The agent of veteran actor, Sam Phillips, who died in the early hours of Saturday morning, says the arts industry has lost an icon.
Gaenor Artiste Management Agent, Lynne Higgins, says Phillips played a pivotal role in shaping the acting industry.
Phillips graced South African TV screens for decades. He was an actor, writer, producer, and music composer and featured in well-known productions including Phamokate, Backstage and Soul City.
Higgins says he also acted in international plays like Athol Fugard’s Master Herold and The Boys in New Orleans.
“He was an amazing man. We will miss him. We loved him. He was an icon in our industry and there are no words to cover how devastated we at Gaenor’s are. He was part of our family. He was our grandfather in our family. He knew so many people from theatre, to TV, to writing, to scriptwriting, to film. So much that he has done in the industry and so many he has met in his place of work.”
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‘I lost a brother’
Veteran actor, Lilian Dube says she lost a brother. The 72-year-old was hospitalised on the 29th of December until his passing.
Dube says Phillips introduced her to the acting industry. She says in 1984 they both opened a casting agency and put people on television. Dube says she is lost for words.
“This legend, Sam Phillips, I first met him in the 80’s when we were shooting a film. Later he went to stay in America. In 1995, when I went for my honeymoon, I visited him when he was in LA. He took me to Detroit, Chigaco, Las Vegas. He even took me to the rural areas of Lesotho when I lost my brother. We did many things together. He’s more than a blood brother.”
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