Person - Keith Eden

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KEITH DRESSITER GILLIES EDEN (1917 - 2003)

"Look Sharply, There!" in the Sydney NT revue Pot of Message featured Plonk Bar Cecil, lampooning ex-CPA member Cecil Herbert Sharpley who named people at the 1949 Royal Commission on Communism in Victoria. (When he was due to appear CPA members took front seats facing him and released mice into the room.) Sharpley became a prize defector with a bodyguard and secret hideaway. Called before the Commission, Keith Eden, a leading figure in Actors Equity, denied membership of the CPA but said he had been victimised by employers after being named by Sharpley.

Melbourne actor Keith Eden worked on stage and was a household name in radio by the 1930s. His Australian credits include television movies The Astronauts, Macbeth, Murder in the Cathedral, and Antony and Cleopatra in which he played Antony, and television series Consider Your Verdict, Hunter, Rush, Homicide, Division 4, The Sullivans, Matlock Police, Holiday Island, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Prisoner, Blue Heelers and Bellbird. Keith Eden had a small part in the film On the Beach.



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