Jack Thompson (actor)
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Jack Thompson in 2014
|Born||John Hadley Payne
31 August 1940
|Awards||Inductee into the Australian Film Walk of Fame 2011
Chauvel Award 2006
Inside Film Living Legend Award 2005
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award For Contribution to Australian Cinema 1998
Logie Hall of Fame 1995
Raymond Longford Award 1994
Australian Film Institute Award Best Actor "Breaker Morant" 1980
Cannes Award Best Supporting Actor Breaker Morant 1980
Hoyts Prize for Best Performance Sunday Too Far Away 1975
Jack Thompson, AM (born 31 August 1940) is an Australian actor and one of the major figures of Australian cinema. He was educated at University of Queensland, before embarking on his acting career. In 2002, he was made an honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). He is best known as a lead actor in several acclaimed Australian films, including such classics as Sunday Too Far Away (1975), The Man from Snowy River (1982) and Breaker Morant (1980). He won Cannes and AFI acting awards for the latter film. He was the recipient of a Living Legend Award at the 2005 Inside Film Awards.
Acting career and celebrity
Thompson's career began with the soap opera Motel (1968), and guest appearances on Homicide and Matlock Police. He then took the lead role in spy drama series Spyforce (1971), playing the role of "Erskine". He eventually moved into feature film lead roles. He has also acted in television miniseries and appeared as the host of the Channel 7 factual series Find My Family.
Thompson was the first nude male centrefold in Cleo magazine in 1972. He has also appeared in television commercials, including as the face of the Bank of Melbourne for a decade, and for Claytons. Thompson is featured in a series of recordings of Australian poetry, reciting poems by Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, C.J. Dennis, Patrick Joseph Hartigan (aka John O'Brien) and John O'Grady. (see Discography below). Interviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald he explains his love of poetry, noting that 'Poetry is sometimes seen as too arty and perhaps not a suitable interest for blokes.'
Born John Hadley Payne in Manly, a suburb of Sydney, Thompson was educated at Sydney Boys High School. Thompson was 4 years old when his mother died, leaving his father, a merchant seaman, unable to care for him and his brother, David. He was sent to a boarding school by his father and was subsequently adopted by John and Pat Thompson and changed his surname. The film reviewer Peter Thompson is his adopted brother.
Thompson featured in the first episode of the Australian version of Who Do You Think You Are?, which was televised on 13 January 2008 on SBS, with Thompson discovering that his great-grandfather was Captain Thomas Pain, and his great-great uncle was Alfred Lee, a prominent figure in Sydney society, who donated the journal of Joseph Banks, from Captain Cook's navigation to Australia in the 1770s, to the Mitchell Library in Sydney.
Thompson married Beverley Hackett in 1963 and the five-year marriage produced his son Patrick Thompson. He then entered into a 15-year polyamorous relationship in the 1970s and 1980s with both Leona King and her sister Bunkie. He stayed with Leona following the birth of his second son, Billy.
|1969||Personnel, or People?|
|1971||Wake in Fright||Dick|
|1973||Libido||Ken||Segment: "The Family Man"|
|1974||Marijuana: Possession and the Law|
|1974||'Jock' Petersen||Tony Petersen|
|1975||Sunday Too Far Away||Foley|
|1975||Scobie Malone||Scobie Malone|
|1975||Lady from Peking, ThatThat Lady from Peking||Flunky|
|1976||Mad Dog Morgan||Det. Manwaring|
|1976||Jeremy and Teapot||Narrator||Short film|
|1978||Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, TheThe Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith||Rev. Neville|
|1979||Journalist, TheThe Journalist||Simon Morris|
|1980||Breaker Morant||Maj. J.F. Thomas|
|1980||Earthling, TheThe Earthling||Ross Daley|
|1980||Club, TheThe Club||Laurie Holden|
|1982||Man from Snowy River, TheThe Man from Snowy River||Clancy|
|1982||Bad Blood||Stan Graham|
|1983||It's a Living||Passenger|
|1983||Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence||Group Capt. Hicksley|
|1985||Flesh and Blood||Hawkwood|
|1985||Burke & Wills||Robert O'Hara Burke|
|1986||Short Circuit||Party Guest|
|1993||Far Off Place, AA Far Off Place||John Ricketts|
|1994||Sum of Us, TheThe Sum of Us||Harry Mitchell|
|1995||Der Flug des Albatros||Mike|
|1996||Broken Arrow||Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff|
|1996||Last Dance||The Governor|
|1997||Under the Lighthouse Dancing||Harry|
|1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||Sonny Seiler|
|1999||Feeling Sexy||Magazine Vendor (uncredited)|
|2000||Magic Pudding, TheThe Magic Pudding||Buncle (voice)|
|2001||Original Sin||Alan Jordan|
|2002||Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Cliegg Lars|
|2004||Assassination of Richard Nixon, TheThe Assassination of Richard Nixon||Jack Jones|
|2006||Tryst Cosmos||Storyteller||Short film|
|2006||Good German, TheThe Good German||Congressman Breimer|
|2007||Manual, TheThe Manual||Professor Grey||Short film|
|2008||Ten Empty||Bobby Thompson|
|2009||Mao's Last Dancer||Judge Woodrow Seals|
|2010||Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Harris|
|2011||Oakie's Outback Adventures||Orpheus|
|2011||Telegram Man, TheThe Telegram Man||Bill Williams||Short film|
|2011||Forgotten Men, TheThe Forgotten Men||Publican||Short film|
|2013||Around the Block||Mr. O'Donnell||Post-production|
|2013||Mystery Road||Charley Murray|
|2013||Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby||Nick Carraway's Doctor, Walter Perkins|
|1968||Motel||Bill Burke||Episode: "1.132"
|Episode: "Hagan's Kingdom"
Episode: "Flight of the Curlew"
|1970||Woobinda, Animal Doctor||Lenny||Episode: "Lenny"|
|1970||Skippy||Stefan Imard||Episode: "High Fashion"|
|1970||Rovers, TheThe Rovers||Kenneth Baker
|Episode: "Wright's Peak"
Episode: "A Place of My Own"
|Episode: "The Doll"
Episode: "All Correct"
|1970||Division 4||Charlie Penn||Episode: "A Trip to the City"|
|1972||Over There||Corporal Harry Logan||Episode: "The Lord Sends the Food and the Devil Sends the Cook"|
|1972||Behind the Legend||Charles Kingsford-Smith (1972)||TV series|
|1972||Matlock Police||Ron Cook||Episode: "Cook's Endeavor"|
|1973||Matlock Police||Robbo||Episode: "Squaring Off"|
|1973||Linehaul||Dave Morgan||TV movie|
|Episode: "Boney and the Strangler"
Episode: "Boney and the Kelly Gang"
|Episode: "But When She Was Bad"
Episode: "Where Thunder Sleeps"
|1973||Elephant Boy||Chuck Ryder||Episode: "Conservation Man"|
|1973||Homicide||Ray Enright||Episode: "Mother Superior"|
|1973||Evil Touch, TheThe Evil Touch||Hammer
Episode: "Scared to Death"
|1974||Evil Touch, TheThe Evil Touch||Stockman||Episode: "Kadaitcha Country"|
|1974||Human Target||Anderson||TV movie|
|1974||Homicide||Det. Sgt Jack Beck||Episode: "Time and Tide"|
|1975||Armchair Cinema||Vic Parkes||Episode: "Tully"|
|1978||Because He's My Friend||Geoff||TV movie|
|1982||Shifting Dreaming, AA Shifting Dreaming||TV movie|
|1982||Woman Called Golda, AA Woman Called Golda||Ariel||TV movie|
|1982||Letter, TheThe Letter||Robert Crosbie||TV movie|
|1984||Waterfront||Maxey Woodbury||TV miniseries|
|1986||Last Frontier, TheThe Last Frontier||Nick Stenning||TV movie|
|1987||Riddle of the Stinson, TheThe Riddle of the Stinson||Bernard O'Reilly||TV movie|
|1987||Kojak: The Price of Justice||Aubrey Dubose||TV movie|
|1988||Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun||Tom Campbell Black||TV movie|
|1989||Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy, TheThe Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy||Irvine||TV movie|
|1989||Trouble in Paradise||Jake||TV movie|
|1990||After the Shock||Fireman||TV movie|
|1994||Dwelling Place, TheThe Dwelling Place||Richard||TV miniseries|
|1994||Girl||Victor Martin||TV movie|
|1995||Woman of Independent Means, AA Woman of Independent Means||Sam Garner||TV miniseries|
|1996||Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, TheThe Thorn Birds: The Missing Years||The Judge||TV movie|
|1996||McLeod's Daughters||Jack McLeod||TV movie|
|2001||My Brother Jack||Bernard Brewster||TV movie|
|2001||South Pacific||Capt. George Brackett||TV movie|
|2007||Bastard Boys||Tony Tully||TV movie|
|2009||Karenskys, TheThe Karenskys||Max Karensky||TV movie|
|2012||Rake||Justice Beesdon||Episode: "R vs. Fenton"|
|2013||Camp||Jack Jessup||Episode: "Harvest Moon"|
- 1975 AFI Award: Best Actor, for Sunday Too Far Away and Petersen
- 1980 AFI Award: Best Actor in a Lead Role, for Breaker Morant
- 1980 Cannes Film Festival: Best Supporting Actor, for Breaker Morant
- 1986 Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia
- 1994 AFI Award: Raymond Longford Award
- 1998 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards: Special Achievement Award
- 2005 Inside Film Awards: Living Legend IF Award
- 2011 Australian Film Festival: Inductee into the Australian Film Walk of Fame
- Jack Thompson: The Bush Poems of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson (Audio recording)|The Bush Poems of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson (2008)
- Jack Thompson: The Campfire Yarns of Henry Lawson (2009)
- Jack Thompson: The Sentimental Bloke, The Poems of C.J. Dennis (2009)
- Jack Thompson: The Battlefield Poems of A.B (Banjo) Paterson (2010)
- Jack Thompson: Favourite Australian Poems (2010)
- Jack Thompson: The Poems of Henry Lawson (2011)
- Jack Thompson: Live at the Gearin Hotel (DVD & CD) (2011)
- Jack Thompson: The Poems of Lewis Carroll (2011)
- Jack Thompson: Live at the Lighthouse CD (2011)
- Mark Russell (30 January 2004). "Bank of Melbourne to lose its identity". The Age. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- National Library of Australia collection: Jack Thompson. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
-  The Bard of the Bush - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 November 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- "Jack's back". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 June 2005.
- NSW Death record
- "Jack Thompson interview on Enough Rope, 30 May 2005". Enough Rope transcript. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- George Negus (22 October 2003). "Jack & Peter Thompson Interview". ABC Television. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Episode featuring Jack Thompson". Who Do You Think You Are?. SBS. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- Tim Elliot (22 June 2005). "Jack's Back". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Jack Thompson's letters of regret to staff after hotel sale". The Daily Telegraph. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Australian Film Festival Kicks Off". FilmInk. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Mr John Hadley (Jack) THOMPSON". Australian Honours List. Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2006-03-26.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jack Thompson (actor).|
- Jack Thompson at the Internet Movie Database
- Jack Thompson at AllMovie
- Jack Thompson reads Australian Poetry on Fine Poets recordings
- [http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2008/entertainment/banjo-paterson-jack-thompson/index.html Listen to Jack Thompson read Clancy of the Overflow