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Ray Woolf: From Pop-a-Long to King Kong...

Interview – 2011

Veteran entertainer Ray Woolf has appeared on television and film as a pop singer, song and dance man, TV host and actor. Starting out as a singer, Woolf made a splash on television in the swinging 60s music shows C’mon and Happen Inn. His career took an unusual direction when he turned up as co-host on the long-running children’s show Play School. Showing his versatility as a performer, Woolf also hosted his self-titled chat show The Ray Woolf Show, and has appeared in a number of TV dramas such as Xena, Marlin Bay, Street Legal, The Strip, and Nothing Trivial.

In this ScreenTalk, Woolf talks about:

  • Pre-recording and miming to songs in a tiny studio for the music show C’mon
  • Loving being part of Happen Inn, and how it gave him a strong public profile
  • How hosting Play School made him a hit with young mothers
  • Feeling intimidated by big name celebrity guests on The Ray Woolf Show
  • Playing bad guys on the set of Xena
  • Being impressed by the huge scale and skill of everyone involved in the show
  • The 'incredible experience' of working with Peter Jackson on King Kong
  • Having fun with a coffin on the movie Insatiable Moon
  • Enjoying playing a philanderer on the TV show Nothing Trivial
  • Coping with the fast paced shooting on set
This video was first uploaded on 20 December 2011, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside