The Malta Independent 21 February 2019, Thursday

Actor Charles Thake dies, aged 90

Saturday, 12 May 2018, 21:49 Last update: about 10 months ago

Actor Charles Thake died this evening, his son David said.

He was 91.

Writing on Facebook, David Thake said: "Malta has lost one of its finest. My Dad has taken his last breath and is now chatting away to his beloved wife and my loving Mum.

"It is terrible to receive the news just when you have to catch a flight. I missed you by a few hours. But the love you gave will shine forever.

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"Thank you Daddy. God bless you and give you the rest and the peace you deserve.

"I am devastated."

Thake was born in Senglea on 21 December 1927. He joined the civil service as a clerk typist and in 1952 was appointed welfare officer, a position he occupied for 33 years.

Thae started his acting career aged 15 in a school production of Romeo and Juliet. In 1947 he started acting with Maleth and in British Institute productions. After a 10-year break he resumed his theatre work in 1962 when he took part in Treasure in Malta, a film which was shot locally.

Thake appeared in various plays produced by Maleth, Atturi Theatre Group and MADC.

On TV, he took part in teleseries such as "Inkwiet" and "F'Bahar Wiehed".

He also produced several TV shows.

Thake took part in films such as "Midnight Express", "Christopher Colombus" and "The Protectors".

He was married to Lina, who died a few months ago, and with whom he had six children.

Source: Dictionary of Maltese Biographies, Michael J. Schiavone.

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