It is with great sadness that the New Zealand Film and TV Blog receives news of the passing of actor Frank Whitten.
Frank Whitten holds a special place in New Zealand’s film history. He also holds a very special place in a lot of New Zealanders heart known as Grandpa West, from the hugely popular and greatly missed Outrageous Fortune Series.
Frank Whitten also starred in Vincent Ward’s Vigil, which has the distinction of being the first New Zealand film to be selected for competition at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
The Los Angeles Times described Vigil as “A film of elemental beauty and growing tension as a young girl on the brink of coming of age, resists the presence of a stoic handyman who threatens to take the place of her dead father, a shepherd in a remote, rugged region of New Zealand. Superb!”
Rest in peace Frank aka Grandpa West, you will always be remembered in the hearts of many New Zealanders for your outstanding work in the Film and Television industry.