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Veteran Actor Siegfried Mynhardt Dies at 87

March 29, 1996

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Siegfried Mynhardt, an actor whose stage, film and television in a career spanned six decades, has died of pneumonia at age 87.

Mynhardt contracted pneumonia a month ago and died at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday, the South African Press Association reported.

His career started in 1929 with the Afrikaaner theater company Die Hanekoms, and Mynhardt joined the Old Vic theater company in London in the late 1930s.

He returned to South Africa at the start of World War II to open his own acting company and joined the National Theater Organization in the late 1940s.

Mynhardt became a permanent member of the Pact English drama company in 1963. His repertoire ranged from leading roles in Harold Pinter plays to a spot in the first Afrikaans-language television film in South Africa.

Mynhardt received the Queen’s Coronation Medal for his service to South African theater and a medal of honor from the South African Academy for Science and Art.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

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