Gary Sweet

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Gary Sweet
Gary Sweet at the 2012 AACTA Awards (6795442365).jpg
Sweet and his girlfriend Nadia Dyall at the 2012 AACTA Awards
Born (1957-05-22) 22 May 1957 (age 65)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spouse(s)Lenore Smith (m. 1981–83, divorced)
Jill Miller (m. 1987–??, divorced, 2 children)
Johanna Griggs (m. 1995–99, divorced, 2 children)
Nadia Dyall (m. ??–present)
AwardsAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama: (1991, 1992 – Police Rescue)
Logie Award for Most Popular Actor: (1993Police Rescue)
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Series: (1993 – Police Rescue)
Inductee into the Australian Film Walk of Fame: (2011)

Gary Sweet (born 22 May 1957)[1] is an Australian film and television actor known for his roles in Alexandra's Project (as Steve), Police Rescue (as Sergeant "Mickey" McClintock), Cody (as Cody), Big Sky (as Chris Manning), Bodyline (as Donald Bradman), Stingers (as DI Luke Harris) and House Husbands (as Lewis Crabb).

He was adopted by a young couple and grew up in Warradale, South Australia, and attended Brighton High School in Adelaide. He was also named after his neighbours son. He later obtained a teaching degree and whilst at Sturt Teachers' College took up drama.[2]

His first role was in low-budget horror film Nightmares. In the early 1980s, Sweet became recognisable through the ongoing role of Leslie 'Magpie' Maddern in the Crawfords television series The Sullivans.



In 1984, Sweet had his first major role as Donald Bradman in the Network Ten miniseries Bodyline, the story of the 1932–33 Test cricket series between England and Australia.

The award-winning 1987 Australian TV movie The Great Bookie Robbery was a gritty true-crime story seeing Sweet's character Chico White playing the inside man trying to infiltrate the close-knit bank robbers.

In 1994, he appeared in The Battlers alongside Jacqueline McKenzie.

Between 1990 and 1996, Sweet starred in the drama series Police Rescue as Sgt. Steve "Mickey" McClintock. This role was a popular role for Sweet, and led him to win several major television awards, including the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama for his performance[3] (in 1991 and 1992), the Variety Club Heart Award for TV Actor of the Year (1993), and two TV Week Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Actor (1992, 1994).[4][5]

Between 1997 and 1999, Sweet starred in Big Sky as Chris Manning, and in 1999, starred in Dog's Head Bay as Alex. In 2001, he appeared in a fourth series episode of the British comedy-drama Cold Feet. In 2002, he took on the continuing role of Inspector Luke Harris in the police drama series Stingers until the show's conclusion in 2004.

In 2006, Sweet was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and made it to the final seven. His partner was dancer Eliza Campagna. In 2007, Sweet appeared on several shows. He starred in the SBS miniseries The Circuit (starring as Magistrate Peter Lockhart), he co-hosted Channel Nine's Things To Try Before You Die and starred in the ABC television series Rain Shadow with Rachel Ward. In 2008, he narrated the Australian observational documentary TV series Sudden Impact, broadcast on the Nine Network.

In 2009, he had a guest role in Channel Nine's Rescue: Special Ops and starred in season two of The Circuit. He had a role as Gunnery Sergeant Elmo "Gunny" Haney in The Pacific, which aired in 2010 in Australia and the US in 2010. He played Superintendent Jack Finchin in the short-lived Nine Network police drama Cops L.A.C.. In 2011, he had a role on Rescue: Special Ops as Shane Gallagher. He appeared in a guest role in The Doctor Blake Mysteries in 2015[6] and twice in 2017.[7] From 2012 to 2017 Sweet starred in the Nine Network's drama/comedy House Husbands. He also made an apprearance in an episode of the Stan Original Series Wolf Creek (TV series).

In 2021, he appeared as Dale Langdon in prison drama Wentworth (TV series).


Though most recognised for his television roles, Sweet has appeared in numerous stage productions. These include David Williamson's The Club, and in 2001, Tony McNamara's play The Recruit for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He has appeared in the Frankie Valli-tribute musical Oh, What a Night.[5] In 2013, he performed in Trevor Ashley's musical comedy Little Orphan trAshley with Rhonda Burchmore.[8]


Year Film Role
1987 The Lighthorsemen Frank
1988 Becca Matt Bourke
2001 Bodyjackers O'Grady
2002 The Tracker The Fanatic
Tempe Tip Nico
2003 Alexandra's Project Steve
Gettin' Square Chicka Martin
2005 Dust Storm (short) Tom
2006 2:37 Mr Darcy
Operating Instructions (short) Paul
Macbeth Duncan
2008 Bitter & Twisted Greg Praline
The Tumbler Hurtle Hamilton
2009 Subdivision Digger Kelly
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Lord Drinian
The Telegram Man (short) John Lewis
The Pacific (miniseries) Sgt. Elmo "Gunny" Haney
2019 Two Heads Creek Hans
TBA The Clearing


Sweet dabbled in the Australian music scene with limited success in the early 1990s. Sweet released a cover of Billy Thorpe's Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy) in 1994 through Polygram Records Australia.[9] The single peaked at #52 on the ARIA singles chart, and spent 7 weeks in the top 100.[10]


Sweet's plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame, the Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney

Sweet has won several awards in his acting career. He has won two Logie Awards, one in 1982 for his role in The Sullivans (won the Most Popular New Talent) and one in 1994 for his role on Police Rescue (won the Most Popular Actor).

At the 1992 and 1996 Logies, he was nominated for Most Popular Actor for his role in Police Rescue, and in 2003 and 2004, was nominated for Most Outstanding Actor for his role in Stingers.

In 2011, Sweet was initiated into the Australian Film Walk of Fame on 13 March, as part of the closing night celebrations of the Australian Film Festival.[11]


In 2004, Sweet become the public face of "The Performance Pack Initiative", an information campaign for men with impotence problems from Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Impotence Australia.[12] Bans against direct advertising prescription medicines meant that Sweet was unable to directly mention the drug, Levitra, but this code was broken when Sweet mentioned Levitra on an Adelaide radio programme. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Media Watch reported that Sweet was being investigated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for possible breach of advertising codes.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Sweet is divorced from his third wife, television presenter and former Commonwealth Games swimmer, Johanna Griggs. They have two sons, Jesse James and Joe Buster. Sweet has two children from his second marriage to Jill Miller, Frank and Sophie.[2] Following in his father's footsteps, Frank Sweet is also an actor. Sweet's first marriage was to actress Lenore Smith.

Gary Sweet is an ambassador for the Glenelg Tigers, an Australian rules football club who play in the South Australian National Football League.[15] He is also a supporter of the Manly Sea Eagles rugby league club who play in the National Rugby League.


  1. ^ "Born today...", Brisbane Times, 20 May 2008; "Gary Sweet, Australian actor (born 1957), Fairfax Photos; Albert Moran; Chris Keating (2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 357. ISBN 9780810870222.
  2. ^ a b The Larrikin Grows Up, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2002]
  3. ^ Australian Film Institute, Past Winners, Television 1986–2006 Archived 28 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ TV Week Logies official site Archived 9 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 15 March 2008
  5. ^ a b "Gary Sweet".
  6. ^ "The Doctor Blake Mysteries: episode guide series 3, Australian Television Information Archive
  7. ^ The Doctor Blake Mysteries – BBC broadcast series 5: "A Good Drop", episode 7; "Hark the Angels Sing", episode 8
  8. ^ "Adults-only panto too funny for Sweet to miss out" by Natalie Bochenski, Brisbane Times, 11 July 2013
  9. ^ Sweet's discography
  10. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 24 Apr 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Australian Film Festival Kicks Off". FilmInk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  12. ^ Press Release, GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, 28 July 2004
  13. ^ Sweet's Potent Drug, Media Watch, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 2004
  14. ^ Choice Consumer Advocates
  15. ^ Glenelg Football Club Ambassadors Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

  • Gary Sweet at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  • The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia – Theatre . Film . Radio . Television – Volume 1 – Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee – Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996
  • The Australian Film and Television Companion – compiled by Tony Harrison – Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994