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“I still look for Allan as I drive past his 46th Street home. He was always a joy to be around. He not only entertained people, but loved people. ...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: kimberly ergul - savannah, GA

“I have often thought of the kindness and special friendship Allan had with my mother. I enjoyed the pleasure of getting to know him when I would...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Stephanie Miles - Rome, Italy

“andI have wonderful memories of spending my school holidays with Allan in Townsville and Cairns.Even as a teenager he would be singing the songs from...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: rona bradfield - cairns, GA

“I only had the pleasure of knowing Allan for a few years. I saw his performance at the Muse Theatre in "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest". He was so...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Tara Dixon - Savannah, GA

“Everyone knows how much Allan Henry Lander loved words and to recite. We will miss his warm golden voice, his laugh and his big broad smile. This is...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: The Inalls - Sydney

“How lucky we are that a man named Allan Lander happened upon our shores. Such a lucky handful are we to have spent moments with him on stage and...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Eric Nauert - Savannah, GA

“Vale Allan ... you were much loved. ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Anita Harris - Melbourne, GA

“Fond memories of our friendship as classmates at Hermit Park Primary and Townsville State High schools, then later as active members of the community...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Ron Hamilton - Townsville

“Dear Allan You were such a joy to have known. When staying with us you would stand up and quote Shakespeare,a play or a poem you would recall. We...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Carolyn and Brian Say - Brisbane

“It was a privilege to know Allan. My first memories of him were of the time that we attended the same Primary and High Schools in Townsville together...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Vivienne Graham - GA

“Your achievements, laughter and wit will always be dearly remembered. R.I.P. dear Allan ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Virginia ( cous-in-law) Newcastle

“To Big Allan, The man I was named after!What an interesting & fulfilling life U have lived. I remember U from way back when I was a boy & U were...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Allan & Karolina Say - Brisbane

“To Alan: What a life to be had... What a life that has been lead.. from Queensland to London to New York City.. Where you found your love in a New...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: carol chambers - Savannah, GA

“I will miss Allan's yearly correspondence especially at Christmas time. So many times I wished to travel to Georgia to visit Allan but never got...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Allison Green - Carnarvon, WA

“You'll be missed by your friends in New York, and we'll toast you every November 11th. ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: Edward & Karl - New York, NY

“Allan, we will all miss you, you who brought so much laughter and colour into our lives, I know all your rellies join with me in the hopes that your...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Christine Rees - Cairns QLD 4870

“To my beloved Jaques...how I remember your soliloquy... All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Eva Elmer - Savannah, GA

“Allan will be very much missed here in Savannah. John A. ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: John A. Brown - Savannah, GA

“Vale Allan, I shall miss those oh so expressive and eloquent Christmas missives from you. You will always be remembered by me for your twinkling...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Sandra Hyde - Emerald QLD 4720

“You will be missed. Rest in peace. ”
20 of 32 | Posted by: Sarah Lander - Sydney

“Being on stage with Allan Lander was like being on stage with the likes of Mr.Peter O'Toole or Sir Lawrence Olivier. As far as I am concerned, he...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Renee' DeRossett - Tybee Island, GA

“Love and prayers and sadly missed. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Jackie Lander - Brisbane

“Dear Allan, You were the first family member Allan your nephew and my husband of 11 years introduced me to. I loved you from the first moment and...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Karolina Say - Brisbane, GA

“Allan, Will miss you. A brilliant man, enjoyed your company, always.... ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Haroun Homayun - savannah, GA

“It was an honor to know and laugh with such a fine gentleman as Alan. Alan was truly loved and appreciated by all those on 52nd Street. How we...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Tena Rae - Savannah, GA

“Thank you for being our brother ,ALLAN, you will be in our hearts forever more. Till we meet again mate,we love you..Bob, Carol & family.Richard,...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Robert Lander - Brisbane

“To my darling uncle Alan, a candle will burn for you in the Catholic Church off mount st , Mayfair. You will approve of the location and adore the...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Liz lander - London

“I met Allan in Chester, England, when he played my husband in Noel Coward's 'Hay Fever'.That was thirty-six years ago, and we have remained friends...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Meriel Brooke Withnell - Brilley

“I had the pleasure of talking with and listening to Allan's many stories one lovely Savannah afternoon. It was a day I will always remember. Allan,...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Andie - metuchen, NJ

“I feel so blessed for knowing Alan for only a short few years of his life . His personality touched me and lightened my life. I know this loss will...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: pamela la fountain - midway, GA

“Allan was a consummate expert in his craft and incredible generous with his time. He will be greatly missed, but lives on both in our thoughts and in...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: William Hammargren - Savannah, GA

“I had the pleasure of working with Allan on a few independent film projects. He was a joy to be around. He took his performances very seriously, but...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Nathaniel Nauert - Savannah, GA


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Allan Henry Lander SAVANNAH - Allan Henry Lander died on the 19th August, 2013 in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 77. Born on the 28th April, 1936 in the reef-side, tourist-luring, sugar-cane city of Cairns at the tropical top of Australia he was, on his maternal side, a fourth generation actor, painter, poet and designer. He was a 1962 graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art faculty at the University of New South Wales in Sydney where in 2008 he was invited by the history professor there, Dr. Margaret Leask, to record his oral history for the university archives which he was pleased to do on a return visit to that city for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the N.I.D.A. foundation in 2009. Some of the highlights in that history include his term under contract to the National Theatre of Great Britain when that 3-theatre complex in 1976 was declared open by Lord Olivier in the presence of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. At the Adelaide Festival of Arts ten years earlier in 1966 under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth (the current queen's mother) he played the co-lead, the Incan Sun God Atahualpa, in Peter Shaffer's play "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" an astonishing role, showy as all get out and an excellent springboard for a young actor's burgeoning career. He repeated the performance the following year at the Perth Festival and again in 1969 in Brisbane for the inaugural production of the Queensland Theatre Company. He was the romantic lead, Colonel Fairfax, in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera "Yeomen of the Guard" on A.B.C. Television. He played four diverse roles in Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt" at the Sydney Opera House, and for a year and a half he was Mal in what is still considered the most successful comedy/drama in the history of his native country: David Williamson's phenomenal play "Don's Party". He appears on the cover of the published playscript. Apart from the Shakespearean plays in which he was most comfortable his many stage roles on three continents included the works of playwrights O'Neil, Albee, Tennessee Williams, Wilde, Guare, Coward and Stoppard to name but a few , and in Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band" he was the one-L "Alan" – the ostensible heterosexual - still hiding after all those years. Allan enjoyed long runs in too-many-to-mention Television series in Australia and Britain including for the B.B.C. a two-part St. Joan and a six-part series called "The Deep Concern". He made multiple T.V. commercials for cigarette brands, coffee products, travel companies and even one in the German language learned by rote: a dog food ad for "Friskas Fleischvorst" shot in marvelous Munich. It was in 1978 at age 42 while vacationing for a month in New York City on his return to Australia from Britain that he met the man who was to be his life's partner for the next 22 years: the teacher, artist, craftsman and art historian: Paul Andrew Ratajczak. To be with him and to stay in New York Allan made a change in careers and began to work for the next 20 years for the luminary American architectural designer Mark Hampton. Under his aegis he contributed to such projects as The White House and Blair House in Washington during the tenures of the Presidents Reagan and the first George Bush and consequently on governor's mansions, mayoral residences, embassies and the homes of the richest and most illustrious in the U.S. and Europe. Allan retired to Savannah with Paul in 1998, aged 62, and began again to work on stages performing in six Shakespeare Festivals in Forsyth Park, most notably as Malvolio in "Twelfth Night", Jacques in "As You Like It" and Brabantio in "Othello" as well as many black box and Lucas Theatre productions with James and Jody Chapin Holt, and at "The Landings" in the Plantation Room he was an Irish fisherman cum poet in a gem of a two-hander called "Sea Marks". He played in some S.C.A.D. short films, the products of graduating hopeful Film directors, most effectively in the eponymous role in "Dear O dear Mr. Riley" an older gentleman with an advanced alzheimer's condition. Allan was blessed with many loving friends in Australia, Savannah and New York but also would have liked to be remembered by some of the check-out guys and gals at Publix and Habersham Beverage, some of the servers at the Toucan Café and Wangs II, the tellers at the drive-thru Savannah Bank on East 63rd Street and one or two of the nurses at Candler. A memorial service will be officiated by the Rev. Holland Morgan, with music organized by Dr. Duke Miles, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the 31st August, 2013 at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Savannah. After the service his ashes will be flown to Australia for interment in his mother's grave. Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com

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