Vince Gil, Australian film and television actor and writer, has died at the age of 83.
Although he is most remembered for his roles in films Mad Max and Stone, he was also a prolific actor on television. His earliest TV appearances included the 1965 play The Swagman — where he played an Australian-born man of Italian parents — and series You Can’t See Round Corners, Riptide, The Rovers, The Long Arm, Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police.
He had a lead role in the Seven Network series The Battlers, playing the part of an Aboriginal boxer — the character loosely inspired by real-life boxing champion Lionel Rose.
In 1972, he played menacing bikie Cliff Stevens, a guest character in early episodes of Number 96.
Later TV credits included Rush, The Box, Bluey, Against The Wind, The Timeless Land, Cop Shop, Prisoner, A Country Practice, Carson’s Law, Secret Valley, The Henderson Kids, Heartbreak High, City Homicide, Conspiracy 365 and The Doctor Blake Mysteries.
He also wrote episodes of Cop Shop, Special Squad, Skirts, The Flying Doctors, Home And Away and Snowy.
Source: News.com.au, IMDB, Number 96 Home Page. TV Times, 31 March 1965. TV Week, 27 July 1968.
His best line in Stone, if I remember correctly, was a single word, delivered as a scream: Sataaaaan!