cricket career

As a sportsman, Haddrick played first-class cricket during the 1950s, representing South Australia on three occasions in the Sheffield Shield competition.[9][10]

Professional acting career


Haddrick first appeared on the stage in 1949[11] 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.

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.

Selected works

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.[12]

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. In 1970 they performed in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. It was directed for the Old Tote in Sydney by Sir Tyrone Guthrie and toured widely. In 1973, Haddrick, Ruth Cracknell, Gordon Chater and Garry McDonald appeared at the 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.[13]


Haddrick died at home on 11 February 2020. A memorial service was held at The Parade Theatre at NIDA on 1 March 2020, where speakers included actor and director John Bell and former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell.[14][15]



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) Frederick Dyson
1963 Jonah (TV series) Governor
1963 The Tempest (TV movie) Alonso
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) Skefflington
1965 Tartuffe (TV movie) Tartuffe
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 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 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[a] – Grumblebones (voice)
- Frog
- Circus Elephant
1981 Run Rebecca, Run Speaker of Parliament
1982 Jonah[b]
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[b] 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[b] 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[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)
2011 Cloudstreet[b] 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)
  1. ^ Also called Around the World With Dot
  2. ^ a b c d e f g TV mini-series
  3. ^ Full title: Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King


  1. ^ SMH Deaths Ron Haddrick AM MBE 9.4.1929 – 11.2.2020 Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  2. ^ LEADING MAN — IN ART AND LIFE Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Lifetime Award shows that its not just a stage he is going through" Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  4. ^ Vale Ron Haddrick Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Ron Haddrick Biography (1929–)". Film Reference. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  6. ^ It's an Honour Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ Austage Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  8. ^ Lane, Richard (2000). The Golden Age of Australian Radio Drama Volume 2. National Film and Sound Archive. pp. 121–124.
  9. ^ Crininfo retrieved 28 May 2015.
  10. ^ Vagg, Stephen (12 July 2019). "Good Sports: Australian Athletes Who Act". Filmink.
  11. ^ "Ron Haddrick". AusStage.
  12. ^ Ron Haddrick Biography (1929–) Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  13. ^ Ruth Cracknell AM 1925 – 2002 Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  14. ^ SMH Obituary – Cricketer and actor who worked with the biggest names in theatre Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  15. ^ A gentleman, and one of the great actors of his generation Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  16. ^ It’s an Honour Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  17. ^ Ron Haddrick honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  18. ^ It's an Honour Retrieved 14 February 2020.
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