Ron Barassi, one of the legends of Australian rules football, has died at the age of 87.

He died from complications suffered after a fall.

In a football career spanning 40 years he played 254 games, including six premierships, and coached 515. In 1996 he was named in the Australian Football League’s Team Of The Century.

As well as his significant football career, Barassi was also a profile media celebrity, particularly in Victoria.

Ron Barassi with In Melbourne Tonight‘s Panda Lisner

He appeared on HSV7‘s The Happy Show, hosted Barassi’s Clinic on GTV9 and was a panellist on ABC‘s Focus On Football in the 1960s and Seven’s World Of Sport. He made guest appearances on shows including The Don Lane Show, The Penthouse Club and The Late Show.

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In the mid-1970s, he was a referee in the outdoor game show Almost Anything Goes and hosted a regular five-minute segment on ABC called 31 Tonight. In 1978 he was a sports commentator for News At Six on ATV0.

He was also featured on Seven’s This Is Your Life (1977), ABC’s Chequerboard (1973), Parkinson In Australia (1980) and Australian Story (1997). He was profiled on SBSWho Do You Think You Are in 2009 and NITV‘s The Marngrook Footy Show (2013).

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Source:The Age, IMDB, Wikipedia. TV Times, 25 August 1960. Ron Barassi

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