Roy Rene
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Comedian and vaudeville entertainer born in Adelaide on February 15th, 1892, as Henry van der Sluys (or Sluice).

Young Henry first appeared on stage as a child in Sinbad The Sailor.

Adopting the name Roy Rene from a vaudeville character he played and a French clown named Rene, he joined the vaudeville circuit in Sydney in 1910.

He moved on to the Ben Fuller company and whilst touring New Zealand he perfected his trademark black and white painted face.

Mo - Roy Rene

Back in Australia in 1916 he became Mo the clown in the duo Stiffy and Mo, eventually joining the Tivoli Theatre in Sydney. The partnership continued until Nat Phillips, Stiffy, died in 1932.

Rene continued as a solo act and in 1935 starred in the film Strike Me Lucky, named after one of his catchphrases. Another catchphrase was "don't come the raw prawn."

After World War II he had enormous success on radio.

Australian Entertainment MO Awards Inc. run Australia's premier awards for excellence in live performance.

Mo died in 1954.

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