Vale: Peter Curtin

2014-05-21_1313.jpgStage, film and television actor Peter Curtin, who has appeared on dramas dating all the way back to Homicide in the 1960s, has died, aged 70.

Curtin’s credits include MDA, White Collar Blue, All Saints, Ponderosa, Something in the Air, The Games, SeaChange, Backberner, A Country Practice, Embassy, Mission Impossible, The Bodysurfer, Here Comes Bucknuckle, and Winner Takes All, while his film appearances include Till Human Voices Wake Us, Don’t Peek, and Blood Money. His roles on Blue Heelers spanned ten years while he had six years with Prisoner and four with Stingers.

But it was theatre that was his first love, including an extensive career with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

He began with MTC in 1973, when as a member of the MTC Ensemble he played Jack Clitheroe opposite Wendy Hughes in The Plough and the Stars. His subsequent performances include Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, A Touch of Silk, Little Murders, A Streetcar Named Desire, Privates on Parade, A Doll’s House, Bremen Cafe, Shakespeare the Sadist, Antigone, The Beaux Stratagem, Desire Under the Elms, The Merchant of Venice, Arden and the national tour of Sylvia – to name a few.

“Peter Curtin’s career stretched through the history of MTC, through the eras of the late John Sumner AO CBE, Roger Hodgman and Simon Phillips,” said MTC’s current Artistic Director Brett Sheehy AO.

“He was known and loved by so many and his presence on our stages will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his wife Ailsa Piper, also a much loved member of the MTC alumni, and to her and Peter’s family and friends.”

His final performance was filmed only last week on upcoming TEN drama Party Tricks.

7 Comments:

  1. @Ruddeger yes he did. I also could have sworn he was in Neighbours at some point but its not on his imdb page, it’s probably he just had a face that everyone says ‘don’t i know you from somewhere? to.

  2. @subversion13 He did indeed he also had a role in earler years of prisoner as Ian marney who helped setting up the printing press in the prison then married janet conway

  3. Hi Ruddeger, you are right. The Zoo Family was set and filmed in Melbourne Zoo and starred Peter and Rebecca Gibney. Great show!

    Peter is a face you always recognised on screen even if you didn’t know his name. RIP.

  4. He was one of Australia’s finest Actors!
    My deepest condolences to his wife, family, friends & fellow actors.
    Thank you Peter for sharing your wonderful talent.
    Rest In Peace 🙁

  5. Wasn’t he the dad in an 80’s show called The Zoo Family,a show about a family that lived in a Zoo in either Melbourne or Sydney ?

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