Norman Coburn

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Norman Coburn
Born (1937-04-06) April 6, 1937 (age 77)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–present

Norman Coburn (born 6 April 1937 in Sydney) is an Australian television character-actor, notable for his roles primarily in soap operas, most especially his long standing role as Donald Fisher in Home And Away but also for films. He has also appeared in many theatrical roles and trained with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in North Sydney, Australia.


Coburn is best known for his long-running role as Donald Fisher in the Australian soap opera Home and Away,[1][2] and states that he portrayed the character straight and as a complete opposite to himself. a role which he portrayed regularly from the start of the show in 1988 until 2003. He was featured in the Guinness world records as the longest serving actor in an Australian serial, along with co-stars Ray Meagher and Kate Ritchie. Since his departure from Home and Away, He has returned in consecutive guest appearances, the latest being in 2007.

Other roles[edit]

He also appeared briefly as Fred Sykes in the Seven Network soap opera Sons and Daughters. Coburn has also had guest appearances in The Young Doctors, Special Squad and A Country Practice.

Personal life[edit]

He originally resided in Sydney, and later Perth Western Australia. He currently resides on Bruny Island south of Hobart, Tasmania. In 2014, 10 years after leaving Home and Away, he was featured in a photo shoot for New Idea, in a reunion with former cast members Nicolle Dickson who played his daughter Bobby , Ross Newton (Greg) and Ryan Clark who played his grandson Sam Marshall. He said he was still surprised that people still remember him as "Flathead" Fisher.


Year Title Role Notes
1960 A Circle of Deception Carter
1961 On the Fiddle Uncredited
1965 Tomorrow at Ten Desk Man
Year Title Role Notes
1958 Dixon of Dock Green Jimmy 1 episode: A Whiff of Garlic
1962 The Ghost of Sonata Coffin Bearer Television film
Suspense Ambulenceman 1 episode: The Man in My Shoes
The Andromeda Breakthrough Crowd Extra Uncredited; 1 episode: Gale Warning
1981 A Step in the Right Direction Television film
1982 A Country Practice Neville Roebuck 2 episodes: Golden Fleece: Parts 1 & 2
Sons and Daughters Fred Sykes
1915 English P.O.W. Mini-series
1983 Five Mile Creek Stage Coach Passenger 1 episode: Making Tracks
1984 Special Squad 1 episode: Counterfeit Lady
1988–2007 Home and Away Donald Fisher Main role (1988–2003), guest star (2005 & 2007)
2008 The Hollowmen Jeff 1 episode: A Quiet January


  1. ^ "Fisher, Donald". Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Donald Fisher". Retrieved 8 July 2011. 

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