Vale: Ronne Arnold

Entertainer Ronne Arnold, who had roles in Number 96 and Holiday Island, has died.

He died on Thursday at Blue Mountains Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Philadelphia around 1938, Arnold came to Australia in 1960 to appear in West Side Story, appearing in musicals and dance productions throughout the 1960s and 1970s and into the 1980s.

In 1967 he founded the Australian Contemporary Dance Company, working as a choreographer and dance teacher, including dance co-ordinator for Bangarra Dance Theatre’s tour to Indonesia in 1991. Stage productions also included Pippin and A Chorus Line. In 2013 he was awarded a Life Achievement Award at the Australian Dance Awards.

Arnold’s TV credits include ongoing roles in Number 96 and Holiday Island plus appearances in The Stranger, Spyforce, Cop Shop, Skyways, Kingswood Country, and Body Business.

3 Comments:

  1. I believe he also played a Vietnam deserter who faced racial abuse in Bellbird
    In Number 96, his interracial kiss with Sonia (Lyn Kirkby), one of the first on TV anywhere in the world was the major reason the show could never have screened in America … not to mention the sex and nudity too

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