Alwyn Kurts

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Alwyn Kurts, also known as Alwyn Kurtis, (28 October 1915 – 4 May 2000) was an Australian drama and comedy actor best remembered for his role as gruff Inspector Colin Fox in the TV series Homicide. Kurts originally worked as a war correspondent, before moving onto radio with his program Raising a Husband on radio station 3XY.[1] Kurts' television career started with the television version of his radio show Raising a Husband (which was pushed off air by the success of Graham Kennedy, then Hutton's Family Quiz, Don't Argue and Fighting Words. He came to prominence in Homicide, followed by the comedy The Last of the Australians. In 1982 he appeared in the Australian TV drama Cop Shop. For a brief time, he was the Beast in the Australian version of the television panel show Beauty and the Beast. Kurts also appeared in the 1979 movie Tim with Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie and Pat Evison. Kurts supported the 1972 campaign for the election of Gough Whitlam and the Labour Party.[2]

Death[edit]

Alwyn Kurts died on 4 May 2000, aged 84 in Melbourne, Australia, from liver failure.[3]

Awards[edit]

In 1979, Kurts won the Australian Film Institute Award for AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as the father of Mel Gibson's character in the film Tim.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Other notes
Hutton's Family Quiz Host
1969–1973 Homicide Inspector Colin Fox Series regular
1973 And Millions Will Die Dr Mitchell Pilot[5]
1974 Rush Landsdowne Series regular
1975–1976 The Last of the Australians Ted Cook Series regular
1977 Bellbird Wes Lewis Series regular
1980 All the Green Years Narrator
1982 Cop Shop Sgt Reg Wallis Series regular
Movies
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Newman Sham Steven Ogilvie
1979 Tim Ron Melville Won Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor
1980 The Earthling
1991 Spotswood Mr Ball Also known as The Efficiency Expert
1993 This Won't Hurt a Bit Psychiatrist
1997 Road to Nhill

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