Jack Thompson (actor)
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Jack Thompson in 2014
John Hadley Pain|
31 August 1940
Inductee into the Australian Film Walk of Fame 2011|
Chauvel Award 2006
Inside Film Living Legend Award 2005
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award For Contribution to Australian Cinema 1998
Logie Hall of Fame 1995
Raymond Longford Award 1994
Australian Film Institute Award Best Actor "Breaker Morant" 1980
Cannes Award Best Supporting Actor Breaker Morant 1980
Hoyts Prize for Best Performance Sunday Too Far Away 1975
Jack Thompson, AM (born 31 August 1940) is an Australian actor and one of the major figures of Australian cinema. He was educated at University of Queensland, before embarking on his acting career. In 2002, he was made an honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). He is best known as a lead actor in several acclaimed Australian films, including such classics as The Club (1980), Sunday Too Far Away (1975), The Man from Snowy River (1982) and Breaker Morant (1980). He won Cannes and AFI acting awards for the latter film. He was the recipient of a Living Legend Award at the 2005 Inside Film Awards.
Born John Hadley Pain in Manly, a suburb of Sydney, Thompson was 4 years old when his mother died, leaving his father, a merchant seaman, unable to care for him and his brother, David. He was then sent to an orphanage by his aunt and was subsequently adopted by John and Pat Thompson and changed his surname. The film reviewer Peter Thompson is his adopted brother. Thompson was educated at Sydney Boys High School. He left school at 14, and became a jackaroo in the Northern Territory, as well as taking labouring jobs in New South Wales.
After working in an agricultural lab, Thompson joined the army in 1960 so that he could earn a science degree. He enrolled at the University of Queensland in 1963 and transferred to an arts degree, performing in theatre at night, including the Twelfth Night Theatre and UQ Dramatic Society in Brisbane.
His TV career began with the soap opera Motel (1968), and guest appearances on Homicide and Matlock Police. He then took the lead role in spy drama series Spyforce (1971-1972), playing the role of Erskine. He eventually moved into feature film lead roles, and is best known primarily for his performance in Breaker Morant. He has also acted in television miniseries and appeared as the host of the Channel 7 factual series Find My Family.
Thompson was the first nude male centrefold in Cleo magazine in 1972. He has also appeared in television commercials, including as the face of the Bank of Melbourne for a decade, and for Claytons. Thompson is featured in a series of recordings of Australian poetry, reciting poems by Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, C. J. Dennis, Patrick Joseph Hartigan (aka John O'Brien) and John O'Grady. (see Discography below). Interviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald he explains his love of poetry, noting that 'Poetry is sometimes seen as too arty and perhaps not a suitable interest for blokes.'
Thompson married Beverley Hackett in 1963 and the five-year marriage produced his son Patrick Thompson. He then entered into a 15-year polyamorous relationship in the 1970s and 1980s with both Leona King and her sister Bunkie. He stayed with Leona following the birth of his second son, Billy.
Thompson featured in the first episode of the Australian version of Who Do You Think You Are?, which was televised on 13 January 2008 on SBS, with Thompson discovering that his great-grandfather was Captain Thomas Pain, and his great-great uncle was Alfred Lee, a prominent figure in Sydney society, who donated the journal of Joseph Banks, from Captain Cook's navigation to Australia in the 1770s, to the Mitchell Library in Sydney. Thompson used to own Hotel Gearin in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. He sold the hotel in June 2011.
|1969||Personnel, or People?|
|1971||Wake in Fright||Dick|
|1973||Libido||Ken||Segment: "The Family Man"|
|1974||Marijuana: Possession and the Law|
|1974||'Jock' Petersen||Tony Petersen|
|1975||Sunday Too Far Away||Foley|
|1975||Scobie Malone||Scobie Malone|
|1975||That Lady from Peking||Flunky|
|1976||Mad Dog Morgan||Detective Manwaring|
|1976||Jeremy and Teapot||Narrator||Short film|
|1978||The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith||Reverend Neville|
|1979||The Journalist||Simon Morris|
|1980||Breaker Morant||Major J.F. Thomas|
|1980||The Earthling||Ross Daley|
|1980||The Club||Laurie Holden|
|1982||The Man from Snowy River||Clancy|
|1982||Bad Blood||Stan Graham|
|1983||It's a Living||Passenger|
|1983||Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence||Group Capt. Hicksley|
|1985||Flesh and Blood||Hawkwood|
|1985||Burke & Wills||Robert O'Hara Burke|
|1986||Short Circuit||Party Guest|
|1993||A Far Off Place||John Ricketts|
|1994||The Sum of Us||Harry Mitchell|
|1995||Der Flug des Albatros||Mike|
|1996||Broken Arrow||Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff|
|1996||Last Dance||The Governor|
|1997||Under the Lighthouse Dancing||Harry|
|1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||Sonny Seiler|
|1999||Feeling Sexy||Magazine Vendor (uncredited)|
|2000||The Magic Pudding||Buncle (voice)|
|2001||Original Sin||Alan Jordan|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||Cliegg Lars|
|2004||The Assassination of Richard Nixon||Jack Jones|
|2006||Tryst Cosmos||Storyteller||Short film|
|2006||The Good German||Congressman Breimer|
|2007||The Manual||Professor Grey||Short film|
|2008||Ten Empty||Bobby Thompson|
|2009||Mao's Last Dancer||Judge Woodrow Seals|
|2010||Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Harris|
|2011||Oakie's Outback Adventures||Orpheus|
|2011||The Telegram Man||Bill Williams||Short film|
|2011||The Forgotten Men||Publican||Short film|
|2013||Around the Block||Mr. O'Donnell|
|2013||Mystery Road||Charley Murray|
|2013||The Great Gatsby||Nick Carraway's Doctor, Walter Perkins|
|2016||Blue World Order||Harris|
|2016||The Light Between Oceans||Ralph Addicott|
|2017||Don't Tell||Bob Myers|
|1968||Motel||Bill Burke||Episode: "1.132"|
|Episode: "Hagan's Kingdom"|
Episode: "Flight of the Curlew"
|1970||Woobinda, Animal Doctor||Lenny||Episode: "Lenny"|
|1970||Skippy||Stefan Imard||Episode: "High Fashion"|
|1970||The Rovers||Kenneth Baker
|Episode: "Wright's Peak"|
Episode: "A Place of My Own"
|Episode: "The Doll"|
Episode: "All Correct"
|1970||Division 4||Charlie Penn||Episode: "A Trip to the City"|
|1972||Over There||Corporal Harry Logan||Episode: "The Lord Sends the Food and the Devil Sends the Cook"|
|1972||Behind the Legend||Charles Kingsford-Smith (1972)||TV series|
|1972||Matlock Police||Ron Cook||Episode: "Cook's Endeavor"|
|1973||Matlock Police||Robbo||Episode: "Squaring Off"|
|1973||Linehaul||Dave Morgan||TV movie|
|Episode: "Boney and the Strangler"|
Episode: "Boney and the Kelly Gang"
|Episode: "But When She Was Bad"|
Episode: "Where Thunder Sleeps"
|1973||Elephant Boy||Chuck Ryder||Episode: "Conservation Man"|
|1973||Homicide||Ray Enright||Episode: "Mother Superior"|
|1973||The Evil Touch||Hammer
Episode: "Scared to Death"
|1974||The Evil Touch||Stockman||Episode: "Kadaitcha Country"|
|1974||Human Target||Anderson||TV movie|
|1974||Homicide||Det. Sgt Jack Beck||Episode: "Time and Tide"|
|1975||Armchair Cinema||Vic Parkes||Episode: "Tully"|
|1978||Because He's My Friend||Geoff||TV movie|
|1982||A Shifting Dreaming||TV movie|
|1982||A Woman Called Golda||Ariel||TV movie|
|1982||The Letter||Robert Crosbie||TV movie|
|1984||Waterfront||Maxey Woodbury||TV miniseries|
|1986||The Last Frontier||Nick Stenning||TV movie|
|1987||The Riddle of the Stinson||Bernard O'Reilly||TV movie|
|1987||Kojak: The Price of Justice||Aubrey Dubose||TV movie|
|1988||Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun||Tom Campbell Black||TV movie|
|1989||The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy||Irvine||TV movie|
|1989||Trouble in Paradise||Jake||TV movie|
|1990||After the Shock||Fireman||TV movie|
|1994||The Dwelling Place||Richard||TV miniseries|
|1994||Girl||Victor Martin||TV movie|
|1995||A Woman of Independent Means||Sam Garner||TV miniseries|
|1996||The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years||The Judge||TV movie|
|1996||McLeod's Daughters||Jack McLeod||TV movie|
|2001||My Brother Jack||Bernard Brewster||TV movie|
|2001||South Pacific||Capt. George Brackett||TV movie|
|2007||Bastard Boys||Tony Tully||TV movie|
|2009||The Karenskys||Max Karensky||TV movie|
|2012||Rake||Mr Justice Beesdon||Episode: "R vs. Fenton"|
|2013||Camp||Jack Jessup||Episode: "Harvest Moon"|
|2014||Devil's Playground||Cardinal Constantine Neville||TV miniseries|
- 1975 AFI Award: Best Actor, for Sunday Too Far Away and Petersen
- 1980 AFI Award: Best Actor in a Lead Role, for Breaker Morant
- 1980 Cannes Film Festival: Best Supporting Actor, for Breaker Morant
- 1986 Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian film industry
- 1994 AFI Award: Raymond Longford Award
- 1998 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards: Special Achievement Award
- 2005 Inside Film Awards: Living Legend IF Award
- 2011 Australian Film Festival: Inductee into the Australian Film Walk of Fame
Thompson also served as an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
- Jack Thompson: The Bush Poems of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson (Audio recording)|The Bush Poems of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson (2008)
- Jack Thompson: The Campfire Yarns of Henry Lawson (2009)
- Jack Thompson: The Sentimental Bloke, The Poems of C.J. Dennis (2009)
- Jack Thompson: The Battlefield Poems of A.B (Banjo) Paterson (2010)
- Jack Thompson: Favourite Australian Poems (2010)
- Jack Thompson: The Poems of Henry Lawson (2011)
- Jack Thompson: Live at the Gearin Hotel (DVD & CD) (2011)
- Jack Thompson: The Poems of Lewis Carroll (2011)
- Jack Thompson: Live at the Lighthouse CD (2011)
- NSW Death record[permanent dead link]
- "Jack Thompson interview on Enough Rope, 30 May 2005". Enough Rope transcript. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- George Negus (22 October 2003). "Jack & Peter Thompson Interview". ABC Television. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Jack's back". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 June 2005.
- "Jack's back - Film - Entertainment - smh.com.au". www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
- Williams, Sally (October 11, 1983). [espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:252110/SF_1983_Edition12.pdf "No more mister nice guy?"] Check
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- The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library (2012). "UQFL135 University of Queensland Dramatic Society Collection" (PDF).
- "Jack Thompson". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
- "Jack Thompson reveals all about nuding up". Retrieved 2017-06-15.
- Mark Russell (30 January 2004). "Bank of Melbourne to lose its identity". The Age. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- National Library of Australia collection: Jack Thompson. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
-  The Bard of the Bush - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 November 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- Tim Elliot (22 June 2005). "Jack's Back". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Episode featuring Jack Thompson". Who Do You Think You Are?. SBS. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- "Jack Thompson's letters of regret to staff after hotel sale". The Daily Telegraph. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Mr John Hadley (Jack) THOMPSON". Australian Honours List. Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original on 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-03-26.
- "Australian Film Festival Kicks Off". FilmInk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "The Campfire Yarns of Henry Lawson - Fine Poets". Finepoets.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
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