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Blundell at the 2015 Helpmann Awards
|Born||7 August 1945|
Graeme Blundell (born 7 August 1945) is an Australian actor, director, producer, writer and biographer.
Blundell was born in Melbourne; he grew up in Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne. He was educated at Merrilands College and Coburg High School, where he served as a Prefect. He then studied arts at the University of Melbourne, where he resided at Ormond College and became involved in student theatre. He has a younger brother, Dennis, and two younger sisters, Margaret and Kathryn.
In his early years, Blundell worked at La Mama Theatre, The Pram Factory, Hoopla, the Playbox Theatre Company, and the Melbourne Theatre Company. He directed and acted in the premiere performance of Jack Hibberd's play Dimboola at La Mama. His first television appearance was as an uncredited extra in the debut episode of Homicide (1964). He is best known as playing the title character in the 1973 sex-comedy film Alvin Purple and its 1974 sequel, Alvin Purple Rides Again.
He has written extensively in The Australian newspaper as well as writing biographies of Brett Whiteley (Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, 1996, with his then wife Margot Hilton), and Graham Kennedy (King, 2003).
In 2005, Blundell made a brief appearance in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith playing Ruwee Naberrie, the father of Padmé Amidala. He was also filmed in scenes for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, but they were cut and appear only on the DVD release of the film.
He now partners Margaret Pomerantz in Screen, where he reviews film and television shows.
- 1969: Two Thousand Weeks - Journalist
- 1970: Brake Fluid
- 1971: Stork - Westy
- 1973: Alvin Purple - Alvin Purple
- 1974: The Box (TV series) - Don Cook
- 1974: Alvin Purple Rides Again - Alvin Purple / Balls McGee
- 1976: Mad Dog Morgan - Italian Jack
- 1976: Alvin Purple (TV series) - Alvin Purple
- 1976: Don's Party - Simon
- 1978: Weekend of Shadows - Bernie
- 1979: The Odd Angry Shot - 'Dawson' / Dawson
- 1979: Kostas - John
- 1981: Pacific Banana - Martin
- 1981: Doctors and Nurses - Mr X
- 1982: The Best of Friends - Tom
- 1983: Midnite Spares - Sidebottom
- 1984: Melvin, Son of Alvin - Alvin Purple
- 1987: Those Dear Departed - Dr. Howie
- 1987: The Year My Voice Broke - Nils Olson
- 1987: Australian Dream - Geoffrey Stubbs
- 1994: Gino - Larry Stone
- 1996: Idiot Box - Detective Eric
- 1999: Looking for Alibrandi - Ron Bishop
- 2002: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones - Ruwee Naberrie (scenes deleted)
- 2005: Richard, Formally known as Dick
- 2005: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith - Ruwee Naberrie
- 2008: The Hollowmen (TV Series) - Geoff
- 2009: In Her Skin - Ivan
- Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, with Margot Hilton (Macmillan, 1996)
- King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy (Pan Macmillan, 2003)
- Australian Theatre: Backstage with Graeme Blundell (edited) (Oxford University Press, 1997)
- The Naked Truth: A Life in Parts (Hachette Australia, 2008)
- "Graeme Blundell". Talking Heads. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Buckmaster, Luke (24 October 2014). "Alvin Purple rewatched – the raunchy heart of 1970s Ozploitation films". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Sullivan, Jane (20 October 2007). "Across a crowded room ..." The Age. Retrieved 26 November 2015.