Campbell Copelin

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Campbell Copelin (died 1988) was an English actor, who moved to Australia in the 1920s and worked extensively in film, theatre, radio and television. He had a notable association with J.C. Williamson Ltd and frequently collaborated with F. W. Thring and Frank Harvey.[1] He often played villains.

Criminal History[edit]

On the night of 18 March 1931 Copelin took a ₤1,000 plane out for a joyride in Melbourne and crashed it into Sandridge golf links, causing him to spend several months in hospital.[2] He was charged with stealing the plane[3] but these charges were later withdrawn on the basis that he had suffered enough through his injuries.[4]

In 1933 Copelin was arrested and fined for stealing a police bicycle.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "WHO ARE OUR POTENTIAL STARS?.". Table Talk. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 31 August 1933. p. 17. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ 'Actor Crashes in Plane; Seriously Hurt', The Mail (Adelaide) Saturday 19 March 1932 p2
  3. ^ CAMPBELL COPELIN IN COURT. The Argus (Melbourne), Thursday 16 June 1932, p5.
  4. ^ ACTOR IN COURT. Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) Friday 17 June 1932, p8.
  5. ^ RELIEF FROM MONOTONY, The Mercury (Hobart) Thursday 23 November 1933 p2

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