When the character Deadly Earnest was finished in 1972, did you make the decision to stop or were there other circumstances that led to Deadly's demise? The name Ralph Baker has over 627 birth records, 305 death records, 123 criminal/court records, 1450 address records, 365 phone records and more. Ralph Baker, Deadly Earnest, puppeteer and television producer died yesterday. All sorts of things I took in my stride as Deadly would absolutely horrify me as Ralph Baker. The exception to that, I guess, would be the time that I was actually on holidays way out to the south east of Melbourne, and they wanted me to make an appearance at the Ballarat Races during the Begonia Festival, so I actually had to drive down to Moorabin airport, they flew me from Moorabin up to Ballarat, and then I had to make-up there. Occasional he would conduct interviews, which included Shane Porteus and Ralph Baker, who had both played the horror host Deadly Earnest in the 1960-1970's. 19 In all, five men portrayed Deadly Earnest ; Ralph Baker, Ian Bannerman, Max Bostock, Hedley Cullen, and Shane Porteous with Ian Bannerman being the most popular. Brisbane had one, we started one in Melbourne, there was one in Adelaide – and I think the Adelaide one also covered Perth. MELBOURNE RALPH BAKER played the role of Deadly Earnest in Gothic style on ATV-0. No, it wasn't a case of me making any decision on the matter. Tags Australia Deadly Earnest Horror Host Ralph Baker, my sister and i loved watching him when we were young every friday night and some times saturdays i wish he was still on instead of the rubbish there is now. Naomi Swart does not appear in this episode. Q. 2 posts Deadly Earnest to come out of retirement for Melbourne horror trailer night! I don’t do an enormous amount of work now. Not for me! Taking on the role after moving to Channel 0 from GTV-9, Ralph had previously worked in the props department as well as appearing in comedy sketches on the original In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy. I worked for twenty-five years with a lady and her puppet theatre, Laurie Gardner. He’ll soon have his own dressing room with a scar on the door.”, “It is true, also, that coffin from which he comperes the show fits me like a pinewood glove. Deadly was supported by the unforgettable characters of Claw (played by Ralph’s left hand), Igor (the devouring sound-effect), Hoof (played by Ralph’s foot) and Lily (the skeleton). and it was a nice play on words that we could use, and it became Deadly’s signature line. He was diagnosed with myeloma in 2014. The tennis is on Channel Two! Many other television presenters of the day were quite jealous because Deadly could say “Look, I don’t know why you want to watch this movie, it’s absolutely dreadful!” which was absolutely true. Getting back to Deadly Earnest, how was the name chosen? I get those sorts of letters all the time – which I sadly have to hand over to the ASIO profiling unit…. Share with: Link: Copy link. NEW VIDEO ALERT! Deadly Earnest was a late-night horror host active on Australian television between 1961–78. We just took it that they were complimentary, and that was that. I was actually on In Melbourne Tonight and they sang Happy Birthday To Me on the show, so that’s something memorable, too. I’d forgotten all about the tennis and he reminded me.” The General Manager wasn’t actually very impressed. Supporting Deadly were the unforgettable characters of Ralph Baker was assistant producer on the Channel 10 comedy/drama/romance TV series Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday in 1969, and played Deadly Earnest in one episode with a haunted house plot. Well, people would write and say that, and he took it as a compliment, of course, it’s what I was supposed to be so it was very hard to know in that case, if they were really meaning to be nasty or if, in their nastiness, they were being complimentary. NEW VIDEO ALERT! But then, sadly, Laurie passed away and I continued on with my own puppet theatre which I’m still doing. I do a lot of kid’s birthday parties, some work in kindergartens and primary schools, and during school holidays I get a lot of work in school holiday programs and even shopping centres on occasion. Show, Kommotion and Uptight before he became a cult favourite playing Deadly Earnest from 1967 – 1973. 7 Inevitably the episode (segments of which were filmed on location at Hanging Rock) concerned a haunted house. So he was actually the first Deadly Earnest, and all the other channels throughout the 0-10 Network decided to follow suit, so there was one in almost every state. Deadly Earnest — the character devised in Perth and adapted with different performers in each capital city — became a popular attraction, particularly for younger viewers. Share. I would generally get made-up and dressed at the studio, and then from there we’d drive to where ever the venue was. How to Get Your Book or Comic Reviewed on HNN. I put the right-hand glove on then I put on the left-hand glove, except it was two right-handed gloves, and as soon as I put my right glove on my left hand, it immediately looked grotesque, so we kept it. YouTube: Lushscreamqueen — Schlock Treatment, Source: TV Tonight. Well, we didn’t have to choose the name, it came to us all ready, saying “We want you to do this character called Deadly Earnest,” and we looked at the spelling of it, where Earnest was spelled E.A.R.N.E.S.T. On Saturday night, Deadly Earnest lives again. The station had run out of programmes to screen. With an early interest in amateur theatre, Baker gained some experience appearing in sketches on GTV9 ‘s In Melbourne Tonight. I’d walk into the make-up room as Ralph Baker, sit down in the make-up chair, and one hour later I’d emerge as Deadly Earnest, and there really was a change that took place. Toward the end of our twenty-five years together we slowed down somewhat. A. I did do a bit in The Magic Circle Club once as another character, just a small character, in part of their show, and I also stood-in once for Fifi Bear in The Magic Circle Club. They’d write poems and all sorts of things that I was able to read and use on-air. Ralph married Mariam in 1993 following the untimely death of his first wife in 1991. Baker, who also produced sitcom Good Morning Mr Doubleday, continued to play Deadly Earnest on screen until 1973. A. The program was evidently successful enough to spawn local versions on each of the TEN affiliate stations in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. A. Please share - nominations for THE HORROR HOST HALL OF FAME 2019 clo... se in a couple of days, and two Aussies are on the ballot: Melbourne's DEADLY EARNEST (Ralph Baker 1968-1972) and NIGEL HONEYBONE (2007-)! We found 679 entries for Ralph Baker in the United States. Ralph Baker played the role of Deadly Earnest in true Gothic style on ATV-0. Way, way, back in the 1960's, way before Elvira, a favourite amongst Australian students was Deadly Earnest, the TV schlock horror host.Late on Friday nights, the atrocious old sci-fi and horror films became compulsory viewing, solely because of the gothic master of ceremonies. Q. I happen to know Deadly Earnest is not the only character you’ve played on television. He told the paymaster “Take Ralph’s envelope out and tell him he’s not going to get paid.” They did come good, fortunately, but that was his little joke to get back at me. https://televisionau.com/2020/07/obituary-ralph-baker.html, Seven Tasmania newsreader’s late farewell, TV At 60: TCN9, Australia’s first channel. When was the last time you appeared as Deadly? Ralph Baker, the TV producer and floor manager who became a late-night favourite as Melbourne’s Deadly Earnest, has died at the age of 80. Q. See 'Deadly Earnest/Aweful Movies' 13 November 2007 He then gained a job … There was a local 'Earnest' in several capitals, with Sydney's Ian Bannerman being the original. I was handed a dead rat another time at a university function that I attended. But to accuse me of being Earnest would be as absurd as claiming that Mary Poppins is really Julie Andrews.”. One of the problems with working for community television is I have to do my own make-up – did you ever have that problem? His wardrobe is not restricted to this single jacket. Q. I believe you made a lot of public appearances, too? Ralph Baker is survived by son Davin Baker, daughter Naomi Miller and second wife Mariam and her daughter Melina Macdonald. Show was Ralph Baker, who became well known in Melbourne in the late 1960s as Melbourne's version of "Deadly Earnest", the late night horror movie presenter. But Deadly himself was played by different people in different states because back in those days there was no satellite link to beam the show across the land. These separate versions existed because, in this pre-satellite era, the capital-city TV stations of t… Will we see him again any time soon? They asked me if I’d like to do it, showed me footage of Ian Bannerman’s work in Sydney and then we set about writing and producing our own version. 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