Born in Scotland, Gallacher (prounounced Gal-uck-er) came to Australia as a 19-year-old schoolteacher in 1963. His teaching career then took him to New Guinea for three years but on his return to Australia decided to quit teaching and became involved in amateur theatre in Brisbane and later at the Queensland Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Despite coming to Australia with a Scottish accent, Gallacher scored many ‘dinkim’ Aussie roles and credited his adopted Australian accent to his then teacher, comedienne and actress Noeline Brown.
While still involved in the theatre, Gallacher also scored roles in a string of ’70s television dramas including Division Four, Matlock Police, Silent Number, The Lost Islands and Bluey. But a big break was to follow with a leading role in the series Shannon’s Mob and later in historical mini-series Rush, Against The Wind and The Last Outlaw.
During a career that also included many film roles and stage productions, both as an actor and director, Gallacher also appeared in numerous other TV dramas including Prisoner, Skyways, Water Under The Bridge, The Shiralee, The Flying Doctors, Janus, State Coroner, Blue Heelers, Two Twisted, Marshall Law and MDA. He also appeared as Detective Bogong in the Nine Network series Cluedo in the early ’90s. His most recent TV appearance was in the ABC mini-series Curtin.
Frank Gallacher is survived by his wife Belinda, children Conor and Brigid and sister Eileen.