5 August 1952 |
Wongawilli, New South Wales, Australia
John Jarratt (born 5 August 1952) is an Australian actor.
Jarratt was born and grew up in Wongawilli, a small rural town near Wollongong, New South Wales and later in the Snowy Mountains area. Jarratt's father was a coal miner and later a concreter, who worked on the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme. His 5x great-grandfather, George Jarratt, born 1833, came from Croxton in Cambridgeshire, England; his son, John, married a Mary Kelly from Ireland. While in high school, Jarratt directed and acted in a school play which was a great success and led to his school principal recommending him for an acting career.
Jarratt graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1973. His screen debut was in The Great Macarthy. He also appeared in Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock in 1975 and Summer City in 1977 with Mel Gibson. Jarratt had the lead role in the mini series The Last Outlaw playing Ned Kelly in 1979. He played a major supporting role as a young Australian soldier in Vietnam war movie The Odd Angry Shot, 1980. In the late 1980s, Jarrat recognised he had a problem with binge drinking and related violence and joined Alcoholics Anonymous, an organisation in which he continues to be active.
In the 1990s, he was a presenter on the lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens with then-wife Noni Hazlehurst. He had guest roles in Inspector Morse, Police Rescue, Blue Murder, Water Rats and Blue Heelers in the 1990s and 2000s. He joined the cast of McLeod's Daughters in 2001, and left the show in 2006. In 2010, Jarratt appeared in a commercial for Husqvarna.
Return to cinema
In 2005, he had a major role in the Australian film Wolf Creek, playing the villain Mick Taylor. In 2007, he appeared in two films, Rogue and The Final Winter. Jarratt also had a small role in the 2008 film, Australia, as a soldier.
In 2008, Jarratt launched his own film production company, Winnah Films. Winnah's first feature film, Savages Crossing (originally carrying the working title Flood) went into principal photography outside Ipswich, Queensland in February. In 2009, he appears as the father of a teenage girl via phone in Telstra's "Next G" commercials.
In 2010, Jarratt starred in the ensemble exploitation extravaganza, Bad Behaviour, written and directed by Joseph Sims. In the same year, Jarrat also has a role in the supernatural horror movie Needle.
In February 2013, Jarratt reprised his role as Mick Taylor, filming the Wolf Creek sequel, Wolf Creek 2, with Matt Hearn producing and Greg McLean directing. The film is expected to be released on February 20, 2014
Jarratt has been married three times. With his first wife, Rosa, he had two children, Zadia and Ebony. He was married to actress Noni Hazlehurst, with whom he had two more children, Charlie and William. Most recently, he married Cody Jarrett, whom he met as a producer on Better Homes and Gardens, and had a further two boys, Jackson and Riley. Cody and John separated in late 2011/early 2012.
|1975||The Great Macarthy||Macarthy|
|Picnic at Hanging Rock||Albert Crundall|
|The Sound of Love||David|
|1979||The Odd Angry Shot||Bill|
|1982||We of the Never Never||Dandy|
|1987||Dark Age||Steve Harris|
|1995||All Men Are Liars||Barry|
|2005||Wolf Creek||Mick Taylor|
|The Final Winter||Colgate|
|2010||Needle||Paul the Coroner|
|2012||Django Unchained||Le-Quint Dickey Mining Company Employee|
|2014||Wolf Creek 2||Mick Taylor|
- Australian Story, ABC: Interview with John Jarratt
- Jarratt digs in his nice heels | The Age 7 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013
- Interview with the BBC
- Interview with Australian Story
- Wolf Creek's John Jarratt Indulges in More Bad Behaviour
- Outback serial killer takes the Mickey | The Age 9 February 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013
- Web wombat: Interview with John Jarrat, Star of the movie Wolf Creek