|Born||John Shane Porteous
17 August 1942
Coleraine, Victoria, Australia
John Shane Porteous (born 17 August 1942) is an Australian television character actor, TV screenplay scriptwriter, theatre actor, animation layout artist, and animation voice artist. As a scriptwriter, he is sometimes credited as John Hanlon.
Shane Porteous is best known for playing original character Dr Terence Elliott in the television drama series A Country Practice during its twelve-year run on the Seven Network 1981-93, a role for which he won the coveted Silver Logie in 1992. He has also won Awgie (Australian Writer's Guild) awards for his various scriptwriting projects.
Other TV credits include: Catch Kandy, Homicide, Matlock Police, Certain Women 1973-76, The Box in 1974, Number 96 in 1977, Glenview High, The Restless Years, Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers and Heartbreak High.
He has also written scripts for several television series, including Neighbours and Home and Away, sometimes under the name John Hanlon.
Porteous has performed in many stage plays, among them Hamlet, Death of a Salesman (1970), the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. He has most recently (June 2010) completed a touring performance of Codgers, with Ron Haddrick (among others).
He is referenced in the popular Australian song "I'm so Postmodern" by The Bedroom Philosopher.
He is the grandson of Gladstone Porteous, Australian missionary to China.
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