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Dancing in the Desert, actors between takes, Richard Moss far right

Above: Four actors dancing in the desert. Sometimes it's a long time between takes.

L to R: The incomparable  Silvio Famularo*, David Weatherly (one of the most experienced character actors in the world) John Banas (talented actor, writer, producer, director) and Myself, ( was I ever that young)

* Look up Silvio on YouTube  "Silvio Singing and Joking" He is a great guy, one of the best I have ever known.

Above: Playing the  father of my character in a set photo for scenes in "Country GP" a NZ TV series, shot on location and at the then (1981?) brand new Avalon Television complex, at the time one of the biggest in the world. The young man in the cap is playing my character as a boy, therefore his mother and the lady who is playing my wife, is also my Mother. work that out! 

Above:   As a young actor, I always wanted to be photographed by the the best known theatrical photographer of the day, the legendary  Angus McBean.  The Christopher Bede studios attempted to help me by (at my request) photographing me in the "McBean Style."  Today I am just as delighted to have been photographed by another of the great portrait photographers,  Frank Hofmann.

Above: This is one of my favourite shots. Taken one morning at breakfast time on the set of the film Prisoners with Tatum O'Neal. Ms O'Neal  was, and I have no doubt that she still is, a very sweet person; kind, intelligent, beautiful and funny. She played the Governor's daughter, I played  Dunham a sarcastic prison warder. A big budget movie with a few big names which curiously never saw the light of day. Still, we all had a good time and we all got paid.


Below: Hunter's Gold. Shooting the first scene of the last episode.  Ernie Stanley (left) as Tindle the store keeper,  Edwin Wright (centre left) in typical pose,  The American actor Bob Pratt (centre right with hat ) and Tom Parkinson directing.

Below:  Two young men in trouble. Robert Bell as Maxwell and  myself as Sam Collins

Below: the famous end credits and theme tune from Hunters Gold. South PacificTelevision

Above:  Here is a polaroid shot  of me fooling around on the set of  Crawford Productions' Flying Doctors . I was playing Bernie Miller the crazy hard drinking shearer, which was actually one half of a very enjoyable double act with Don Bridges, a top man, a great colleague and a fine actor.

My association with Crawford Productions has been a long and very happy one, starting with Homicide and Ryan in around 1972 and spanning a dozen or more further productions through to State Coroner

As the Welsh actor Dafydd Pugh,  in  Seance for Dylan Thomas.

Pinocchio Travelling Circus, at the AIT  theatre in Auckland. During school holidays Children's Plays were always performed, and the rest of the year, standard productions, lunch time shows and evening performances were given.  The theatre was one of the busiest in the country and operated for many years entirely without arts council funding, thanks to the vision and hard work of  Kevin J Wilson and those of us who admired him and shared in his vision.
Richard Moss as the Psychotic Butler in The Power The Passion

Above:   Channel Seven's soap opera The Power The Passion playing Burton, the psychotic but loyal, family manservant, chauffeur  and dirty job "fix it" man. Here he appears in this nightmare sequence as the one who will destroy the next  heir to the family fortune; his sadistic smashing of the porcelain doll, symbolises the murder of the baby, as yet unborn, in this, the nightmare of the pregnant wife of the eldest son. Brilliant Soap operas are made of such stuff.       NB. Note the use of  "Dutch Tilt "  we got a lot of that in the 80s

 Actors Richard Moss and Bob Gentle rehearse a scene in On The Day

On The Day, was a film about the macho members of a local rugby football club. Here I rehearse a scene with Bob Gentle and others just prior to shooting. Note that the bottles are all turned so that the labels are facing away from camera; the plot had a strong anti drink driving  theme and  this was to prevent any possible legal problems. It also helped if the movie was to be televised in the competitive days of "free to air"

Above: Sydney Greenstreet in Singapore?

 No, just my portrayal of  US Ambassador Earnest Graham, in the Japanese spy thriller film Joker Game 

children's theatre 1970s
 

Above: Playing the character of  Flagpole in Cigalo The Clown by Kevin J Wilson. Simon O'Connor as King Grimple the Grump and Marcia Lush as Cigalo (pronounced Chigalo)

The "A.I.T" children's travelling theatre of the late 60s early 70s. We toured NZ constantly, from our resident theatre in Auckland, playing to thousands of children each year .

Below: The same company, this time we are performing Manka and The King by Joan and Betty Reyner; two wonderful Australian Troubadours, who travelled Europe in a caravan in the 1930s collecting folk stories and songs and also performing as they went. Simon O'Connor as Tachka the father holds dear "Henipenka."  I am just about to make an entrance as the unhappy young King of Czechoslovakia. He would later find happiness upon meeting Tachka's daughter Manka, they fall in love and marry and, of course,....live happily ever after. We had two Mankas, Rose Scott and Marcia Lush. I think it would have been Marcia in this production.


Above: Playing  a rather youthful Othello, in the age of peace, love and brown rice.

During and soon after leaving drama school, I played in four Shakespearian productions,  King Lear and Richard The Third  for Grafton Theatre, Othello for the arts council, and  Loves Labours Lost at the Mercury Theatre. Not a bad way to start a career......or perhaps it was, but it was good training.
Steele Rudd, On our selection, Richard Moss as Dad

Above: Dad in Steel Rudd's magnificent On Our Selection, this is a far greater play than many people might think, as challenging, at times, as any Shakespeare. This at the Mercury theatre Auckland, the stage and auditorium of which appears on my biog page, upper right.


           As David Adams in Prisoner.   Cell Block H in UK

 Below: Mr Gascoigne in channel 10's State Coroner. I enjoyed playing him, I loved the entire series. Working with the incomparable Ms Hughes, albeit in the expanse of a courtroom set, was a very enjoyable bonus.

voice actor master of character narration and voice over.
Hunter's Gold. Veteran character actor Richard Moss as Sam Collins.

Above: As Sam Collins in Hunters Gold. Poor Sam, not very bright, he  schemes a way to get the reward money , but alas it's a plan poorly conceived.


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Above: Robert Bell as Maxwell (a man no brighter than Sam) spells out his pathetic ideas for getting ahead, both men would go rapidly backwards.


working with others to get Froggy made into a feature film. 

 Veteran Actor Richard Moss as Froggy Bagshaw, Daryl's Dependable Deals

Above: As Froggy Bagshaw in Daryl's Dependable Deals.

Froggy is in Sydney to attend the funeral of a man he hasn't seen for over 35 years. The experience brings back some memories Froggy would rather have forgotten about.  Here, Froggy Bagshaw finds himself  imprisoned in a curious time warp.

I am currently working with others to get Froggy made into a feature film trilogy.

Daryl's Dependable Deals excerpt.mp3

Janus. Australian actor Richard Moss as Magestrate Geoff Goodwin.

Above: Magistrate Geoff Goodwin in Janus for the ABC. One of  twelve individual and very enjoyable productions with Aunty  since 1983. For any actor, it's  good to be working, but there is always something rather special about working  with the ABC.

Derek Benfield play

Above:  Is it Chester Dreadnought or Roger Newton Strangeways?  Perhaps it's a  visiting Aunt ? 

This scene from A Wild Goose Chase, the wonderful English farce  by Derek Benfield, shows the leading character Chester Dreadnought in one of his three pathetic disguises (if you don't count hiding in a suit of armour as the fourth) as he attempts to escape recognition by the two nasty characters Wedgwood and Capone, played here by Howard Russ and  Bradley Fraser.

My Girlfriend at the time used to joke that the director, Alan Williamson, cast me because I had the legs for the part.....perhaps she was right.