Kevin McQuay

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Kevin 'Big Kev' McQuay
Born1949
Victoria, Australia
Died(2005-12-05)5 December 2005
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cause of deathHeart attack
NationalityAustralian
OccupationTelevision personality, Entrepreneur
Years active1992–2005
Known forBig Kev's Ltd.
TelevisionGood Morning Australia

Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay (1949 – 5 December 2005) was an Australian cleaning products entrepreneur.

Television career[edit]

His career on television took off in the 1990s as a regular guest on the infomercial component of Good Morning Australia. The former Carey Grammar student built up a good rapport with its host, Bert Newton.

Kev was a flamboyant party animal who loved a drink with his brother "Little Steve", and weighed 130 kilograms (290 lb). His catchphrases were "I'm excited!"[1] and "Big Kev Knows". He continued to appear on Good Morning Australia into the early- to mid-2000s.

Big Kev was well known in the V8 Supercar community as the sponsor of Paul Morris Motorsport during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Big Kev's Ltd.[edit]

Ultra laundry concentrate was one of the "exciting" cleaning products offered by Big Kev's, Ltd.

From 2001 to 2002, McQuay hit his peak as an advertiser, appearing on commercials promoting "Big Kev's" range of cleaning products for the kitchen and laundry. He appeared on television commercials wearing a big blue shirt with an Australian flag design, aiming to promote the fact that Big Kev's products were 100% Australian-owned and not run by overseas companies. At one point, he even hosted a half-hour low-budget variety show on late-night television. In August 2001, McQuay floated his company, Big Kev's Ltd, on the Australian Stock Exchange.[1] The company initially did well, but it eventually ran into major financial problems. In November 2004, Big Kev resigned from the position of chairman of Big Kev's Ltd., deciding to cut his losses.[1][2]

Death[edit]

McQuay died at 8.30pm on 5 December 2005 in the Allamanda Private Hospital on the Gold Coast.[1] The cause of death was confirmed as a heart attack caused by a staph infection.[1] He is survived by his wife Michelle and three sons.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Big Kev dies of heart attack". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  2. ^ Chessell, James (18 November 2004). "Big Kev scrubs himself out as new chief plans a major makeover". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2010.