Gus Mercurio, actor and boxing identity, has died in Melbourne.
The 82-year-old died from complications arising from an operation for a chest aneurism at a Melbourne hospital.
Born in Wisconsin, USA, Mercurio came to Australia in the 1950s. A professional boxer, he became deeply involved with the game in Australia as an administrator, referee and commentator.
In the 1970s he made a break into acting, appearing in TV series including The Long Arm, Division 4, Homicide and Matlock Police but became probably best known for his roles in historical dramas, including Cash And Company (pictured), Tandarra, Power Without Glory, All The Rivers Run and Five Mile Creek.
Mercurio also featured on the big screen in titles including Crocodile Dundee II, The Man From Snowy River and The Blue Lagoon.
Gus Mercurio is survived by his current partner Rita and six children, including TV presenter and performer Paul Mercurio.
Source: Herald Sun, ABC, IMDB.
He did also appear in the nineties version of Flipper, which I have been watching on 7Two weekday mornings. RIP, Gus.
I loved Cash & Co.. Never missed it. RIP Gus