Valentine B. Pringle
Specialist 3, United States Army
"Val" Pringle, was born on 10 March 1937 and died on 13 December 1999.
He was a playwright, actor, singer, songwriter.
Born in the United States, Pringle is best remembered for his role as 'Lead' in the British Sci-Fi television series, "Sapphire And Steele", from 1979 to 1982. The series also starred Joanna Lumley and David McCallum. He also appeared in the flims, "Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue" (1974), "The Strange Case Of The End Of Civilization As We Know It" (1977), "Ragtime" (1981), and "Brittania Hospital" (1982), as 'President Ngami.'
A very talented man he was also a writer, a singer who released four albums, and a songwriter for many other musicians including Harry Belafonte, for whom he wrote the song, "Louise."
A friend to the likes of the late comedian Richard Pryor and actor Lou Gossett Jr., he also worked with musicians Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and actress/singer Eartha Kitt. In the 1980s, Pringle and his Dutch wife, moved to Lesotho, South Africa, and settled in the city of Maseru.
On the night of December 13, 1999, two intruders broke into the home of Pringle and his wife to burglarize it. Pringle confronted the two men with a pistol, but he was stabbed to death. His wife was not hurt having locked herself in another room. The coroner later found hat Pringle had been stabbed 13 times. Two men were later caught and convicted of the crime.
A war veteran, he had also served as a Specialsit
3 in the United States Army. After his death he was cremated and his body
was returned to the United States. Pringle was laid to rest in the Arlington
National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.