Famous South African Film Critic, Barry Ronge, Dies at Age 74

Famous South African Film Critic, Barry Ronge, Dies at Age 74

Barry Ronge, a well-known film reviewer and media figure in South Africa has passed away. The eponymous raconteur passed away on July 3, 2022. Age-wise, he was 74.

Barry Ronge, 74, a South African film critic, passed away.

Barry Johann Ronge, a famous and prolific South African film and art critic and writer, passed away at the age of 74 in Johannesburg. Ronge, who retired in 2014, passed away on Sunday, July 3, at home while being held by his life partner Albertus Van Dyk. He asked that his passing not be made public until a week had passed. The past 45 years have seen them as a pair.

Bridget Van Oerle, a spokesperson for The Buz Factor, told eNCA that Ronge passed away from old age and natural causes when he was with his life partner Albertus van Dyk and that he only wanted the news to be released one week after he passed away. Albertus is clearly very, extremely depressed. It is a huge loss.

They spent 45 years together. They had a wonderful connection. Ronge was raised on the West Rand and attended Florida Park High School. He was born in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Following his graduation from the University of the Witwatersrand, he started his teaching career at St. John’s College. This was followed by a ten-year term as a literature lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Between 1980 and 1982, he made history by becoming the first male journalist to cover the Women’s Page of The Star newspaper in Johannesburg. He was also the founding editor of Star Tonight, The Star’s entertainment edition.

Food Critic

Barry Ronge worked as a food critic for the Sandton Living magazine in the late 1980s. He went by the alias Ms. Rebecca Parker and reviewed restaurants and foods. Ronge gained notoriety for his long-running Spit ‘n Polish column, which he wrote for the now-defunct Sunday Times magazine and had turned into a book in 2006, and for his Sunday-night radio program on 702, which Albertus produced from 1989 to 2004.

The South African journalist worked as a reporter for M-(DStv Net’s 101) entertainment magazine programs including Front Row and reviewed movies for M-Revue Net’s Plus. Later, he fronted TV shows that were created with his role as a South African film critic in mind.

Barry Ronge established himself as South Africa’s most well-known and dreaded film critic on M-(DStv Net’s 101) Cinemagic with Barry Ronge and later SABC3’s Screenplay, where he would rate movies with alliterative numbers like a “Titanic 10” or a “Failing Four.”

Later, he began lending his voice to the SABC2 arts and entertainment program Artcha. The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize was the new name of the Sunday Times’ award for South African literature in 2015. As soon as the news of his passing broke on Saturday, tributes poured in.

Barry Ronge Age, Family, Early Life

The year 1948 saw the birth of Barry Ronge in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a South African Nationality. His Zodiac sign is not known. He belongs to the white ethnicity.

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On Barry Ronge’s parents, there is currently no information known.

Barry Ronge Wife, What about his Children?

Albertus Van Dyk and Barry Ronge were wed up until his passing. That maf, they cohabited happily. Before passing away in 2022, Barry Ronge could have conceived.

Barry, though, has kept some family discussions and secrets from the general public.

Barry Ronge’s Career, What was his profession?

Ronge was a raconteur, columnist, writer, broadcaster, and journalist from South Africa. He was one of the most well-known film reviewers in the nation as well as one of its most-read (and talked about) columnists.

Later, he went on to work as a print and internet journalist with an emphasis on the arts. Ronge is most known for his Sunday Times Spit and Polish column, his film reviews for the publication, and his Sunday night show on Radio 702. He penned his final piece for the Sunday Times on February 23, 2014, after 27 years of service. The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize was the new name of the Sunday Times’ award for South African literature in 2015.

How much is Barry Ronge Net worth?

Barry Ronge was a millionaire with rumoreded $2 million in wealth. He is a well-known media professional who gained money in the industry.              

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Which school and college did he go to?

Barry Ronge was a student at Florida Park High. After completing his studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, he started his teaching career at St. John’s College before working for ten years as a literature lecturer at the same institution.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Barry Ronge is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Barry Ronge’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Barry Ronge’s should be knows

NationalitySouth African
EthnicityWhite
Zodiac signNot Available
Relationship StatusMarried

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