Vale: Johnny Lockwood
Johnny Lockwood, best known as Aldo Godolfus in Number 96, has died aged 92.
UK-born Lockwood died in his sleep at a Coffs Harbour aged care home.
He came to Australia in 1957 for a ten-week run with the Tivoli Theatre circuit but remained in Australia for five years.
After London stage commitments he returned to Australia and appeared in a string of television shows including The Mavis Bramston Show, Anything Goes, Spyforce, The Norman Gunston Show, Bellamy, Neighbours, A Country Practice, E Street, The Potato Factory, Pizza and the films The Rage in Placid Lake and Moulin Rouge.
But it was his role as a Hungarian Jew that is embedded in our memories.
Daughter Joanna Walker (nee Lockwood), who appeared in Cop Shop, told News Limited, “His legacy as far as the public goes will be Number 96 when he played Aldo but his career and gifts spread way beyond one show.
“Dad was hard on the inside and gooey on the inside. Anybody in the business he came across, he helped them out without them knowing. He was very helpful to people who came across bad times through illness or just tough times.”
He last appeared on the stage in 2000 in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Oedipus, directed by Barrie Kosky.