Bill Hunter gravely ill

Bill Hunter is gravely ill in a Melbourne hospice, according to reports by AAP.

The 71-year-old actor was admitted two days ago.

His manager Mark Morrissey said Hunter’s family were visiting regularly.

“Sadly, he has cancer, and it’s inoperable,” he said.

Hunter is best known for the hit Australian films including Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Strictly Ballroom and has had numerous TV roles including The Cut, The Pacific, Stingers, All Saints and Prisoner.

Source: AAP, The Age


  1. Sad News: iconic Australian actor Bill Hunter has officially passed away aged 72 at the Melbourne Hospice he was admitted to earlier this week. 🙁

  2. what a wonderful actor I remember him from news front all those years ago and right through to recent movies. he certainly had a fantastic presence and made such a strong contribution to Australian movies and television…

  3. This is very sad news – he is probably the last of that generation of iconic Australian actors.
    What are Aussie movies going to do without him or the late great Bud Tingwell?
    Best wishes and all strength to you in this fight, Bill & family.

  4. Sad news, he certainly is a treasure who seems to have been in almost all of our earlier television productions. Saw him in Prisoner too as a drug dealer who tied up and gagged poor Vera in her flat, unplugged the phone and left.

  5. Wow, this is sad. I grew up watching him pop up in so many things. He is a great Australian actor who puts most of today’s “actors” to shame. Best wishes Bill.

  6. What a tragedy he is one of this countrys finest actors get well soon bill his most memorable role for me was when he played viniger tits boyfriend in prisoner

  7. Wow I thought he was around 80yo.Watching him in Prisoner a few weeks ago,which was an episode from 1979,he looked around 50 then.
    He seems to have popped up in every popular Aussie TV series and movie.Great actor.

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