Vale: Rob Guest

Music theatre actor, singer and former television host Rob Guest tragically lost his life last night, following a massive stroke on Tuesday. He was 57.

Early this morning, a St Vincent’s Hospital spokesperson said: “The family want the public to know he was surrounded by family and friends when he died”.

Guest had a long career in the performing arts, including as the longest running Phantom of the Opera anywhere in the world. He played the role across seven years. The British born performer had been performing the role of the Wizard in the Melbourne season of Wicked. He has had 36 leading roles including Les Miserables, The Music Man, Jolson and The Sound of Music after starting out as a popstar in New Zealand. He had also performed in Las Vegas.

In television he hosted both Man O Man for Grundy Television and the Special Missing Pieces for the Seven Network. He also taped his own television special in conjunction with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In addition he was a regular performer on Australian variety television programmes, telethons, Carols by Candelight and had appeared on Spicks and Specks.

Source: Herald Sun


  1. Mate, Guesty was a legend! My cousin Shane was a contestant on ‘Man o Man’. He said Guesty was an absolute champion. All the best to Robos mrs n kids.

  2. I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Rob Guest today after he suffered a massive stroke. An absolute legend of the theatre has gone at such a young age. I saw Wicked only a few weeks ago and can only imagine the deep loss the cast and crew are feeling today, after listening to interviews and stories about what a wonderful person, friend, & mentor he was.
    Deepest sympathy to his family, friends and all who knew him.

  3. The australian theatre community will be in mourning. I can’t imagine what the cast of Wicked is going through.
    “Wonderful, they call him wonderful”

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