Frankie J. Holden
|Frankie J. Holden
18 December 1952
|Other names||Frank Holden|
Frankie J. Holden OAM (born Peter Brian; 18 December 1952) , also known as Frank Holden, is an Australian singer, actor and TV presenter. In the 1970s, he fronted Ol' 55, which had a hit with "On the Prowl" from their debut album, Take It Greasy which peaked at number three on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in 1976. For Return Home Holden was nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role at the 1990 AFI Awards.
During the 1970s Holden was the frontman for the Australian retro-rock band Ol' 55, which also included Wilbur Wilde and Jimmy Manzie. In the early 2000s, Holden re-emerged on the music scene with the Ol' Skydaddies, a band featuring members from Ol' 55, Daddy Cool and Skyhooks.
In 2013, Holden joined the cast of Seven's A Place to Call Home, a drama set in rural Australia in the 1950s. He plays the part of Roy Briggs, described as "a rugged, unbreakable man capable of charm, good humour as well as a crusty grumpiness".
From 1996 until 1998, Holden was the host of the revamped Monday evening variety show In Melbourne Tonight, co-featuring Julia Morris and Denise Drysdale. For the show's second year, he switched from being billed as 'Frankie J Holden' to 'Frank Holden'.
In 2009, Holden co-presented, alongside his wife Michelle, Discover Downunder, a half-hour Australia-based travelling/caravanning program for the Nine Network. In 2010, he co-hosted What's Up Down Under on Channel Seven. This show is similar in format to Discover Downunder.
Frankie J. Holden has starred in films as recent as 2007 with Clubland, his most recent film directed by Cherie Nowlan and written by Keith Thompson.
He married his first wife Leigh Hunter in the mid seventies, divorcing in the early eighties. He had 3 daughters from his second marriage, to dancer Melda Rees, who died in 1997 from cancer. Holden married actress Michelle Pettigrove two years later. They have had one daughter together.
Holden currently resides on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales Australia and is still performing around Australia as a successful entertainer.
In 2010, Frankie and Michelle, with two other couples, purchased the Tathra Beach Family Park, a seaside holiday park in Tathra, NSW. In 2016, Holden was honoured with the Member of the Order of Australia, in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List
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- on YouTube
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