New Zealander Kerry Jordan
was a popular stage, television and radio actor in South Africa.
While in New Zealand he studied law for four years, then became
a fruit farmer and broadcaster for the New Zealand Broadcasting
Service, before going to England on a double scholarship to the
Royal Society for Dramatic Art (RADA).
Early roles in Britain
included The Flying Scot, a 1957 train robbery film and
in the television play series Theatre Night (BBC, 1957)
as Bergerat in Jean-Paul Sartre's Nekrassov. Between
1960 to 1961, Kerry played a regular role as Mr Macintosh in
Glencannon, a filmed comedy series concerning the exploits
of a chief engineer working on a tramp steamer. This series was
a British/American co-production transmitted in Britain on ITV.
Kerry Jordan moved to South
Africa in 1964, his last British credit being the BBC Francis
Durbridge thriller Melissa, a six-part serial broadcast
in April and May of that year. That same year in South Africa,
Kerry won a role in the high profile Michael Caine star vehicle
Zulu, playing the Company Cook. The film also featured
Further film roles followed
in South Africa, with Kerry playing Colonel Anstruther in
Majuba (1968) and participating in Mr Kingstreet's War
(1971), The Winners (1974, with
Tony Jay and
Clive Scott) and
Heroes Die Hard, a hard-hitting drama from 1978. His final
film appearance was in Kwagga Strikes Back (1990).
In addition to his film work,
Kerry Jordan also enjoyed success on television, radio and the
stage in South Africa. In the 1980s, his television roles
included the successful mini-series Shaka Zulu (1986), in
which he portrayed the Reverend Bellow, and Just Nuisance RN,
an SABC series from 1989, in which he appeared as a Royal Navy
admiral. His final television credit before his death in South
Africa in 1994 was in Where Angels Tread, a TV movie made
in the same year about the early days of aviation, appearing
alongside Diane Appleby,
and, again, Clive Scott.
Kerry's radio work in South
Africa was extensive. He was often heard on Lux Radio Theatre,
Tuesday Theatre and even featured in the occasional
episode of the popular thriller series No Place to Hide.
His best remembered radio work is undoubtedly his part in The
Stories of Sherlock Holmes (1979-1985, Springbok Radio), in
which he took the role of Dr Watson, alongside Graham Armitage's
Holmes. On the English Service, he was heard in many editions of
Radio Theatre and his last performance on the English
Service was in 1989 in the play, The Stinger.
by Alan Hayes with Frans Erasmus