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Becoming an Established Actor


Trader as Richard in John Gielgud’s production of “The Lady’s Not for Burning” at the Royale Theatre in New York, 1951

It was a young Peter Finch who introduced Trader to the world of acting in 1946 and persuaded him that he had what it took to be a success. A lack of finances meant that Trader hadn’t been able to go to University so he was concentrating on becoming an established actor and with Peter Finch’s help and contacts was soon involved in the theatre and radio in Sydney. It was also at that time that Trader trained as an acrobat with Ted Ardini, spending many weeks plucking up the courage and skill to perfect a back flip that he would continue to practise until the age of seventy-two.

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The Name that Stuck

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Trader’s last day on Queenscliff Beach, Sydney in March 1950 before leaving for London.

The nickname Trader was established following an episode when Ronald was just seven years old. Money was tight during the 1930s and his father John helped to make ends meet by distilling whiskey which was then sold to friends in the neighborhood. He had been bottling the latest batch of his potent brew in the bathtub and had some left over, providing little Ronald with an opportunity to solve a dilemma. Continue reading