Don McCorkindale was born in the United Kingdom, the son of Don McCorkindale Sr., a boxer who
represented South Africa in the 1936 Olympics, notably negotiating the inclusion of a non-white
boxer in the team. Don Sr. went on to be involved in films, his credits including the Gracie
Fields vehicle, We're Going to be Rich (1938) in which he played "the killer". Later,
Freddie Mills, Cruiserweight Boxing Champion of the World from 1948-1950, became Don's step-father.
After completing his British National Service in Germany on the Rhine, Don was chosen by Lord
Bernard Miles to go to Canada with a production of Treasure Island. Don would go on to be
directed by Miles' daughter, Sally, in The Wakefield Mystery Cycle at The Mermaid Theatre.
His first job in the West End of London was in the musical, Instant Marriage during which
he proposed and married his wife, Kate. In 2002, they celebrate thirty-seven years of instant
Early film roles included appearances in two early Carry On films, Carry on Cabby (1963)
after making his mark in the first film in the series, Carry on Sergeant (1958).
Following up these, and other, early successes, Don pursued his career in showbusiness by
returning to work in South Africa in 1968. As well as featuring in the Sonovision radio series of
The Avengers there, he also variously acted in radio, television, film and on the stage.
His first production in South Africa was for the acclaimed Israeli director, Albert Ninio, when
he played Etienne in Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. This was produced by another of South
Africa's leading theatrical lights, Roy Cook. Many productions later he was to star opposite
Molly Seftal, the doyenne of South African theatre, in the Marowitz's Shrew, for which he
received a nomination for best actor.
Among Don's radio credits is the memorable and long-running My Name Is Adam Kane, where he
played the title role, an East London 'super-agent', very much in the mould of Michael Caine's
Harry Palmer. Don's performances in this series, made at Manley van Niekerk Studios, were
outstanding and well-judged.
Don left South Africa in 1976 to go "walkabout" with his wife Kate, and children Danny and
Sara. This trek took in most of Northern Europe, before the family settled for two years in Corfu.
Don McCorkindale in now a theatrical agent in London, at MakDee Management. He continues to "keep
his hand in" with various film, television and radio engagements. Among these have been
appearances in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) and The Bill (1999). Don
also enjoyed a stint as a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company in 1994 and 1995.
After leaving the BBC RDC, Don set up his own theatrical agency which he ran for about three years. Yearning
to be back in the business as an actor, he found himself a new agent, who has in Don's words, been superb.
His recent TV appearances have been in Bad Girls, Heartbeat and Eastenders (screened early 2005).
He will also be seen as General Eisenhower in BBC1's production of D-Day to Berlin to coincide with the
anniversary, in May 2005, of V-E Day.
Don McCorkindale with Alan Hayes