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Donald Monat (1928 - 2018)

 
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Alan
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:38 am    Post subject: Donald Monat (1928 - 2018) Reply with quote

Sorry to say that I have been contacted by Donald's family, who have told me that sadly Donald passed away last September.

Donald will of course be best remembered here as John Steed in the South African radio version of The Avengers, a role which he played brilliantly for two years between 1971 and 1973.

Donald was also a writer, film and radio director and voice artiste. He was a great help to me in creating the Avengers on the Radio site (now a part of The Avengers Declassified) and he also came to the forerunner of this forum to answer members questions. This event is preserved at Declassified:

http://www.declassified.hiddentigerbooks.co.uk/radio_monat_forum.htm

Donald Monat - March 15th 1928 to September 12th 2018
Remembered with a smile and a tip of the bowler

R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:00 am    Post subject: Re: Donald Monat (1928 - 2018) Reply with quote

Great loss! Sad

Donald was a memorable actor, at first widely known as Steed in South Africa and then all over the world thanks to the recordings that Alan carefully "set in order" and then gave to listen to anyone who wished.

Unfortunately, I could never properly evaluate Donald's work as Steed, but I liked his voice and gentlemanly approach to these productions.

My thoughts are with Donald's family and all Avengers fans. RIP.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is indeed a great loss. A lovely man, so kind and helpful. And like Patrick Macnee, a proper gentleman.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad news, another to add to the loses of 2018.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Doubly sad that the news took a while to get out.

His contribution to The Avengers is understandably overlooked globally, but in South Africa he WAS John Steed, and hugely popular.

A sad loss to fans of The Avengers and to all who knew this kind, warm-hearted family man.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really sad news. After Patrick Macnee, Donald Monat is my favourite Steed. He didn't try to copy Patrick's version, but brought his own interpretation to the role and made it his own. RIP
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about Donald Monat; he was great as John Steed in the Radio version.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad news - the South African radio series crucially retained the spirit of the television series and showed how The Avengers should be dramatized and transferred to radio and audio productions with plays/serials today.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is indeed sad news. Donald and his Steed still keep me company on many an audio outing! A nice chap, and a real gent.
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