John Meillon

John Meillon

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1934-05-01
Deathday: 1989-08-11 (55 years old)

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John Meillon, ( MEL-yon; 1 May 1934 – 11 August 1989), was an Australian character actor, known for many straight as well as comedy roles, he became most widely known internationally as Walter Reilly in the films Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II. He also voiced advertisements for Victoria Bitter beer. He appeared in several Australian New Wave films including Wake in Fright and The Cars That Ate Paris. Meillon was born in Mosman, New South Wales. His younger brother was director Bob Meillon (1943–2012).Meillon began his acting career at the age of eleven in the ABC's radio serial Stumpy, and made his first stage appearance the following year. He joined the Shakespeare Touring Company when he was sixteen.

He appeared in a number of early Australian TV plays.Like many actors of his generation from 1959 to 1965, he worked in England, but while working in Britain he consciously steered away from Australian roles. Meillon claimed that he learnt discipline while working in theatre, and that television was not a good medium for training.Meillon had a recurring role in the television series My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?. He featured in two episodes of Skippy in 1968 and 1969, appearing as "Nimble Norris". In 1976, he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role of 'Casey' in the film The Fourth Wish (1976).

With his rich baritone, Meillon was used extensively in voice-over work— most famously in his work as the Victoria Bitter narrator who says "you can get it any old how".Meillon married Australian actress June Salter in 1958 and they had one son, John Meillon, Jr. Meillon and Salter were divorced in 1971. Meillon married actress Bunny Gibson on 5 April 1972; they also had a son.In 1977, Meillon released the single "Tap Tap"/"Picture Show Man", which peaked at number 80 on the Australian singles chart.Meillon was appointed an OBE in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours, for service to theatre.In June 1980, Meillon's favourite pub, The Oaks at Neutral Bay, opened The John Meillon OBE Bar in his honour. He continued to frequent the bar over the following decade, including visiting in the week before his death from cirrhosis. His body was found in his home at Neutral Bay on 11 August 1989. Meillon was posthumously awarded the Raymond Longford Lifetime Achievement Award.

Filmography

All 52

Movies 40

TV Shows 12

Father
Tripe

Tripe (1989)

Movie
Nobby
Outback Bound

Outback Bound (1988)

Movie
Walter Reilly
Crocodile Dundee II

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

Movie
5.69
The Judge
The Everlasting Secret Family

The Everlasting Secret Family (1988)

Movie
Merritt
Bullseye

Bullseye (1987)

Movie
Bill Dolan
Frenchman's Farm

Frenchman's Farm (1987)

Movie
Walter Reilly
Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Movie
5.2
Dr. William Giles
The Blue Lightning

The Blue Lightning (1986)

Movie
Captain John Good
King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines (1986)

Movie
Porthos
The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask (1985)

Movie
Brig. Templeton
The Dunera Boys

The Dunera Boys (1985)

Movie
Actor
The Camel Boy

The Camel Boy (1984)

Movie
Old Ackland
The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck (1984)

Movie
Barnes
Scales of Justice

Scales of Justice (1983)

TV Show
Sir John Kerr
The Dismissal

The Dismissal (1983)

Movie
Sir John Kerr
The Dismissal

The Dismissal (1983)

TV Show
Heatwave

Heatwave (1982)

Movie
Eric Stuart
Shimmering Light

Shimmering Light (1978)

Movie
George Randall
Father, Dear Father

Father, Dear Father (1978)

TV Show
Delaney
Born to Run

Born to Run (1977)

Movie
Pym
The Picture Show Man

The Picture Show Man (1977)

Movie
Casey
The Fourth Wish

The Fourth Wish (1976)

Movie
Charles E. Quayle
Ride a Wild Pony

Ride a Wild Pony (1975)

Movie
5.17
Ocker
Sidecar Racers

Sidecar Racers (1975)

Movie
Mayor
The Cars That Ate Paris

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

Movie
Tim
The Dove

The Dove (1974)

Movie
The Evil Touch

The Evil Touch (1973)

TV Show
Mick Cassidy
Sunstruck

Sunstruck (1972)

Movie
Charlie
Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright (1971)

Movie
2.5
Father
Walkabout

Walkabout (1971)

Movie
5.44
Luke Russell
Riptide

Riptide (1969)

TV Show
'Nimble' Norris / Nimble Norris
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (1968)

TV Show
Wally Stiller
My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?

My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? (1966)

TV Show
Dennis
They're a Weird Mob

They're a Weird Mob (1966)

Movie
Johnnie Gordon
Dead Man's Chest

Dead Man's Chest (1965)

Movie
Aussie
Guns at Batasi

Guns at Batasi (1964)

Movie
Flight Lieutenant Gillibrand
633 Squadron

633 Squadron (1964)

Movie
Jim Jerome
The Running Man

The Running Man (1963)

Movie
Willy
Cairo

Cairo (1963)

Movie
Neil Kincaid, Maintopman
Billy Budd

Billy Budd (1962)

Movie
6
Ross Williams
Death Trap

Death Trap (1962)

Movie
Man of the World

Man of the World (1962)

TV Show
RAdm. Alan G. Kirk (uncredited)
The Longest Day

The Longest Day (1962)

Movie
1
Albert Tufnell
Watch It, Sailor!

Watch It, Sailor! (1961)

Movie
Pte. Smith
The Long and the Short and the Tall

The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)

Movie
Johnny Remick
Offbeat

Offbeat (1961)

Movie
Bluey Brown
The Sundowners

The Sundowners (1960)

Movie
Ralph Swain
On the Beach

On the Beach (1959)

Movie
4
The Third Man

The Third Man (1959)

TV Show
No Hiding Place

No Hiding Place (1959)

TV Show
Henry Soames
One Step Beyond

One Step Beyond (1959)

TV Show
Arthur / Various
Arthur! and the Square Knights of the Round Table

Arthur! and the Square Knights of the Round Table

TV Show

Ratings

Average 5.68
Based on 311 Thousand movie and tv ratings over time
1959
1963
1974
1968
1989

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1934-05-01

Deathday
1989-08-11 (55 years old)

Place of birth
Mosman, Australia

Relationships
June Salter (1958-01-01 - 1971-01-01)

Citizenships
Australia

Awards
Officer of the Order of the British Empire


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