Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Prolific South African actor David Clatworthy loses his battle against cancer. He was 60.

by Thinus Ferreira

The prolific South African actor David Geoffrey Clatworthy has died after he lost his battle with cancer. He was 60.

The actor whose numerous roles spanned television, more than 100 radio dramas, theatre and internationally released film and series like Neill Blomkamp's District 9 and the first season of Netflix's The Crown, had throat cancer and he passed away on Tuesday.

He was married to Wilmien Rossouw and they had two children and later he was in a relationship with Michelle Botha and they had a son together..

He currently worked as a director at kykNET's weekday Afrikaans soap Getroud met Rugby where he previously appeared in the on-air role of Gerald Richter.

Michelle Nortje, Getroud met Rugby publicist, tells TVwithThinus that "David was at Getroud met Rugby until June. The last few episodes that he worked as director will be broadcast towards the end of September. His passing comes as a big loss for the entire Getroud family and we all will miss his calm presence and humanity".

David Clatworthy studied speech and drama at the University of Cape Town between 1980 and 1983, after which numerous roles followed.

He appeared in The King and I, Life Is a Pitch, Macbeth, Revamp (musical), The Boys Next Door, Beyond Therapy, Homeland, Toering, Koning, Going Up, Isidingo, Zero Tolerance, Hard Copy, Meester, Iemand Om Lief Te HĂȘ, Scoop Schoombie, Die Laksman, Carpe Diem, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, The Lab, 7de Laan and Justice For All.

Other on-screen appearances included Bloedbroers, Erfsondes, Fallen, Generations, High Rollers, Konsternasie Oppie Stasie, Mzansi Magic's Mshika-shika, On the Couch, Roer Jou Voete, Safe as Hauser's, e.tv's Scandal!, Soul Buddyz, The Mating Game, The Wild, Charlie Jade, Wild at Heart and Those Who Can't.

His voice was heard in over 100 radio dramas.

He appeared in films like 2018's Mia and the White Lion, Harry's Game, Young Ones, Everyman's Taxi, Lunar Cop, Verraaiers, Platteland, and 2011's Winnie Mandela.

He was also in Mrs Mandela, White Lion, Hitchhiker, Merlin: The Return, The One That Got Away, Cry The Beloved Country and Return to Justice.

David Clatworthy won the Fleur Du Cap Award for best supporting actor for his role as Jamie in Long Day’s Journey Into Night and for his role as Eddie in Greek.

He was also nominated for a Fleur Du Cap Award in 1989 and the Dalro award in 1989. David has also appeared in over 100 radio dramas.