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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.
Richard Arthur Hould
21 January 1924
Dunedin, New Zealand
|Died||22 November 1992 (aged 68)|
|Occupation||Actor & Film Editor|
Carol A. Larsen
Sinclair was the son of Arthur Hould and Amy Beatrice Hould.
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.
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.
|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|
- 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)