Richard Meikle

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Richard Meikle (10 October 1929 – 2 June 1991) was an Australian actor who worked extensively in film, theatre, and radio. He was the father of writer Sam Meikle.

Career

Meikle began his career as a stage actor. His first recorded role was in Metropolitan Theatre's production of Ned Kelly in 1947.[1]

In the 1950s, Meikle moved into radio acting, most prominently with Grace Gibson Radio Productions. Meikle's voice landed him many major roles with the company as both an actor and an announcer. Meikle was included in Reg James' list of his favourite Grace Gibson performances for his starring role alongside John Unicomb in the serial Becket.[2] Another factor working in Meikle's favour was his ability and desire to perform his own sound effects. Grace Gibson Productions' budget did not cover a professional sound effects person and as such actors who could do effects themselves were highly sought after. Reg James noted Meikle would often compete for rights to do sound effects with his co-stars Ron Roberts and James Condon.[3]

Meikle played London-based spy Guy Marriott. 1966 produced several roles for Meikle. He was used in the dual role of actor and announcer in The Shame of Sefton Ridge, an adaptation of Hamilton Basso's novel The View from Pompey's Head. Meikle read the opening credits and played the character of Mickey Higgens. Meikle's other role that year was that of henchman Paul Kruger in another Phillip Mann drama The Red Gardenia. Meikle also read the end credits of a few episodes. Another major role in the 60s for Meikle was as Logan Berkeley in Ross Napier's adaptation of the novel Borrasca. Borrasca was another example of Grace Gibson using Meikle as an announcer.

The early 1970s also proved to be a busy time for Meikle with Grace Gibson. He had another actor/announcer job in the form of Ross Napier's So Help Me God in 1970, where he read the credits for each episode and played criminal Toby Laird. Meikle had starring roles in the 1971 shows I Killed Grace Random and I, Christopher Macaulay, where he played copywriter Curtis Miller and the titular character respectively.

As television started to become more prevalent, Meikle began to branch out in the late 1970s. He appeared in several television movies, including Harvest of Hate, where he replaced Sir Robert Helpmann in the role of vineyard owner John Camden.[4] In 1976, Meikle had a major role as Martin Gruman in the one hour pilot episode of the television drama Bluey.

In 1982, Meikle returned to Grace Gibson and joined the cast of Grace Gibson's most popular serial, The Castlereagh Line. Meikle played Jim Holly.

Credits

Year Title Media type Character/role
1954 Starlight Theatre Radio
1957 A Fourth for Bridge TV Movie
1957 The Importance of Being Earnest TV Movie
1957 In the Zone TV Movie
1958 Radio Cab Radio Scott Sullivan
1958 This Land Australia Short
1959 On the Beach Film Davis
1959 Not to be Taken Radio Steven Davies (original voice)
1960 ITV Play of the Week Television Lindsey Stone
1961 No Hiding Place Television Arthur Wolf
1961 Whiplash Television Pecos Denvers
1961 A Night Out TV Movie Gidney
1962 The Taming of the Shrew TV Movie
1962 Sara Dane Radio Irish rebel convict
1963 The Robe Radio Marcellus Gallio
1964 Too Young to Die Radio Larry Gates
1964 Pray for a Brave Heart Radio
1965 The Affair TV Movie
1965 My Brother Jack Television Dud Rosevear
1965 The Tilsit Inheritance Radio Jim
1965 Becket Radio King Henry II
1966 The Red Gardenia Radio Paul Kruger/Announcer
1966 The Shame of Sefton Ridge Radio Mickey Higgens/Announcer
1967 Love and War TV Movie
1967 The Sinners of Sonoma Radio Robby Barrow
1967 Contrabandits Television Sam Kodiak
1968 Borrasca Radio Logan Berkeley
1968 Kinkhead Radio Warren Butler
1968 Undercover Radio Guy Marriott
1968 The Battlers TV Movie
1968 Hunter Television Phan Lin
1968-1969 I've Married a Bachelor Television Guru Chanderadas
1969 Riptide Television Alex Kolonis
1969 Delta Television Bill Prescott
1969 Woobinda, Animal Doctor Television
1969-1973 Division 4 Television Various
1970 The Rovers Television Professor Anderson
1970 So Help Me God Radio Toby Laird/Announcer
1971 I Killed Grace Random Radio Curtis Miller/Announcer
1971 I, Christopher Macaulay Radio Christopher Macaulay
1972 Barrier Reef Television Joe Francis
1972 Homicide Television Barrington
1972 Catwalk Television Christopher Kemper
1972 The Prince and the Pauper TV Movie
1972-1976 Matlock Police Television Various
1973 The Count of Monte Cristo TV Movie
1973 The Three Musketeers TV Movie
1973 Certain Women Television George Lindsay
1974 Moving On Television
1976 Bluey Television Martin Gruman
1976 The Young Doctors Television Les Bradley
1976 Silent Night, Holy Night TV Movie
1977 Glenview High Television Michael Wilson
1977 The Restless Years Television Senator Ross Lindsay
1977 Dot and the Kangaroo (film) Movie Voice/casting director
1978 Chopper Squad Television George Deacon
1979 Harvest of Hate Movie John Camden
1979 The Little Convict Movie Sergeant Bully Langton/casting director/production manager
1979 Cop Shop Television Frank Dobson
1981 Doctors and Nurses Movie The President
1982 The Castlereagh Line Radio Jim Holly/William Holly
1982-1987 A Country Practice Television Various
1983 Scales of Justice Television Premier Cooper
1983 Who Killed Baby Azaria? TV Movie Coroner Galvin
1984 For Love or Money Documentary Himself
1984 The Last Bastion Television General Vasey
1985 The Pickwick Papers TV Movie
1985 The Man in the Iron Mask TV Movie
1985 The Adventures of Robin Hood TV Movie
1985 Sons and Daughters Television Colonel Gerrard Bainbridge
1985 Stock Squad TV Movie
1985 Robbery TV Movie Major General
1986 The Hunchback of Notre Dame TV Movie
1986 Kidnapped TV Movie
1988 The Dirtwater Dynasty Television Mr. J. James
1990 Home and Away Television Paramedic
Unknown Crisis Point Radio Narrator
Unknown Requiem for Paul Jason Radio Eric Millgate
Unknown The Silent Witness Radio Les Callaghan/End Credits
Unknown Step Into Deep Waters Radio Leslie Galvin

Personal life

Richard was the son of Leslie, an engineer, and Alma May née Milsted [6]. Richard married twice. He married in 1955 LOLA EDNA BROOKS, an actress, with whom he had a son [6, 7]. Richard married in 1968 HELEN MILLICENT MADGWICK [6]. Richard and Helen had four children [6]. Richard's obituary appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 4 June 1991, as well as several Death notices [8].

References

  1. ^ "Richard Meikle". AusStage. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ James, Reg (2015). A Theatre in my Mind. Fremantle, Western Australia: Vivid Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-925341-34-8.
  3. ^ James, Reg (2015). A Theatre in my Mind. Fremantle, Western Australia: Vivid Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-925341-34-8.
  4. ^ "Harvest of Hate". OzMovies. Retrieved 12 February 2016.

6 New South Wales Electoral Rolls

7 New South Wales Registry for Births, Deaths and Marriages: Indexes

8 Ryerson Index

9 Sydney Morning Herald death notices

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