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Obituary: Vince Gil

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 …

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Obituary: Tommy Dysart

Actor Tommy Dysart, best known from Prisoner and the Yellow Pages “Goggomobil” commercials, has died at the age of 86. One of the first students enrolled at the National Institute Of Dramatic Art (NIDA) when it opened in 1959, Dysart’s acting career began in theatre. He soon made his television debut with a guest role …

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Obituary: Alan Hopgood

Alan Hopgood, veteran actor and playwright, has died from cancer at the age of 87. Born in Tasmania, Hopgood made his TV acting debut in 1957, starring in the ABC play Sound Of Thunder. He went on to appear in a number of one-off plays for television including Tragedy In A Temporary Town, Antony And …

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Sons And Daughters at 40

Barely two months after launching A Country Practice, the Seven Network had another soap, Sons And Daughters, ready to launch ahead of the start of the 1982 ratings season. The critics predictably slammed it, but Sons And Daughters was destined for success, having been created by Reg Watson, who’d also created hits like The Young …

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Obituary: Reg Gorman

Reg Gorman, the actor best known as Jack Fletcher, the barman in The Sullivans, has died a few days after his 89th birthday. The actor had been battling cancer. His granddaughter, actress Olivia Deeble, posted the news to social media on Thursday. With a background in theatre and vaudeville, Gorman made guest appearances in early …

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Judi Farr in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Veteran Australian actor Judi Farr has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for “significant service to the performing arts as an actor”. With a career across film, stage and television, Farr came to fame as Rita Stiller in the 1960s sitcom My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? (pictured above with co-stars Gordon Chater …

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Matlock Police: TV’s country cops

  With the disappointment of The Long Arm behind it, in 1971, Melbourne’s ATV0 continued to pursue options for a police drama to rival Homicide and Division 4. While The Long Arm was produced in-house, the station reached out to Crawford Productions — producers of Homicide and Division 4 — to develop a police drama …

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The Long Arm had a short life

By 1970, after its first five years, Australia’s third commercial network, 0-10, had produced variety and comedy shows, news and current affairs, sports coverage, children’s and pop music programs. Although it had purchased children’s dramas like The Rovers and Barrier Reef, it had yet to tackle adult drama while its older network rivals were well …

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Obituary: Ron Graham

Ron Graham, actor on stage, film and television, has died peacefully at the age of 93. Born in England, Graham started performing when he joined the circus at the age of 16. After completing National Service, he enrolled in a drama course and then came to Australia. For the next 20 years he worked mainly …

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