Australian movie stars died at 61

Here are 8 famous actors from Australia died at 61:

Peter Adams

Peter Adams (May 18, 1938 Taumarunui-December 13, 1999 Melbourne) also known as Peter John Adams was an Australian actor. His child is Aileen Adams.

He died as a result of cancer.

Adams began his acting career in New Zealand before moving to Australia where he appeared in numerous stage productions, television shows and films. He was most known for his roles in the Australian TV series "The Sullivans" and "Prisoner". In 1995, he was awarded the Australian Logie Award for his outstanding performance in the TV mini-series "Blue Murder".

Besides acting, Adams was also a skilled boxer and even competed at the national level in his youth. He also had a passion for music and played the guitar and harmonica.

Despite his successful career, Adams struggled with alcoholism throughout his life which also contributed to his declining health. He eventually succumbed to cancer in 1999 at the age of 61, leaving behind his daughter and a legacy of memorable performances in Australian film and television.

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Bille Brown

Bille Brown (January 11, 1952 Biloela-January 13, 2013 Brisbane) a.k.a. William Brown, William Gerard "Bille" Brown, William Gerard Brown, William Gerard "Bille" Brown AM, Bille Brown AM or Bille was an Australian actor, playwright and teacher.

He died in colorectal cancer.

Bille Brown was born to Irish immigrants in the small town of Biloela in Queensland, Australia. He attended the Queensland University of Technology and later the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Brown quickly became a prolific and acclaimed stage actor, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in numerous productions in London's West End. He also appeared in several films, including "Fierce Creatures" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader". Additionally, Brown was a respected playwright, with works such as "The Daylight Atheist" and "A Stretch of the Imagination" being performed on stages around the world. In recognition of his contributions to the arts, Brown was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997. Despite his success, Brown remained a dedicated educator, serving as a professor of acting at the Queensland University of Technology and mentoring many aspiring actors throughout his career. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 61.

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Thomas A. Curran

Thomas A. Curran (May 28, 1879 Sydney-January 24, 1941 Hollywood) a.k.a. Thomas Curran or Tom Curran was an Australian actor.

He began his acting career in Sydney before moving to the United States in 1912, where he acted in numerous films, primarily playing supporting roles. Curran appeared in over 70 films throughout his career, including notable productions such as "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Romeo and Juliet". Curran was known for his versatility and ability to play a variety of characters, from villains to comedic relief. He continued to act until his death in 1941 at the age of 61.

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Richard Meikle

Richard Meikle (October 10, 1929 Australia-June 2, 1991) was an Australian actor. He had one child, Sam Meikle.

Meikle began his acting career in the 1950s, appearing in both film and television roles. He was known for his work in Australian television dramas, including "Homicide" and "Matlock Police". Meikle also appeared in several feature films, such as "Alvin Purple" and "The Evil Touch". In addition to his acting work, Meikle was also a successful businessman and owned a chain of clothing stores. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 61.

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Don Crosby

Don Crosby (October 29, 1924 Sydney-December 3, 1985 Potts Point) a.k.a. Donald Crosby or George Wallace Donald Crosby was an Australian actor.

He began his acting career in the 1940s, appearing in a number of Australian films and television shows throughout the decades. Crosby was notable for his versatility as an actor, able to play both comedic and dramatic roles with equal skill. He was particularly known for his roles in the films "The Shiralee" (1957), "Summerfield" (1977), and "Palm Beach" (1980). Crosby also appeared in many popular TV shows of the time, including "Homicide", "Matlock Police", and "The Sullivans". In addition to his acting work, Crosby was also a talented singer and recording artist, releasing several albums throughout his career. He passed away in 1985 at the age of 61.

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Fred Esmelton

Fred Esmelton (June 22, 1872 Melbourne-October 23, 1933 Los Angeles) also known as Frederick Esmelton or Frederic Esmelton was an Australian actor.

He began his acting career in Australia with the Brough and Boucicault company before moving to America in 1897. Esmelton appeared in over 150 films throughout his career in Hollywood, often playing supporting roles. He was best known for his work in The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Iron Claw (1916). Esmelton was also a writer and director, sometimes collaborating with his wife, actress Edna Flugrath. In his later years, Esmelton suffered from ill health and financial troubles, leading to his untimely death at 61 years old.

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Malcolm McEachern

Malcolm McEachern (April 1, 1883 Albury-January 17, 1945 England) a.k.a. McEachern, Malcolm, Walter Malcom Neil McEachern, Jetsam or Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern was an Australian singer and actor.

McEachern was known for his melodious voice and performed in a wide range of musical genres, including opera and popular music. He was particularly famous for his renditions of Scottish songs and ballads. McEachern began his career as a bass-baritone, performing in Melbourne and Sydney, before moving to England in 1913. In England, he became a popular singer and recorded over 200 songs in his career. McEachern also acted in several films, including "Tell Your Children" and "Matinee Idle". He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1944 for his services to music.

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Arthur W. Sterry

Arthur W. Sterry (April 5, 1883 Collingwood-October 1, 1944 Botany) also known as Arthur William Sterry was an Australian film director, actor and screenwriter.

He started his career in the film industry in the early 1910s and directed over 50 films. Sterry was known for directing Australian silent films that were adaptations of literary works such as "Robbery Under Arms" and "The Man from Snowy River". He also acted in many of the films he directed and wrote screenplays for a number of them. Sterry was a prolific filmmaker during the silent era and was one of the most successful directors in Australia at the time. Despite his success, he struggled to transition to the sound era and retired from the film industry in the mid-1930s. Sterry passed away in 1944 in Botany, New South Wales.

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