Vale: John Walton
Australian actor John Walton, best known for the 1970s soap The Young Doctors, has died.
Walton played the handsome and flirtatious Dr. Craig Rothwell for 2 seasons on the Grundy Organisation series which aired on Nine from 1976-83.
The series was a big early evening hit for Nine, with its mix of romance and melodrama within the walls of the fictional Albert Memorial Hospital.
Walton had numerous roles in classic Aussie soaps including The Sullivans, Cop Shop, Skyways, A Country Practice, GP, McLeod’s Daughters, MDA, Blue Heelers, Home and Away, All Saints plus dramas including Bellamy, Bodyline, Five Mile Creek, Palace of Dreams, Halifax FP, Blue Murder, Twisted, Heartbreak High and Time Trax. In A Thousand Skies miniseries he played aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith.
Film credits include Undercover, Kangaroo, The Lighthorsemen, Shotgun Wedding and The Final Winter. He also performed on stage, including with the Melbourne Theatre Company.
His final screen credit was Sea Patrol in 2009.
A memorial service is to be held this Saturday morning at the University of NSW.