Bill Hunter Dies
May 22, 2011 by staff
Bill Hunter Dies, Bill Hunter, the archetypal working class Australia of a multitude of films, has died of cancer, his manager said today – was at age 71.
Mr. Hunter died Sunday afternoon surrounded by family and friends at a hospice in Melbourne, where he was admitted on Monday, Mark Morrissey said. Colleagues who had worked recently he was surprised he had been ill.
His acting credits including the peculiar trio Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the desert and living strictly
Although his name does not ring, but many movie lovers instantly recognize his face contorted by Bill Hunter, one of the character actors of Australia ones. The actor’s career spanned more than 50 years. He was a star of the prolific Australian film and television screens with a broad accent and gravels clearly an authoritarian style, no-nonsense actor was still a demand to the end.
Australia has been paying his respects to the man known as the favorite of the nation “ocker” because it often plays a guy from Australia archetypal.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard led the tributes, speaking of his enormous contribution to the nation.
She said: ‘Mr. Hunter played a key role as an actor acclaimed for helping to define Australian culture over five decades on screen and stage.
“He told us stories of Australia in a voice of Australia in a time of discussion and development of our sense of national identity.”
While the actor Russell Crowe Hunter thanked for providing entertainment over his long career that spanned more than 50 years.
He said: “Very sad to know Bill Hunter. Unique talents.
“I met Bill in 1970 on the set of Spyforce. Thanks for the entertainment companion, RIP.
Hunter was a stronghold of the Australian film industry and more than 100 film and television credits read like a potted history of the vintage film and television in Australia.
Hunter was born in Melbourne on February 27, 1940, and grew up in rural Victoria state in Australia’s southeast.
The son of a country pub owner battle that eventually went bankrupt.
The actor left school at the age of 13 years to become a cowboy, known in Australia as a carrier, leading herds of cattle across Victoria.
He began building his career in the 1960′s on Australian TV dramas of crime in which he specialized in hard characters who were usually police officers or criminals.
A hard drinker with a friendly sociable gift of remembering names of people waiting to be forgotten, Hunter was universally popular in the film industry, which became a stalwart with some colleagues.
His first appearance as an extra in 1957 in The Shiralee, a British film is in Australia.
His real break in the wine industry as a double that made Hollywood beach in his hometown of Melbourne in 1959 – a film about survivors of a nuclear war that starred Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire.
“He saw Gregory Peck for 27 takes and thought:” A cup can do that, “Hunter’s ex-wife Rhoda Roberts told The Sydney’s Daily Telegraph last week.
Hunter outlined his own approach to acting in a recent interview to promote his upcoming film, The Cup
“As long as the director told me where and what to say, I was happy. Anyone who says there is nothing more than that is full of s ***,’ Hunter said in a quote released by his manager.
Hunter won best Australian film industry awards for 1978 actor for the role, the first of three as Australia’s equivalent of an Oscar he won.
He also won fame for his roles as an army major convicted in Peter Weir, 1981 drama of World War I Gallipoli, a dance judge meddling in 1992 romantic comedy Luhrmann Strictly Ballroom, the father of the bride in Muriel’s Wedding PJ Hogan and an open mind mechanic in the company of drag queens in Priscilla Stephan Elliott.
Australia National Film and Sound Archive of the film head programming Quentin Turnour said Hunter remained in the line of polished Australian actors Chips Rafferty, who died in 1971, and John Meillon, who died in 1989.
“He is so iconic of Australia. It becomes typical gestures, Australia minimalist in a lot of emotional expression,” Mr Turnour said.
The director Baz Luhrmann describes Hunter said in a statement last week as “the go-to actor for the synthesis emblematic of excellence in Australia-ness.”
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