Ivar Kants (born 19 July 1949) (commonly credited as Ivor Kants or Ivar Kanz) is an Australian actor of Latvian descent who has played numerous roles in soap opera's including: A Country Practice, G.P., All Saints, Water Rats And Blue Heelers, he portrayed the role of Ken Garrett in the soap opera The Restless Years (1979). A more prominent role was as school principal Barry Hyde, the father of Chris Hemsworth's character as a regular in Home And Away. He has also appeared in Neighbours, Heartbreak High and in the TV movie The Plumber. He has also narrated the Hairy Maclary Audiobook series released by ABC for Kids. Kants had left home at 19 to enrol in NIDA in Sydney.