Vale: Tom Long

Actor Tom Long, best known for The Dish and Seachange, has died aged 50.

The Sydney Morning Herald attributed his passing to a message from film website The Curb.

Long was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012, and in March last year flew to the United States with his family to take part in a medical trial.

Last March he told The Project “My chances elsewhere are not that good, so I don’t really have a choice.

“I’m very aware that I could be taken any time. But it’s the hope, I think. I go for hope.”

By July he was in remission, saying, “I was a man with no hope really, not much, very limited and now I can reframe and repurpose my life and it doesn’t have to be about cancer, I can go and focus on what I want to do.”

His other credits included East of Everything, Woodley, Murder in the Outback, Two Twisted, The Young Lions, GP, Heroes’ Mountain, Two Hands, Strange Planet and Risk.


  1. daveinprogress

    That is just so sad and tragic. He was a beautiful man and a terrific actor to boot. And he fought hard. He was much revered. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.

  2. Very sad to hear of the death of Tom Long. I loved the movie The Dish. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. RIP Tom.

  3. I met Tom in Seattle last July while I was there for my wife’s cancer treatment. We met in the lift at SCCA HOUSE, the day he was checking out. We probably chatted for 2-3 minutes and he was so supportive encouraging. He said to me, tell your wife that she will be fine, don’t worry about anything.
    He was a nice gentleman, RIP Tom.
    My wife and I would like send our deepest condolences to his family. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  4. Oh, no. That is just too sad. I’m glad he had some months of hope and relative health. He was one of the good ones and a truly great actor.

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