Vale: Frank Gallacher

fg21Actor 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.

15 Comments:

  1. just heard about frank he was a great australian actor. “boys from the bush “episode and “mr reliable” were my favourites and he was great in the dreadful tv series “shannons mob”

  2. Have just learned with great sadness of the death of Frank Gallacher. We were in the same school class at St Mirin’s Academy in Paisley Scotland and were big friends. RIP Frank God Bless

  3. I knew Frank when I was six. I am now 46. He was a friend of my fathers Howie Cougan. I have loved Frank all my life. I was deeply saddened in hearing that he had died. I followed his career and had great pride in telling my friends that I knew him when. I will miss him but will always love and remember him. Love you Frank Pauline

  4. So sad to hear of Frank’s passing. We were close friends at Queensland Theatre Company in the early 70’s and he came from the same town as my father in Scotland. My sympathies to his family.

  5. We are so shocked to hear the news of his passing, we were only looking at his photo at the Plahouse on Wed night, He was very popular with the MTC patrons.
    R I P….Frank.

  6. Frank was a friend and a golfing buddy.We were no means the best golfers . However each new game was approached as if he was the greatest.Frank was one of a kind and put his all into every character he played .He was after all ,a master of his craft. How he would have loved to have mastered golf. I will sadly miss him

  7. I agree with Taz. He was brilliant in Against the Wind – probably when I first noticed him as an actor – and loved him ever since. Very sad news. R.I.P. Frank.

  8. please pass on my sincere condolences to franks family at this sad time i remember frank from his country practice episodes as we never saw frank on uk tv much apart from acp im sure he will sorely missed by many australian viewers and actors alike .RIP Frank Gallacher.

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