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Vale: Jonathan Hardy

Australian stage & screen actor Jonathan Hardy, best known for Mad Max, Power Without Glory, and the Breaker Morant screenplay, has died, aged 71.

Australian stage and screen actor Jonathan Hardy, best known for Mad Max,  Power Without Glory, and the Breaker Morant screenplay, has died, aged 71.

He passed away on Sunday 29th July at 3pm.

The New Zealand-born actor, writer and director has a long list of Australian credits in stage, film and television, dating back to the 1970s.

His film roles include The Devil’s Playground, Mad Max, Mr. Reliable, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and Moulin Rouge!

He appeared in the first performance of Breaker Morant by the Melbourne Theatre Company in 1978 and went on to write the screenplay, landing an AFI Award win and even an Academy Award nomination. He also wrote and directed Backstage filmed in Australiastarring Laura Branigan.

Television roles were numerous including Bellbird, Against the Wind, Bluey, Prisoner, The Flying Doctors, Mission: Impossible, A Country Practice, Rafferty’s Rules, The Adventures of Skippy, The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, Twisted Tales, Medivac, All Saints, State Coroner, Stingers and MDA. He also voiced the character of Dominar Rygel XVI in Farscape which led to appearances at Comic Con in San Diego.

Hardy also has many years in theatre with Melbourne Theatre Company, Nimrod, QTC, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon,The Bristol Old VIC Bristol, The National Theatre Company (UK).

His most recent role was in Magical Tales in 2012.

A private funeral will take place this week and a memorial will be held in coming weeks.

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