His real name was Jamie Barlett but to many he was "The Great Genaro". The legend is gone. News of his passing started making roundsbon Monday evening. A family member confirmed the news of Jamie’s passing to eNCA.
Bartlett, 55, won over SA hearts in several roles on SA TV. He was the man everyone loved to hate as the shady Mike O'Reilly on SABC3's Isidingo; and as villain David Genaro on hit e.tv soapie Rhythm City. He later left the show, after more than a decade in the role, with his last appearance in February 2020.
The veteran actor appeared in numerous stage plays, TV productions and films. Best known for his portrayal as ‘David Genaro’ in Rhythm City and many more iconic roles. Jamie’s work will live on. It was his un-rehearsed lines that won him so many fond fans. "I tell you what Ronnie, I've had a flippen good innings china. Sweet n Short with Schuster, struck gold in Horizon Deep and brought Rhythm to the City. A knock of 55 huh? I would've been a flippen good cricketer I tell you that. Cheers Boet" this is one of my favorite limes David Genaro dished to his fans. This was a giant who contributed to the Arts Industry and passionately shared his amazing talent with us.
@MmusiMaimane Waking up to the news that the nation has lost a legend. #RIPJamieBartlett you were a thespian through and through, a national treasure and South Africa will dearly miss you. My condolences to the family, the acting community and to all who had the honor of calling him friend.
@Looosey RIPJamieBartlett Legend this one. I’m happy I have witnessed him getting an award somewhere.
@PhakamaMthwaka What a sad day it is, learning that the man popularly known as David Genaro on Rhythm City has passed away. May his soul rest in peace.
@VuyoDreamer I always thought you were so cool but was too shy to ask you for a picture... and as I sat outside waiting for my dad at the Rhythm city studios, you came and whispered in my ear "You're gorgeous" what an awesome gent#RIPJamieBartlett
One of the best actors this Ccuntry has ever produced. Your acting skills and talent remain unmatched. A life very well lived. Rest easy David Genaro. You can drop your messages in the comments section.
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