VETERAN actor Vincent Ball, recognized today on Australia Day for his stage and screen service, said “he could find a job now that people know I am still desire”. RECIPIENTS NSW
A veteran of the Australian stage and screen, Vincent Ball of the Central Coast has been recognized for his services to the performing arts.
Vincent Ball, from Chittaway Point on the central New South Wales coast, has been a prolific actor since 1951, appearing in Australian classics such as Muriel’s wedding, Tower of Phar and Morant Breaker as well as appearing on our television screens in shows such as Young doctors, Bangkok Hilton and To rush.
Now 92, Ball’s most recent role was a stint late last year in At home and away.
Ball, awarded an OAM in the Australian Day Honors List for service to the performing arts, joked to the ABC: “I hope now people know I’m still alive, they can give me a job. “
He said he was “stunned” by this honor.
“I learned in September that I had been nominated and just before Christmas that I had been accepted,” he said.
“I couldn’t share the news with anyone, but I have been flattered, honored, humiliated and stunned ever since.
“I have no idea who nominated me, but it’s always wonderful that your work is recognized.”
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1950, Ball said he had been “semi-retired” since 1951.
“This is the year I started working as an actor, but the nature of the industry is so precarious that you can never be sure of your next job,” he said.
His long and varied career has seen him appear in countless theatrical productions, films and television shows in Australia and England.
He counts A town like Alice, Morant Breaker, Tower of Phar and The man who pursued God like some of his favorite movie projects and his favorite co-actors like Peter Finch and Virginia McKenna (whom both of them met on the set of A town like Alice), Billy Connolly and Ray Meagher.
“Finchy and I have become great friends and have done a lot of things together and I still visit Virginia in England,” he said.
“It was a lot of fun working with Billy Connolly and Ray Meagher, who I first met on the set of Morant Breaker, is a delight.
“In this business you have to do a lot of bullshit to pay the bills, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed most of the things that I did.”
Born in Australia, Ball lived in England for a few years starting in 1948, where he received his RADA degrees and enjoyed a steady job before returning to Australia in the 1970s.