Legendary actor Bill Hunter passes away

22 May, 2011 by Sam Dallas

Australia's film and television industry is in mourning following the death of legendary actor Bill Hunter. He was 71.

The veteran actor was admitted to a Melbourne hospice earlier this week, suffering from inoperable cancer, and was surrounded by family and friends in his last few days before passing away late Saturday.


The Centenary Medal winner, born in Ballarat, Victoria, was most well-known for his roles in Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Strictly Ballroom, in a career that spanned more than four decades.

He appears in the upcoming films The Cup, where he plays legendary horse icon Bart Cummings, and WA film Red Dog.

Recently he also lent his voice to the animated Zack Snyder flick Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

Last night (Sunday), Pay-TV channel Starpics screened Newsfront and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in tribute to the late actor.

Movie Network will screen one of his last TV performances – Small Time Gangster – on Movie Extra on May 31, at 8.30pm.