SA actor David Clatworthy, 60, dies

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David Clatworthy in 'Ons Vir Jou'
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  • South African actor David Geoffrey Clatworthy has died.
  • He died on Tuesday after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
  • He was working as a director on kykNET's weekday Afrikaans soap Getroud met Rugby where he previously appeared in an on-air role.


The prolific South African actor David Geoffrey Clatworthy has died due to cancer. He was 60.

The actor died on Tuesday after being diagnosed with throat cancer.  

His career spanned TV, 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.

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

"Rest in peace, David Clatworthy. We will cherish your legacy as an actor, director and beloved colleague forever in our hearts. Your Getroud Met Rugby family says goodbye," said an entry on the Getroud Met Rugby Facebook page. 

Michelle Nortje, Getroud met Rugby publicist, tells Channel24: "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."

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

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, Cry The Beloved Country, Koning, Going Up, Isidingo, Zero Tolerance, Hard Copy, Meester, Iemand Om Lief Te Hê, Scoop Schoombie, Die Laksman, Carpe Diem, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, The Lab, 7de Laan and Justice For All.

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

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. 

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