South Africans woke up to devastating news as a legendary actor and definitely a south african favorite has passed away.
Former RythmCity actor Jamie Bartlet Popularly known as David Genaro or Mike O’Reilly from Isidingo has passed away at the age of 55.
Bartlett was a well-known and multi-faceted South African actor prior to starring in Rhythm City. He started playing his role as David Genaro in 2007. He was the first person to speak in scene 1 on the TV series Isidingo as character Mike O’Riley when it was aired on South African television. On the set of Isidingo, he acted opposite Hlomla Dandala who acted as Derek Nyathi.
In 1997, Bartlett acted in the action MNET movie made for TV- The Sexy Girls . The gang-movie genre showcased the realities of the gangster life in Cape Town.
Bartlett also guest starred in the South African, Canadian TV series Jozi-H, a hospital drama set in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was also a judge on SA’s Got Talent alongside Shadow Twala and DJ Fresh. [Source: Wikipedia
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.
Bartlett’s movie career began with American movies, 1987 action sequel film American Ninja 2 and subsequently the 1993 American Ninja 5 where he acted alongside Michael Dudikoff and Steve James.
Bartlett also had a supporting role playing Joss in the 2003 romantic drama Beyond Borders, an epic tale of turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers, with Angelina Jolie.
In the 2004 British film drama Red Dust, Bartlett acted in a supporting role of Dirk Hendricks, a local policeman, opposite Hilary Swank where Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper directed the film. The film, based on the novel Red Dust by Gillian Slovo sees a New York lawyer Sarah Barcant (Hilary Swank) return to the place where she grew up, South Africa. Barcant returns to fight the case of Alex Mpondo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a black politician who was tortured during the apartheid regime. The truth of the killing of Mpondo’s comrade Steve Sizela by Piet Muller (Ian Roberts) is confirmed by Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett).
The 2007 horror thriller Prey, saw Bartlett playing a supportive role as Crawford, a professional hunter and guide. A film where an American family whilst on holiday in South Africa get lost while on a game reserve and are stalked by lions. Crawford’s services are enlisted in an attempt to track the lost family, who ventured into the park on a game drive but were surrounded by lions.
Bartlett starred in the 2010 children’s parable White Lion, alongside fellow South African Best Actor Tony Award Winner John Kani and Thabo Malema. The film won the SAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography in a feature film, Best Music Composition in a feature film and Best Sound Design in a feature film. Filmed on location at the Kingdom of the White Lion, SA Lion Park, Nash’s Farm, Glen Afric and Entabeni Game Reserve, Bartlett played a professional hunter.
Bartlett starred in the movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom, written by Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa. In the film, Bartlett played the supporting role of Sergeant James Gregory. [Source : Wikipedia]