Ronald Sinclair

Ronald Sinclair (21 January 1924 – 22 November 1992), born Richard Arthur Hould and sometimes credited as Ra Hould or Ron Sinclair, was a child actor from New Zealand, turned film editor.

Ronald Sinclair
Ronald Sinclair in They Made Me a Criminal.jpg
Born
Richard Arthur Hould

(1924-01-21)21 January 1924
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died22 November 1992(1992-11-22) (aged 68)
OccupationActor & Film Editor
Years active1936–1989
Spouse(s)
Carol A. Larsen
(m. 1961)
Children1

Early yearsEdit

Sinclair was the son of Arthur Hould and Amy Beatrice Hould.[1]

Early careerEdit

Sinclair was a juvenile player turned film editor who retained his celebrity in his native New Zealand long after the end of his Hollywood acting career. Sinclair's feature credits include William Wellman's The Light That Failed, Tower of London, Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman, Raoul Walsh's Desperate Journey, and Thoroughbreds Don't Cry with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. He also appeared in a series of children's adventure films featuring the Five Little Peppers. Sinclair also starred in the 1938 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Reginald Owen. He played young Scrooge.

Late careerEdit

He served as a soldier during World War II. After that, he resumed work in 1955, and began a long, fruitful collaboration with producer-director Roger Corman, which led to a busy career in low-budget independent filmmaking. Sinclair edited Corman's directorial debut, Swamp Women, and went on to work on at least a dozen of Corman's other films including Day the World Ended, The Intruder, Thunder Alley, The Raven and The Trip. He also edited a number of films by another low-rent auteur with big ideas, Bert I. Gordon: The Amazing Colossal Man, Invasion of the Saucer Men, War of the Colossal Beast, Attack of the Puppet People, and The Spider.

He was also the President of the California Branch of the Humane Society of the United States. Sinclair died from respiratory failure at the Motion Picture & Television County Home on 22 November 1992. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered. He was survived by his wife, Carol, and son, Richard.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1936 Beloved Enemy Jerry Film debut
1937 A Doctor's Diary Michael Fielding
Dangerous Holiday Ronnie Kimball
Boots and Saddles Spud – aka Edward, Earl of Grandby
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry Roger Calverton
1938 A Christmas Carol Young Scrooge
1939 They Made Me a Criminal J. Douglas Williamson Uncredited
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew Jasper King
Tower of London Boy King Edward
The Light That Failed Dick as a Boy
1940 The Earl of Chicago Master Gerald Kilmount
Five Little Peppers at Home Jasper King
Out West with the Peppers
Five Little Peppers in Trouble
1941 That Hamilton Woman Josiah
1942 Desperate Journey Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis Final film

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harrison, Paul (13 November 1937). "Ronald Sinclair New Boy Actor Rival of Freddie Bartholomew". Times Colonist. Victoria BC. p. 23. Retrieved 7 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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