Ronald Hunter: 1943 - 2013
I took that photograph of my friend, Ronald Hunter, a few years ago; I called it Ronnie Christ and when he came to our apartment to celebrate his birthday one year, with a few friends, after dinner I presented him with the framed photo. I don't know if he ever out it on his wall but it brought a tear to his eye.
He died yesterday, in Los Angeles, after being ill for some time; he fell asleep, as I was told, the way he wanted go. The main thing is he wasn't in pain and didn't suffer.
I met Ronnie Boy, as I called him, in 1997 when we were both in a play at Santa Monica Playhouse, California, and we both won an award – so we were 'award winning actors' – we kind of clicked and swapped stories in a sports bar on Wilshire Boulevard after each show.
Since then he has always been a true friend and if we didn't see him for a few days he would call each day just to see how we were. He would take me out to dinner on my birthday; I had stopped celebrating it years ago and he would take my wife out on hers too; since we moved back to London we would always speak on those days.
Ron was a really good actor; he came to Los Angeles to do a series with Louis Gosset Jr called The Lazarus Syndrome, he liked the weather so he stayed. He also worked with Al Pacino on a few occasions on Broadway, notably in Richard III.
A few years ago he was very ill, and we thought we had lost him then, but he recovered and gave a brilliant nuanced performance in a play called The Unexpected Man in Los Angeles barely six months after being at death's door.
But it was as a human being he will be most missed. He was a friend who wouldn't let you down and I will miss him – may he rest in peace.