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Garth Meade (born 1925, Johannesburg, South Africa, died 2002 Sydney) was a South African and later Australian actor and comedian, who worked numerously in the club circuit as well as cabaret., and became best known for his roles on television series and mini-series. He studied classical guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Meade, who was born in Johannesburg, began his performing career included tours to many major cities in the UK and Ireland. Meade and his wife, actress Elaine Lee, emigrated to Australia in 1970. He wrote and starred in the show High Noon at 8.40 in Sydney. His wife had planned to act solely as housewife upon their move to Australia but soon followed her yearnings and returned to acting. In 1972 she was an original cast member of evening soap opera Number 96. The series became a huge hit and Lee's fame quickly eclipsed that of her husband. The marriage ended in 1976. Meade also appeared in Number 96 in later years.
In 1980, Meade was a regular in the new serial Arcade created by several of the creative team who had been behind Number 96. Meade played Norman Pendleton, the owner of the Health Studio in the shopping mall of the title. The series was a major ratings flop cancelled after six weeks on air. Meade also played roles in comedy feature films Les Patterson Saves the World (1987) and The Return of Captain Invincible (1983), and in television miniseries Poor Man's Orange (1987). Meade died on 23 January 2002 at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital after a short battle with cancer, aged 77. He is survived by his daughter Amanda Meade a journalist at Guardian Australia.
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