Frank Opperman

Frank Opperman (born 8 June 1960 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a South African actor and musician. After attending numerous schools across South Africa in Worcester, Benoni, Hermanus and Middelburg, and finally matriculated from Silverton High School in Pretoria in 1978.

Frank Opperman
Born (1960-06-08) 8 June 1960


He started studying law in 1979 at the University of Pretoria[1] but soon lost interest and joined the South African Defence Force in 1980, where he played in an army marching band. Upon leaving the service, he dated a female drama student and became interested in acting as a career option. He subsequently obtained a three-year national diploma in acting at the Pretoria Technicon and received the Pretoria Trust Award for best student.

The following two years he worked for PACT (Performing Arts Council Transvaal) and acted in productions such as Spring awakening and Caspar in my tuin. He also acted alongside fellow South African actor Arnold Vosloo in a full-length feature film called Boetie gaan border toe, but gained popularity in an Afrikaans sitcom called Orkney Snork Nie, created by Willie Esterhuizen, playing the character named Ouboet van Tonder. In the 1990s he starred in a South African television drama series The Big Time as Chris Karedes, a Cypriot emigrant. The series received numerous SABC Artes awards.[2]

In 2010 he played the title role in the SABC2 sitcom Die Uwe Pottie Potgieter. In 2014 he landed a starring role in the kykNET anthology drama series Pandjieswinkelstories.

In 2018, Frank participated in Dancing with the Stars South Africa alongside professional dancer Jeanné Swart.


In 1988 he married South African actress Susan Coetzer, but in 1992 they divorced; they have one adult son, Frankie. Since 2005, he has been in a relationship with Esmarie Meyer. Their daughter was born in 2006.

Music and more

In 1993 he moved to America for a few years but later returned to South Africa to become co-owner of a Jazz club called Bassline in Johannesburg. He also released a rock album called Serial Boyfriend.

In the following years he participated in various projects, amongst others Gauteng-Aleng, a sitcom where he worked once again alongside Willie Esterhuizen. He also appeared in Dryfsand, an Afrikaans television drama written by P.G. du Plessis.[3] After twelve years he returned to the theatre, starring in Die Uwe Pottie Potgieter, a one-man show written for him by Dana Snyman.


  1. Frank Opperman Retrieved June 25, 2011
  2. "Frank Opperman | TVSA". Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  3. "Showmax". Showmax. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
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