Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
Crocodile Dundee, Crownies, Water Rats
Currently Known For:
Home and Away
December 31, 1969
Just because you’re not the big international star that gets featured on the posters of blockbuster movies doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good acting career. Plenty have made a living playing supporting roles for decades, including Ritchie Singer. From TV movies to television shows, Singer has been known for several key roles in his career, with the first installment of the “Crocodile Dundee” franchise being one of the big highlights.
In the mid 1980s, Singer would make his on-screen acting debut on the Australian miniseries “Palace of Dreams”, playing the role of Meyer. That same year, Singer appeared in the film “Bliss” and a pair of episodes as Max Moore in the series “The Story of Johnny O’Keefe”. One year late in 1986, Singer would play a part in “Crocodile Dundee”. In the film, Singer played the role of a conman, which ended up being a brief one. Because it was a one-off appearance, Singer didn’t appear in either of the other two “Crocodile Dundee” films that followed in 1988 and 2001, but it was far and away the most successful of the trilogy.
Many of the first film’s characters had come back for either one or both of the following movies, though Singer didn’t become one of them. Obviously, Paul Hogan would be a mainstay as the star, earning himself international recognition. Linda Kozlowski (Sue Charlton) and Gerry Skilton (Nugget O’Cass) were a rare pair of actors that also appeared in all three films.
For the remainder of the 1980s, Singer had appeared in a handful of movies. This included “Cappuccino”, “Encounters at Raven’s Gate” and “Two Brothers Running”. The 1990s would then start off with several guest spots on television. From “The Flying Doctors” to “Police Rescue” and “Boys from the Bush”, Singer was a regular at being a guest.
Toward the end of the decade, Singer had landed his first role as a recurring character. On the long-running series “Water Rats”, Singer had a role as Terry Madigan during the season that aired in 1998. He also had a role in the miniseries “Kings in Grass Castles”, with roles in the film “Paperback Hero” and the TV movie “The Man Who Sued God” to end the millennium.
In the first decade, Singer hadn’t appeared on screen much. He had roles in another TV movie along with another guest appearance, this time coming in the popular series “The IT Crowd”. It seemed that a regular role was finally put into place for Singer as he was cast as Justice Rosenberg in the show “Crownies”. However, the series was cancelled after its first season.
Since then, Singer has remained quite busy. He had small parts in 2013 with multiple films including “Rapture-Palooza”, and more recently has had guest spots on the shows “A Place to call Home” and “Home and Away” to go along with an upcoming role in the short film “12th Round”. Out of all of his work, it’s perhaps “Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure” that was released as a television film in 2005.
Singer even got the chance to work with his fellow “Crocodile Dundee” alumni down the road when he was in the film “Charlie’s Country”. The film starred David Gulpilil in the title role, who had played Neville Bell in the first film of the series. In “Charlie’s Country”, Singer played a minor role, appearing as the Darwin Hospital doctor. It was one of many films in Australia that have featured multiple actors that have made appearances in “Crocodile Dundee” movies, with this one being a highlight.
Even if he hasn’t been the main star in television shows or blockbuster movies, Singer has had a lengthy career in acting. Outside of his work on screen, Singer has had plenty of credits to his name on the stage. In fact, the stage is where Singer got his start in acting when he was at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Australia during the early 1980s, performing in his first production, “Buried Child”.
Singer graduated from the academy in 1983 and has had theatrical performances which include “The Department” and the ever popular “The Odd Couple”. He now has an upcoming movie with Sony called “The Reckoning”. The horror film is directed by Neil Marshall, and will also star the likes of Ian Whyte, Charlotte Kirk and Craig Conway.
It just goes to show that there are plenty of acting roles out there, even if they aren’t the ones that pay millions of dollars and get featured on screen for an extended length, even in the major international hits. Singer has been a testament to hard working actors, having had credits in five different decades now. With the 2020s nearing, it’s likely that Singer will add a sixth decade to his resume, which is more than a lot of actors can ask for in their careers.