Throughout his prolific acting and directing career, Albert Maritz has left audiences begging for more.
From deep inside himself, Albert has been mining his soul for nearly four decades to bring characters to life. And he’s left an indelible mark on stage and screen in South Africa.
Thanks to his father, well-known actor Dawie Maritz, he had acting in his genes. “Best thing was that I grew up in radio studios and back-stage – even having my own shifts as announcer at the Goodwood Show,” he said. At age 12, he made his debut appearance on stage and the rest, as they say, is history.
Armed with drama credentials from the Akademie vir Dramakuns and the University of Stellenbosch, he also holds a Higher Education Diploma from UNISA. Albert started his freelance acting career in earnest with a PACT contract in 1985. His own theatre production company, Allie-se-Produksies, produced musical shows for the likes of Johannes Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis, Nataniël and The Jazz Pioneers.
Over the years he’s garnered many award nominations for radio, TV and stage. On stage he made a name for himself in productions such as Deon Opperman’s critically acclaimed Stille Nag; Breyten Breytenbach’s controversial Die Toneelstuk; Yerma; and most recently as Heidi’s grandfather in the musical Heidi.
Albert explained that his training in education stood him in good stead as producer-director for a number of educational and development programmes aimed at women and young people in the Cape. These have included Prokara, Survivor, Stop the Tears and Lang Tentakels.
“Since 2004 my work as producer and director focused on reviving interest in classic South African works – particularly Afrikaans plays. Among these are DJ Opperman’s Joernaal van Jorik; Adam Small’s Kanna hy kô hystoe; Pieter Fourie’s Faan se Trein, Faan se Stasie and Mooi Maria; Die Van Aardes van Grootoor by Pieter-Dirk Uys; Athol Fugard’s Playland; Chris Barnard’s Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër Pa and Taraboemdery; as well as PG du Plessis’ Die Nag van Legio.
“As director I enjoy finding cohesion between different people. It also presents a great opportunity of working with different artists’ arsenal of talent and artistry.”
At various times presenter, director, editor and scriptwriter for television, he said his oldest love, which again has surfaced, was reading short stories for Radio sonder Grense and dubbing.
Over the years Albert’s face has become a familiar one on film and TV in a number of single dramas and well-known series: Galery, Konings, Torings, the highly-regarded Arende, Africa P.I., Egoli, Buurtwag and Dwaalster. Most notably, his role as Captain Willie Nagel in the 2006 kykNET drama series Orion made him a household name. His latest TV acting role concluded in October after 13 episodes as lead actor in Alles Malan. Albert also starred in films opposite Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Joseph Fiennes and Jennifer Hudson. Currently he can be seen in Liewe Lisa, ‘n Man soos my Pa, Blood and Glory and Griekwastad.
As a Melkbosstrand resident since 1997, Albert is over the moon with his life in the avenues. Not only is Melkbos his all-time favourite West Coast spot, but he also loves the restaurants, with Castello Amaré being on his hot list.
Formerly a keen paddle skier until the wisdom of age made him more cautious, he now spends his free time cycling, boxing and practising yoga.
To veg out I watch Game of Thrones
As sport spectator I like athletics, rugby, cricket & netball
I love eating pizza, or veggies when caught in the act
My signature drink is espresso
Favourite reads are good Afrikaans books
Pets are Belgian Sheepdog Daantjie, Dachhunds Tundra & Bubbles and grandma Golden Retriever Nina