Vale: Marshall Napier

New Zealand actor, Marshall Napier, best known for McLeod's Daughters and Police Rescue, has died.

New Zealand actor, Marshall Napier, best known for McLeod’s Daughters and Police Rescue has died, aged 70.

His daughter Jessica Napier, also an actor, confirmed his death on Instagram.

“It is with great sadness that I share the passing of my beautiful dad Marshall Napier. After a short and intense battle with brain cancer he left us this morning. He was peaceful and surrounded by family,” she wrote.

“Dad you are one of a kind and I can’t even understand what the world will be like without you in it. Your charisma and charm was second to none. Your creativity and intellect was my inspiration. I love you so much and feel completely lost without you. I’m glad that you can soar free of the pain and confusion.”

Napier acted on stage and screen in Australia and New Zealand.

He started acting at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre at 23, winning his first onscreen role in the mid 1970s.

He lived in Australia for many years, where he achieved many of his most significant roles in Police Rescue, and McLeod’s Daughters alongside his daughter Jessica.

Other TV shows included Love Child, Rake, Jack Irish, All Saints, Water Rats, Janet King, Doctor Doctor, City Homicide, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Twisted Tales, Blue Murder, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga and The Girl from Tomorrow.

His film credits included Came a Hot Friday, Footrot Flats, Bellbird, Northspur, Goodbye Pork Pie, Babe, Down Under, The Light Between Oceans, Little Monsters, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, In a Savage Land and Bad Blood.

Also a playwright and graphic artist, his play Freak Winds has been performed in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Source: Stuff

4 Responses

  1. I was just thinking a few weeks ago that I haven’t seen him in anything for a while …. Now I know why. I have no idea why this should be something I thought about.but I thought “The Twelve” might be his kind of show to pop up in. Sad day for the industry. I know — through friends who have worked with him — he’ll be very much missed.

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