Actor Frank Gallacher (pictured, right) passed away yesterday in a Melbourne hospital. He was 65.
Gallacher, who was born in Scotland, appeared in countless Australian dramas including MDA, Stingers, Fergus McPhail, State Coroner, Janus, The Man From Snowy River, GP, Skyways, Prisoner, Rush, Matlock Police, Division 4, Bluey, Boney and the mini-series Boys From the Bush, Nancy Wake, All the Rivers Run, The Last Outlaw, Brides of Christ and Against the Wind.
His film credits include roles in Amy, Mr Reliable, Proof, King of the Mountain and Peter Pan.
He was a defiant actor of the stage, appearing in roles for the Arts Theatre (Brisbane), Twelfth Night Theatre (Queensland), Queensland Theatre Company, Marion Street Theatre, Nimrod, South Australian Theatre Company, Alexander Theatre and Playbox Theatre.
But it was his many roles at the Melbourne Theatre Company for which he will be remembered within the industry. Productions included King Lear, Death of a Salesman, The Talented Mr Ripley, Death and the Maiden, Othello, The Crucible, Glengarry Glen Ross and Frozen.
He also directed for MTC: The Chocolate Frog & The Old Familiar Juice, Sunday Lunch and Royal Commission into the Australian Economy.
His agent Marea Jablonski, Director of BGM Actors Agency said: “It is with great sadness that BGM advises the sudden and unexpected passing of Frank Gallacher yesterday (Monday 23rd February). Frank was a formidable actor with an incredible award-winning body of work to his name. As one of the agency’s longest standing clients, Frank’s talent, spirit and exuberance will be greatly missed.
His wife Belinda, children Conor and Brigid, and sister Eileen mourn his loss.”
His last screen role was as Father Scully in the Daniel Radcliffe feature December Boys in 2007 but he will also be seen in Showtime’s Tangle.