Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
Crocodile Dundee, Prisoner, The Wannabes
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October 25, 1939
For nearly 50 years, Terry Gill was one of the most dependable actors in all of Australia. Gill had appeared in more than 70 productions throughout his lengthy career, which started to take off in the early 1970s. When it came to television, Gill had played many, many characters, a lot of which being ones that stuck around for many episodes. Gill had a nice long run on the small screen, which unfortunately came to an end a few years back.
Surprisingly, GIll wasn’t actually from Australia, but was instead born in England on October 25, 1939. Gill had trained in acting while in England, which is where he met his wife Carole Ann. After the two tied the knot, Gill headed down under to Australia, where he’d spend the rest of his life starting in the early 1960s. Shortly after arriving in Australia, Gill started to land work in the acting field.
In 1967, Gill made his acting debut by playing a guest role on the TV series “Hunter”. A few years later, he had a guest spot on “The Long Arm” before playing a trio of different roles in the 1973 series “Ryan”. During this time, Gill had also played characters on the shows “Homicide”, “Division 4” and “Matlock Police” that truly got him his start in fame.
The rest of the 1970s would provide many regular roles for Gill, which included playing Det. Reg Truscott on “Bluey”, a sergeant in “Against the Wind” and multiple roles in “Cop Shop”. Gill’s work of playing many different television characters continued into the 1980s, most notable as Detective Inspector Jack Grace in “Prisoner: Cell Block H” and also marked the first time that he’d be in an international hit film.
That role came in the 1986 comedy “Crocodile Dundee” starring Paul Hogan, in which Gill played the character of Duffy. Gill’s character would get knocked out in the film by the star, as he teased Hogan’s character for being a crocodile hunter. Being a kangaroo hunter that messed with the wrong guy, Gill had to fake getting punched. It was a big part of the film, which became a massive hit. The budget was under $9 million, but grossed over $325 million to make it one of the biggest successes ever. Gill had met Hogan while on television prior to the movie, which led to Gill not even having to audition for his role. “
Following the success of “Crocodile Dundee”, Gill landed another big role, heading back to television to play Jack Carruthers on “The Flying Doctors”. The series lasted until 1991, and Gill continued with more recurring roles over the rest of the 1990s. He finished the decade as Clive Adamson in “Blue Heelers”, and was in the 2003 film “Criminal Ways” that starred the likes of Nick Giannopoulos and Isla Fisher.
After he had appeared in “Stingers”, Gill hadn’t worked for an extended period of time save for a couple of video games in which he lent his voice. That changed in 2010 when Gill made a guest appearance on the show “Bed of Roses” which was followed by another spot in “It’s a Date” and the TV movie “Jack Irish: Bad Debts”. Gill’s final acting appearance came in 2015 when he was in a short film called “Charlie” in which he played a character simply known as the Old Man.
That same year, Gill would sadly pass away. Gill had been suffering some health problems toward the end of his career, stemming from a lung cancer diagnosis the year before, which was followed by a stroke. Gill passed away at the age of 75 on February 25, 2015, leaving many that have known and worked with him saddened. His wife Carole Ann said that his death was sudden and came as a surprise.
“For a man who was so incredibly funny and outrageous and all the things that made him so very special, it was such a shock,” she said. The network, Nine, which aired two of his most famous productions, issued a statement about Gill’s death, as well. “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Terry Gill,” he said. “He was a much loved member of the Nine family…We extend our sincere condolences to Carole Ann and all his family and friends (which includes his son). He will be sadly missed by all of us at Channel Nine, as well as by legions of fans around Australia.
There was plenty left for Gill to offer on screen, it seemed. He had a passion for acting in Australia, becoming one of the biggest mainstays in the country. While the amount of shows and movies that he appeared in didn’t reach 100, it was clear that he surpassed playing 100 characters in front of a camera.