Ronald Sinclair

Ronald Sinclair (21 January 1924 22 November 1992), born Richard Arthur Hould and sometimes credited as Ra Hould or Ron Sinclair, was a child actor from New Zealand, turned film editor.

Ronald Sinclair
Richard Arthur Hould

(1924-01-21)21 January 1924
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died22 November 1992(1992-11-22) (aged 68)
Years active1953-1984
Carol A. Larsen
(m. 1961)

Early years

Sinclair was the son of Arthur Hould and Amy Beatrice Hould.[1]

Early career

Sinclair was a juvenile player turned film editor who retained his celebrity in his native New Zealand long after the end of his Hollywood acting career. Sinclair's feature credits include William Wellman's The Light That Failed, Tower of London, Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman and Raoul Walsh's Desperate Journey. He also appeared in a series of children's adventure films featuring the Five Little Peppers. Sinclair also starred in the 1938 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Reginald Owen. He played young Scrooge.

Late career

He served as a soldier during World War II. After that, he resumed work in 1955, and began a long, fruitful collaboration with producer-director Roger Corman, which led to a busy career in low-budget independent filmmaking. Sinclair edited Corman's directorial debut, Swamp Women, and went on to work on at least a dozen of Corman's other films including Day the World Ended, The Intruder, Thunder Alley, The Raven and The Trip. He also edited a number of films by another low-rent auteur with big ideas, Bert I. Gordon: The Amazing Colossal Man, Invasion of the Saucer Men, War of the Colossal Beast, Attack of the Puppet People, and The Spider.


Year Title Role Notes
1936Beloved EnemyJerry
1937A Doctor's DiaryMichael Fielding
1937Dangerous HolidayRonnie Kimball
1937Boots and SaddlesSpud - aka Edward, Earl of Grandby
1937Thoroughbreds Don't CryRoger Calverton
1938A Christmas CarolYoung Scrooge
1939They Made Me a CriminalJ. Douglas WilliamsonUncredited
1939Five Little Peppers and How They GrewJasper King
1939Tower of LondonBoy King Edward
1939The Light That FailedDick as a Boy
1940The Earl of ChicagoMaster Gerald Kilmount
1940Five Little Peppers in TroubleJasper King
1940Out West with the Peppers
1940Five Little Peppers at Home
1941That Hamilton WomanJosiah
1942Desperate JourneyFlight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis(final film role)


  1. Harrison, Paul (13 November 1937). "Ronald Sinclair New Boy Actor Rival of Freddie Bartholomew". Times Colonist. Canada, British Columbia, Victoria. p. 23. Retrieved 7 March 2019 via

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