George Ballot Obituary – Death: Famous South Africa Actor and Vyfster TV Drama Actor “Skollie” Dies at 77

George Ballot Obituary: George Ballot, a well-known Vyfster actor who was fondly referred to as Skollie, regrettably passed away. He passed away at the age of 77 on Monday, October 2, 2023, at his home in Riebeek-Kasteel. He was confirmed dead through a post shared on social media by Smile90.4 FM that says, “The actor George Ballot, known for his role as Skollie in the TV drama Vyfster, was found dead in his home in Riebeek-Kasteel on Monday. It is suspected that he had a heart attack or aneurysm. He was 77”.

George Ballot Career

The South African actor George Ballot, known for his talents on stage, television, and film, has made a lasting impression on the entertainment world.

He is perhaps most known for his compelling performance as Skollie in the classic TV drama series “Vyfster” and its motion picture adaptation, “Vyfster: Die Slot.” Ballot, a graduate of the University of Pretoria, entered the acting business in 1968 when he joined Truk. He appeared on stage in a variety of noteworthy performances over the years.

The classic films “Professor Poffel and Professor Moffel” (1968), “Circus Adventure” (1969), “Kinkels in die Kabel” (1970), “Mattewis and Meraai” (1970), “Seener in the Suburbs” (1971), “Die Seemeeu” (1972), “Toiings” (1973), “Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey” (1975), and “A Seder falls in Waterkloof”

From ‘Vyfster’ to Household Name

In ‘Vyfster’, Ballot played the character Skollie Williams, a role that earned him widespread recognition and made him a household name. ‘Vyfster’ aired for two seasons between 1984 and 1986, captivating audiences with its gripping storyline and strong performances. Ballot’s portrayal of Skollie Williams was praised for its depth and authenticity, contributing significantly to the show’s success.

An Iconic Theme Song

Adding to the show’s popularity was its theme song, composed by Trevor Nasser. The ‘Vyfster’ theme song is widely regarded as one of the most iconic songs in South Africa’s television history. Its haunting melody and memorable lyrics resonated with viewers, adding to the overall impact of the series and further cementing Ballot’s fame.

A Lasting Legacy

George Ballot’s passing is a significant loss to the South African entertainment industry. His work in ‘Vyfster’ and other productions left a lasting impression on audiences and colleagues alike. By bringing complex characters to life with sincerity and skill, Ballot helped shape the landscape of South African television. His death is mourned by fans and industry professionals, and his legacy will continue to influence and inspire future generations of actors.