Frank Thring 1926-1994

Frank Thring

Frank Thring

It was entirely appropriate that Frank Thring’s final stage appearance, in 1992, was in Humorists Read the Humorists for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, when he shared the stage of the Athenaeum Theatre with Bea Arthur, Wendy Harmer, Nigel Triffitt and others.

Frank Thring died on 29 December 1994.

 

Thring appeared for commercial managements in Robert and Elizabeth (1966), Hadrian VII (1969) and The Kingfisher (1978). For the State Theatre Company of South Australia he played the title role in Othello (1975) and was in the Sydney Theatre Company’s Close of Play (1980). His Australian films include Age of Consent (1969), Ned Kelly (1970), Alvin Purple Rides Again (1974), Mad Dog Morgan (1976) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1976).

On television he appeared in The Noel Ferrier Show (1964), The Ray Taylor Show (1965), Skippy (1966), Salome (1968), Up the Convicts (1976), Against the Wind (1978), Bodyline (1984) and The Gerry Connolly Show (1988). His excoriating stage and television reviews in The Argus and TV Week amused readers but lost him many friends.

It was entirely appropriate that Frank Thring’s final stage appearance, in 1992, was in Humorists Read the Humorists for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, when he shared the stage of the Athenaeum Theatre with Bea Arthur, Wendy Harmer, Nigel Triffitt and others.

Frank Thring died on 29 December 1994. His wife, Joan, survived him. She had pursued her own career in the arts, devoting 10 demanding years to managing the affairs of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. She was among the many theatre identities who spoke at the celebration of Thring’s life at the Victorian Arts Centre’s Playhouse on 5 March 1995.

In his will Thring left funds to establish an annual scholarship at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

The name Frank Thring still appears on movie credits, but these days it is the nom-de-cinéma of one William Wright, whose many directorial credits include gems like Anal Sluts and Sweethearts and Big Tit Teasers. To be perfectly Frank, our Mr Thring would have appreciated the irony!

Frank Van Straten, 2007

Media Gallery

Cartoon of Frank Thring

Biographical references

Sally Dawes: ‘Frank Thring’, in Companion to Theatre in Australia, Currency Press, 1995
A Tribute to Frank, booklet published for the celebration of Thring’s memory, Victorian Arts Centre Playhouse, 5 March 1995