Appearances by Michael de Pinna
With such a varied repertoire and so much experience, Michael has asserted himself as one of the bastions of South African entertainment. There’s not much else to say about a man so ingrained into the South African psyche except perhaps… YEBO MKHULU!
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Where are all the real men?
• Jock of the Bushveld
• Yebo Gogo
• Oom Schalk Lourens
THIS week’s Wag and Wow show held at the Castle Kyalami brought out the bitch in some, and had others’ tails wagging. Not many models get given snacks on the ramp, in order for them to do their thing, but the canine beauties featured in this show got the star treatment. From wild Weimaramers to chubby Chihuahuas, from a poodle “no bigger than an ant” (to quote Michael de Pinna) to two startled Yorkies with tiaras, from tousled blonde, metrosexual Afghans to tough Scotties oozing more sex appeal than Sean Connery … this show had it all. And that was just the dogs. … who were sporting the latest in doggy fashion from Doggie Style, Red Dog Inc and Pink Trash.
The celebrities and models were seriously upstaged, all except for Jacinda who made sure that her diminutive poodle’s nose was out of joint, and that everyone admired her bark-green Lunar dress instead. Michelle Garforth ensured that everyone loved her little “doggit”, a feisty fellow called Sushi, and she strutted the ramp and posed for the cameras. Edith Venter brought along her own dog, a well-behaved white Scottie, and Michael de Pinna’s spaniel Leo looked adoreingly at everyone, especially when slipped a little snack or two. The show was possible because of sponsorship, and all proceeds went to the Society for Animals in Distress.
Michael de Pinna and his sister Andrea, 1958
Michael de Pinna in Norwich, England, UK 1973
The Many Faces of Michael de Pinna
Its Time ~ Voice Meets Violin
Paris – The Lido – “Leading man”
Sun City – Extravaganza – “Bedazzled” – Leading man
The Playhouse – Durban – “Annie” – Daddy Warbucks
Johannesburg – Windybrow – “Fagin”
Natal Playhouse – The Pirates of Penzance – “Pirate King”
Sun City – Extravaganza – Bedazzled
The Pirates of Penzance
Cruise Ship Roles
“Achille Lauro” – Cruise Director
“Astor” – Entertainments Director
“Song of Flower” – USA, Canada, Star Act
“Aegean Dolphin” – Entertainments Director
Stage Play Roles
“Twilight of the Golds” – Walter
Nationwide – “Beau Jest” – Vita Award nominee for the role of Abe Goldman
Nationwide – “Birds of Paradise” – Played the crazy character “The Jackal” (He who laughs last)
“This Old Man Came Rolling Home”
“Murder in Green Meadows”
This Old Man Came Rolling Home
Birds of Paradise
Murder in Green Meadows
Sun City Superbowl
Sun International circuit
Holiday Inn circuit
Aphrodite’s – London
Threes a Show(Upcoming)
Jhb/Dbn/Cape Town – “It’s the Top” – Cole Porter
Nationwide – “Hello Today SA”
TV & Film Roles
The Algiers Murders
Egoli – The nation’s favourite local Soapie – As “Sayeed Assam” the Iraqi Assassin.
Rhodes – One of the most memorable South African mini-series.
“Zulu on my stoep” – A Leon Shuster classic.