Actor, 71, dies of cancer on May 21, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Australian actor Bill Hunter, who starred in some of his country’s best-known films, has died of cancer at age 71 at a Melbourne hospice late Saturday, said his manager Markon Sunday, May 22nd, Australian time.
Born in Ballarat in the Australian south-eastern State of Victoria in 1940, Hunter’s 50-year career got him to work with most of Australia’s top actors, including Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette,, and .
As well as Australia’s major directors, such as, , Stephan , P.J. Hogan and .
Hunter got his start in acting as an uncredited extra inand ’s 1959 film On the Beach and decided that this was his true path.
His acting roles included that of Major Barton with Gibson in Weir’s “Gallipoli”, played the meddling Barry Fife in Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom”, and starred as Collette’s father in “Muriel’s Wedding”.
Perhaps his most off-beat and best-known role was as a lovable outback mechanic Bob in Hogan’s cult classic “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, starring alongside Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Weaving.
Hunter’s most recent work included “Finding Nemo,” “Crackerjack” and Luhrmann’s “Australia,”
Among his television acting roles, Hunter started in the 1960s and 70s, starring in “Doctor Who”, “Skippy”, and even “Dynasty!”
As his manager Mark Morrissey said, “he was a fine actor, a true story teller and a great friend. He will be sorely missed.”