William Takaku
William Takaku

I was sad to read about the death of Papua New Guinea’s most celebrated actor, William Takaku. The National (04/01/11) reported that Takaku collapsed at the Jackson’s International Airport domestic terminal after returning from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Takaku was a film, television and theater actor and screenwriter. He became famous locally after the writing and staring in the film Tukana. In the international scene, he acted as Man Friday, alongside Pierce Brosnan in Robinson Crusoe (1997) and as Magnus in the mini-TV series Violent Earth (1998).

Goodbye, great storyteller and thank you for Tukana.

William Takaku as Friday in Robinson Crusoe