|Born||Ernest Alfred Bourne
August 1, 1926
|Died||21 January 2009
Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Bourne was born in Dorset, England and raised in Yeovil, Somerset where his mother ran a boarding house following the early death of his father. Leaving school and home at the age of 14, Bourne worked in a cafe before joining the British Merchant Navy during World War II, where he became interested in acting after appearing in an pantomime, he would appear regularly in English pantomime and in many stage productions in Bristol, before migrating to Australia.
Immigration and Career
He emigrated to Australia in 1952, initially settling in Geelong joining the Geelong Musical Comedy Company and later moving to Melbourne. In the 1960s, he was loved (and booed) as a series of pantomime-style villains on Australian television such as Sir Jasper Crookley (in Magic Circle Club), and multiple similar baddies in Adventure Island including Sir Cedric Sneak, Captain Crook, Chummy Chums and Miser Meanie's sidekick Fester Fumble.
Throughout the 1970s he was a staple of Crawford Productions police dramas in a variety of character roles. In the 1980s he played prison chef Mervin Pringle in Prisoner (having earlier played two other minor roles) and garage mechanic Rob Lewis in Neighbours.
He also appeared in a series of television commercials for a retail sportsgear outlet (Sportsmart) as an older man (playing golf and tennis) who is perpetually laughed at by a young blonde man for spending too much money on his gear elsewhere . He has a daughter Sally Bourne who is also an actress and is best known for appearing in the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Many faces of an entertainment legend, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February 2009.
- Giles, Nigel: Final bravo for an old stager, The Age, 20 February 2009.