Joe Zammit Cordina

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Joe Zammit Cordina was a popular character actor.

He was born in Ħamrun on 29 September 1929 and studied at the Seminary and the Lyceum. In 1949 he obtained the Oxford School Certificate and proceeded to attend St Michael's Training College and started teaching soon afterwards. He also worked as a scriptwriter at the Central Office of Information and at the Department of Information.

He studied educational broadcasting at the Centre for Educational Television Overseas in London. After the three-month course in London, he returned to Malta where he joined the Education Department as Education Welfare Officer. He duties included editing the monthly magazine The Young Listener.

Zammit Cordina started acting in 1944. Twenty years later he founded his company Malta Talent Artists, which was often entrusted with recruiting Maltese extras to appear in foreign films shot in Malta.

In 1978 he started publishing the magazine Pepprin, a series of photo-novels, with titles like Harry Born's Is-Salib tal-Fidda and Ġuże Ellul Mercer's Leli ta' Ħaż-Żgħir proving to be huge popular successes.

Zammit Cordina took part in numerous radio and television programmes aired on Rediffusion, Xandir Malta and other Maltese TV stations. He featured on a number of Malta-shot films, including Eyewitness, Pulp and Midnight Express'', where he also uttered a few short sentences in Maltese, playing the part of a Turkish customs officer.

He was also a painter and his works can be found in private households and church sacristies around Malta. Between 1998 and 2002 he was the Mayor of Ħamrun. He was married to Mary Yvonne and had two children.

He died on 12 November 2004 at the age of 75.