TV With Thinus
May 13, 2019
The veteran, British-born South African actor Ron Smerczak has died from a heart attack. He was 69.
Ron Smerczak's decades-long career on South African television ranged from roles in SABC productions like Shaka Zulu, John Ross, Generations and Isidingo, e.tv's Rhythm City, to kykNET's (DStv 144) Villa Rosa, Jongo on BET (DStv 129) and many more.
He also appeared in international series filmed in South Africa and Cape Town like Warrior and Strike Back on M-Net (Dstv 101), and Black Sails that was shown on History (DStv 186).
Besides television he appeared in several roles on stage and in film.
"That moment when you think back to the last time you spoke to someone for whom you have the greatest respect & admiration. You agreed to coffee and catch up. Then he's gone. Actor, icon, legend & guide Ron Smerczak is no more," wrote Jack Devnarain, the former Isidingo actor and chairperson of the South African Guild of Actors (SAGA), in a tribute.
SAGA in a statement said "SAGA mourns the passing of the veteran actor and industry stalwart Ron Smerczak. His love for Shakespeare, stage, TV and film defined his decades of service to the industry. We remember him as a friend, mentor and inspiration and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family. We are all poorer for his loss."
Born: 3/7/1949, Blackpool, England U.K.
Died: 5/13/2019, Johannesburg, South Africa
Ron Smerczak’s westerns – actor:
Trigger Fast – 1994 (Sergeant Tring)
Hooded Angels – 2002 (Packer)