Norman Yemm, veteran actor of Australian film, stage and television, has died at the age of 81.
With a background in opera and musical theatre, Yemm made the transition to television in the police drama Homicide. After making a number of guest appearances in the series, he took on the regular role of Detective Jim Patterson from mid-1969.
He also appeared opposite his twin brother Gordon, who made a guest appearance in the series as Patterson’s twin.
After leaving Homicide he starred in controversial drama Number 96, playing the part of car salesman Harry Collins. He made his entrance into the series as the estranged husband of Vera Collins (Elaine Lee) who returns to her apartment and rapes her. At the time it was believed to be the first time a male actor had appeared nude on Australian TV.
He later bared all in a Cleo magazine centrefold.
Yemm was one of the regular cast members of the long-running World War II drama The Sullivans, playing the part of Norm Baker.
Other television credits included Hunter, I’ve Married A Bachelor, Boney, Ryan, Matlock Police, The Lost Islands, The Fourth Wish, A Country Practice, Prisoner, Neighbours, Joh’s Jury, The Flying Doctors, Blue Heelers and Something In The Air.
In 1993 he harked back to his musical roots with a guest appearance in comedy show The Late Show.
Norman Yemm is survived by three children, including actress Jodie Yemm.