Character actor Gus Mercurio, best known for roles in colonial programmes Cash and Company and Tandarra, has died aged 82.
Mercurio, father of dancer performer Paul Mercurio, died in a Melbourne hospital after complications during surgery for an aneurysm in his chest.
US born Mercurio was also a professional boxer and qualified referee, marine and chiropractor.
He starred in several Australian TV series, including Cash and Company, Tandarra and the miniseries Power Without Glory with numerous guest roles in Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police and film appearances in The Blue Lagoon, The Man from Snowy River, Turkey Shoot, Crocodile Dundee II, Return to the Blue Lagoon and Doing Time for Patsy Cline.
Paul Mercurio is about to appear in an SBS episode of Who Do You Think You Are? which is likely to include one of the last media appearances by his father.