He came, he saw, he became a celebrated actor. And when death finally intruded, South Africans were more than happy to show up to celebrate actor Patrick Ndlovu. The thespian died on May 30 after about four decades in the film industry.
In that period, he had featured in several notable flicks and distinguished himself in the acting universe as well. Notable parts of his filmography include The Power Of One, Knuckle City, Yizo Yizo and Shaka Zulu.
At the Market Theater days ago, friends, family and colleagues turned up for the late actor’s memorial service. There, many touched on the film industry and the actor’s life as well, highlighting his contribution to South African film and what his death meant for the industry.
Some dwelled on the vitality of providing work for veteran actors, pointing to the late actor’s case and how he struggled to get work at some point after decades in the industry.
Dwelling on the same subject, the filmmaker Angus Gibson noted with regret that Ndlovu did not have a last great role at the time he died.
At any rate, Ndlovu’s contributions to South Africa’s entertainment industry are not in doubt and he will be missed for his acting gift.