Lucky Grills

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Leo "Lucky" Grills.
Born Leo Grills
(1928-05-26)26 May 1928
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died 27 July 2007(2007-07-27) (aged 79)
Queensland, Australia

Leo Grills (26 May 1928 – 27 July 2007), known professionally as Lucky Grills was an Australian actor and comedian.

Early life and Career[edit]

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Grills was best known for portraying the title role of unconventional detective "Bluey" Hills in the television series Bluey in 1976.

Prior to Bluey, he worked as a stand up comic in the Sydney clubs.[1] He would change his material to suit his audience, stating: "Some people know me as the dirtiest comic in the business... but others know me as a man who never drops even a mild four letter word."[1]

One time in Adelaide, he had done a show and needed to get a taxi. He had put on a big houndstooth checked sports jacket and carrying a suitcase. The taxi driver looked at him and asked where he had been wrestling. Lucky had to set him straight and let him know he wasn't a wrestler but a comic. For the rest of the journey, Lucky had to listen to the cabbie telling old jokes.[1]

He also did three hundred weeks in a migrant education programme called "Say the Word" where he played the owner of a factory. "It was designed to show newcomers to Australia how things were done and to teach them English", he explains.[1]

Prior to Bluey, he played other parts in Crawfords shows but "oddly enough, despite my bulk and appearance, never once have I been asked to play a heavy".[1]

It was a guest role in one of those shows - Matlock Police - that brought him to the attention of producers for the role of Bluey. He was sent a script page, read it and duly went to the audition. Within ten days he knew he had the part.[1]

He was reintroduced to a younger generation in a recurring segment of the early-90s comedy series The Late Show called Bargearse, a humorous re-dub of Bluey.

Grills also made three in-person appearances on the show, including singing as a member of a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young parody band and in character as Bluey protesting the last episode of Bargearse.

Honours[edit]

He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the entertainment industry and the arts. He was also awarded the O.A.M. (Order of Australia Medal) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the entertainment industry through charitable organizations.[2]

Death[edit]

Grills died in his sleep in Queensland. On the day prior to his death he was still working and had made two public appearances back to back.[3] His cremated remains were later interred in the Cheltenham Memorial Park (Wangara Road), Melbourne on 19 December 2007.

Select Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f TV Week magazine - "Bluey - TV's New Two-Fisted Cop" by Eric Scott, 3 April 1976 page 20 & 56.
  2. ^ Lucky Grills at the Internet Movie Database, 19 April 2011
  3. ^ Australian entertainer Lucky Grills dies – ninemsn.com.au, 28 July 2007

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