With a career in film, television, radio and theatre spanning seven decades and a passion for assisting performers in need, Ron Haddrick’s name came up time and time again when Australian performers were asked to nominate and select the winner of the 2012 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by FOXTEL.
Equity president Simon Burke said: “Ron perfectly epitomises what this award is all about – honouring those inspiring performers who have spent literally a lifetime combining a phenomenal career with generous leadership and selfless mentorship.
Ron’s astonishing body of work, dating back to 1946, and his commitment to the NSW Actors Benevolent Fund – which raises funds for performers who are unable to work due to injury, illness or disability – makes him an ideal recipient of this year’s Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Ron made his first appearance on the stage at the Tivoli Theatre Adelaide in 1946. In 1953 he joined the Stratford Memorial Theatre (now the Royal Shakespeare Company) with whom he toured three times to Russia. Following his return to Sydney he starred in many productions by theatre company Trust Players, including Long Days Journey into Night and Julius Ceasar and, from 1963, he starred in over 40 productions for the Old Tote Theatre Company. He has since worked for nearly every major Australian theatre company. His most recent stage appearance was for Queensland Theatre Company in the new Australian play Water Falling Down.
Ron has also performed in hundreds of radio dramas (including the title roles in Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear), documentaries, special features and is frequently heard reading poetry for the ABC. Ron has had parts in some of the most iconic series in Australian television history – A Country Practice, Mother & Son, Water Rats, Home and Away, Copshop, Underbelly and as the melodic narrator of Cloudstreet.
In 1974 Ron was awarded the M.B.E. for his services to the Arts and in 1995 Ron was appointed Governor of the Actors Benevolent Fund in NSW.
“Ron Haddrick is a truly worthy recipient of Equity Lifetime Achievement Award and Foxtel is delighted to be associated with the honour being paid to this great Australian actor,” said Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel CEO. “We are particularly pleased that Ron has been chosen for this award so soon after his involvement in the remarkable television adaptation of Cloudstreet which appeared on Foxtel last year.”
Ron will be presented with his award at a ceremony in Sydney next month.