Judith Durham’s husband, Ronald Edgeworth Biography: Movies, Songs, Net Worth, Age, Parents, Instagram, Family

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye February 19, 2024

Ronald Edgeworth was a talented and versatile British actor and composer best known for marrying Judith Durham, the lead singer of the Australian folk music group the Seekers.

He had a long and diverse career in the entertainment industry, from pop music to stage shows to television and film.

He was also a devoted husband who supported his wife’s musical endeavours and cared for her during her illness.

Profile

  • Full name: Ronald Edgeworth
  • Nickname: Ron
  • Date of birth: January 29, 1938
  • Age: 56 years old (at the time of death)
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: England, UK
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Actor and composer
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Parents: N/A
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Judith Durham (m. 1969-1994)
  • Children: N/A
  • Relationship status: Widowed
  • Net worth: $5 million

Early Life & Education

Ronald Edgeworth was born in England, UK, on January 29, 1938. He grew up in a musical family and learned to play the piano at a young age. He attended the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied classical music and composition.

He also developed a keen interest in jazz and pop music, and joined several bands and groups in his youth.

He was influenced by artists such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter.

Personal Life

Ronald Edgeworth met Judith Durham in 1966 when she visited the UK with the Seekers. He was working as a pianist and arranger for the John Barry Seven, a pop group that accompanied the Seekers on their concerts. They fell in love and married in 1969 in a private ceremony in London.

They settled in Surrey, where they lived in a “Seekers’ End” cottage. They had no children, but they had a close and loving relationship.

They shared a passion for music and collaborated on several projects, such as the album “Gift of Song” in 1974 and the musical “Valentine” in 1982.

They also supported each other’s solo careers and encouraged each other to pursue their artistic dreams. Ronald was especially supportive of Judith’s decision to return to the Seekers in 1993 after a long hiatus.

He accompanied her on the piano and helped her rehearse and record. He also cared for her when she suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1990 and nursed her back to health.

Career

Ronald Edgeworth had a prolific and varied career in the entertainment industry. He started as a pianist and composer for the John Barry Seven, a popular pop group in the 1950s and 1960s.

They performed on several TV shows, such as “Drumbeat” and “Oh Boy!“, and recorded several hit songs, such as “Hit and Miss” and “James Bond Theme”.

They also supported famous singers like Adam Faith, Shirley Bassey, and Tom Jones. Ronald also composed and arranged music for artists like Matt Monro, Cilla Black, and Dusty Springfield.

In the 1960s, Ronald also ventured into acting and stage shows. He joined the Trebletones, a vocal-instrumental stage and nightclub act that performed in various venues, such as the London Palladium, the Talk of the Town, and the Savoy Hotel.

He also appeared in several TV and film productions, such as “The Avengers”, “The Saint”, “The Persuaders”, and “The Man Who Haunted Himself”. He also wrote and starred in his TV show, “The Ron Edgeworth Show”, in 1968.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Ronald focused more on his composing and musical theatre career. He wrote and produced several albums, such as “Gift of Song” with Judith Durham, “The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits” with the Seekers, and “Ron Edgeworth Plays the Music of George Gershwin”.

He also wrote and directed several musicals, such as “Valentine” with Judith Durham, “The Seekers’ Story” with the Seekers, and “The Magic of the Musicals” with various stars.

He also composed music for films such as “The Stud”, “The Bitch”, and “The World Is Full of Married Men”.

In the 1990s, Ronald continued to work as a pianist and composer until his health deteriorated. He accompanied Judith Durham on her comeback tour with the Seekers in 1993 and recorded a live album, “The Silver Jubilee Album”, with them.



He also composed and recorded a solo album, “Ron Edgeworth Plays the Music of Cole Porter”, released posthumously in 1995.

Net Worth

Ronald Edgeworth’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

He was likely to have earned substantial money from his long and successful career in the entertainment industry.

Death

Ronald Edgeworth died on December 10, 1994, from motor neurone disease, a progressive neurological condition that affects the muscles and nerves.

He was 56 years old. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1992 and gradually lost his ability to speak and move.

He spent his last days at home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the garden of his cottage.

His death was mourned by his wife, Judith Durham, who wrote a tribute song for him called “Ronnie, My Love”.

His death was also mourned by his fans, colleagues, and the public, who remembered him as a talented and kind-hearted man.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Twitter handle: N/A

Filmography

  • The Avengers (1961) – TV series
  • The Saint (1962) – TV series
  • The Persuaders (1971) – TV series
  • The Man Who Haunted Himself
  • The Ron Edgeworth Show (1968) – TV series
  • The Seekers at Home (1967) – TV special
  • The Seekers Down Under (1967) – TV special
  • The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits (1975) – TV special
  • The Seekers’ Story (1981) – TV special
  • The Magic of the Musicals (1986) – TV special
  • The Seekers: 25 Year Reunion Celebration (1993) – TV special

Discography

Ronald Edgeworth recorded several albums as a pianist, composer, and producer.

Here is a list of some of his albums:

  • Hit and Miss
  • The James Bond Theme
  • The John Barry Seven and Orchestra
  • Gift of Song
  • The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits
  • Valentine
  • The Silver Jubilee Album
  • Ron Edgeworth Plays the Music of Cole Porter



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