It has been an honor to direct actor Larry Liu on several occasions. His wit, professionalism and solemnity were truly impressive each time.
Larry, who died at the age of 75, was seen in the films The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, as one of the nine Kings of Men) and Underworld: He had a long career, including appearing in Rise of the Lycans (as Costa). , 2009), as well as many theatrical parts in his adopted home of England and New Zealand.
Named after Laurence Olivier, he was born in Small Heath, birmingham, to Norman, the builder, and his wife, Joyce. He attended his Bordesley Green Technical School and the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art (known as “Chappies”, 1965-68).
After a brief stint as Assistant Stage Manager at the Midlands Arts Center Theater in Birmingham, he worked as Lep first at the Liverpool Playhouse and then at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, where he met his wife, Gwen Williams. I was an assistant stage manager.
They married in 1974 and settled in Birmingham. Soon, Larry landed his dream job as a teacher and director at Chappies, where he worked for 15 years. While at Chappies, he directed his first student production of the play The Road by Jim Cartwright.
When the marriage ended in divorce in 1984, Larry moved to new zealandwhere he worked extensively as an actor and director, and lived with his second long-term partner, fellow actor Roz Walls.
In New Zealand, he staged Matthew Saville’s Kikia Te Poa at the BATS Theater in Wellington in 2007, about Maori fighting in the Boer War, and won a National Critics Award for his contribution to race relations. and received high marks from the New Zealand United Nations Commission on Human Rights. in the country.
After Larry and Roz broke up in 2009, he returned to the UK in 2010 and continued to make films until his 70s, including a key part of Carl Scott Morton alongside Neil Morrissey in the 2019 film Crucible of the Vampires. continued to play the role of
It was fitting that Larry played the King of Men in Lord of the Rings.
In his spare time, he loved walking his dog on the canals around Birmingham and would often find hot drinks and muffins in coffee shops.
He is survived by Gwen, who he lived with after returning to the UK.
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