Monday, October 25, 2010

RIP Bob Courtney

Veteran radio broadcaster, actor, musician Bob Courtney died on October 23, 2010 two days short of his 87th birthday.

Born in Dorset, England, he started studying accounting when he left school but with his musical background he was quickly drafted into service with the RAF Entertainment section when he volunteered for national service., He toured many of the World War II battlegrounds in Italy, Greece, Austria and North Africa, entertaining the troops. He arrived in South Africa in 1946, joining the SABC radio the following year as a presenter, producer and quiz master. He originated and presented programmes such as Greet the Bride, Welcome Little Stranger, Stop the Music and Eyegene Jackpot. His program on Radio Today, The Voice of Entertainment, started in 1996 and is still on air. Courtney was a foundation member of the SA National Theatre and performed in a number of stage plays, as well as writing the music and lyrics for shows such as "Dial M for Murder". He also appeared in several SA movies, as well as those made by foreign companies in this country and starred alongside movie greats such as Jacqueline Bissett and Vincent Price. Besides broadcasting, he wass still singing, playing the piano and entertaining guests at corporate functions.

COURTNEY, Bob (Robert Courtney)
Born: 10/25/1923, Dorset, England, U.K.
Died: 10/23/2010, South Africa

Bob Courtney’s western - actor:
The Jackals - 1967 (Dandy)

1 comment:

  1. Bob also ran a restaurant in Johannesburg with his son Craig. It was the original Mikes Kitchen and was extremely popular. I was good friends with Craig and worked as his manager for several months on a part time basis in 1988 or 89. Bob was an incredible person and would often play the piano in the restaurant to the absolute delight of the patrons.
    I remember many stressful nights trying to accommodate the very long queue of people trying to get in. There was no doubt they were not just there to have a meal.
    Hugh Harverson