Denis Smith is one of those broadcasters whose name is normally preceded by "the legendary" in South
African radio circles.
Like many people working in SA radio, Denis never restricted himself to one job. At the time of
The Avengers, he was an actor, a presenter, an announcer, and, most tellingly, a newsreader.
He fulfilled the latter role on Springbok Radio, reading the evening news in
The World At 7.00pm.
In drama, Denis played many roles in many productions including an adaptation of
The Caine Mutiny (with Michael
Mayer) in which he played an American character. The actor, Ron Furnival was drafted in
from Cape Town to play the lead. Bizarrely, Furnival, the only genuine American on the cast, was
the only player in the production who received criticism for his 'phoney' American accent!
Denis has recently been presenting
a weekly five-minute series, Living Like Animals, which explores through humour, modern
day life in South Africa.
Denis is now retired.