1990: Actor Keith Michell, originally of Warnertown, returned to the theatre that bears his name to launch Port Pirie Proud, a promotional video.One of Port Pirie’s favourite sons,actor Keith Michell, has died. He was 88.
Michell wasbest known for his role in the 1970 BBCminiseriesSix Wives of Henry VIII, for which he won an Emmy Award.
Other notablefilm andTV roles includeCaptain James Cook(1970),Wuthering Heights(1962),The Prince and The Pauper(1996) andSeven Seas to Calais(1962).
He playeda former jewel thief turned insurance claims investigatorin theAmericanseriesMurder, She Wrote.
Michell was born in Adelaide and grew up at Warnertown, attending high school where he showed flairfor drawing.The Keith Michell Theatre is named in his honour. He died at home in London onFriday, November 20.
Former classmate of Michell’s Ross Roberts, of Nelshaby, said the late actor was an outstanding student in their Intermediate year at Port Pirie High School.
“He was an excellent artist, a great student, a good athlete and a talented musician and dancer,” he said.
“He could do anything at school. One of our teachers, Mrs Bates, who was later known as Mrs Potter, thought he was great.
“His father and mother had a shop alongside the hall at Warnertown. I can remember him dancing at the hall.”
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