John Jarratt

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John Jarratt
John Jarratt (Man Of Steel red carpet movie premiere, Sydney).jpg
Jarratt at the Sydney premiere of Man of Steel, 24 June 2013
Born (1952-08-05) 5 August 1952 (age 63)
Wongawilli, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present
Children 6

John Jarratt (born 5 August 1952) is an Australian television and film actor, producer and director, who rose to fame through his work in the Australian New Wave. He is best known for portraying the main antagonist Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creek film series.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Jarratt was born and grew up in Wongawilli, a small rural town near Wollongong, New South Wales, and later in the Snowy Mountains area.[3] Jarratt's father was a coal miner and later a concreter, who worked on the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme. His 5x great-grandfather, George Jarratt, born 1833, came from Croxton in Cambridgeshire, England; his son, John, married a Mary Kelly from Ireland.[citation needed] While in high school, Jarratt directed and acted in a school play which was a great success and led to his school principal recommending him for an acting career.[3]


Early work[edit]

Jarratt graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1973. His screen debut was in The Great Macarthy (1975). He also appeared in Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Summer City (1977) with Mel Gibson. Jarratt had the lead role in the mini series The Last Outlaw playing Ned Kelly in 1979. He played a major supporting role as a young Australian soldier in Vietnam war movie The Odd Angry Shot (1980). In the late 1980s, Jarratt recognised he had a problem with binge drinking and related violence and joined Alcoholics Anonymous, an organisation in which he continues to be active.[3]


In the 1990s, Jarratt was a presenter on the lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens with then-wife Noni Hazlehurst. He had guest roles in Inspector Morse, Police Rescue, Blue Murder, Water Rats and Blue Heelers in the 1990s and 2000s. He joined the cast of McLeod's Daughters in 2001, and left the show in 2006. In 2010, Jarratt appeared in a commercial for Husqvarna.

In May 2013, Jarratt filmed a guest star role in the third instalment of the ABC telemovie series, Jack Irish: Dead Point.[4]

Return to cinema[edit]

In 2005, Jarratt had a major role in the Australian film Wolf Creek, playing the villain Mick Taylor.[5] In 2007, he appeared in two films, Rogue and The Final Winter. Jarratt also had a small role in the 2008 film, Australia, as a soldier.

In 2008, Jarratt launched his own film production company, Winnah Films. Winnah's first feature film, Savages Crossing (originally carrying the working title Flood) went into principal photography outside Ipswich, Queensland in February. In 2009, he appears as the father of a teenage girl via phone in Telstra's "Next G" commercials.[6]

In 2010, Jarratt starred in the ensemble exploitation extravaganza, Bad Behaviour, written and directed by Joseph Sims.[7] In the same year, Jarratt also had a role in the supernatural horror movie Needle.

He made a cameo in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained in 2012, appearing as an employee of the Le Quint Dickie Mining Company alongside Tarantino himself, both appearing with Australian accents.

In February 2013, Jarratt reprised his role as Mick Taylor, filming the Wolf Creek sequel, Wolf Creek 2, with Matt Hearn producing and Greg McLean directing. The film was released on 20 February 2014[8]

In January 2014, a new thriller called StalkHer began filming on the Gold Coast, Queensland.[9] The film is co-directed with Kaarin Fairfax by Jarratt, who also stars in the production.[1] The producer of the film is 'OZPIX', a production company partly owned by Jarratt.[2] Filming was completed in February 2014, and will screen later in the year.[10][11]

On 1 October 2015, Jarratt released his autobiography, The Bastard from the Bush.[12] On 19 October, a six-part television adaptation of Wolf Creek was announced, with Jarratt to reprise his role as Mick Taylor. It was commissioned by streaming company Stan and is set to air in mid-2016.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Jarratt has been married three times. With his first wife, Rosa Miano, he had two children, Zadia and Ebony. He was married to actress Noni Hazlehurst,[14] with whom he had two more children, Charlie and William. Most recently, he married Cody Jarrett, whom he met as a producer on Better Homes and Gardens, and had a further two boys, Jackson and Riley. Cody and John separated in late 2011/early 2012.

Jarratt is now living in Doonan on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, after living in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.


Year Film Role Notes
1975 The Great Macarthy Macarthy
1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock Albert Crundall
1977 Summer City Sandy
1977 The Sound of Love David
1978 Blue Fin Sam Snell
1978 Little Boy Lost Vic Tanner
1979 The Odd Angry Shot Bill
1980 The Last Outlaw Edward 'Ned' Kelly
1982 We of the Never Never Dandy
1982 Next of Kin Barney
1982 Fluteman Fluteman
1984 The Settlement Tommy Martin
1985 The Naked Country Mick Conrad
1987 Dark Age Steve Harris
1987 Fields of Fire Jacko
1987 Australian Dream Todd
1988 Top Enders Jack
1988 Fields of Fire II Jacko
1989 Fields of Fire III Jacko
1995 All Men Are Liars Barry
1996 Dead Heart Charlie
2005 Wolf Creek Mick Taylor
2007 Rogue Russell
2007 The Final Winter Colgate
2008 Australia Sergeant
2010 Needle Paul the Coroner
2010 Bad Behaviour Ricky
2012 Django Unchained Le-Quint Dickey Mining Company Employee
2012 Shiver Franklin Rood
2013 Wolf Creek 2 Mick Taylor
2013 100 Bloody Acres Burke
2014 Jack Irish: Dead Point Sen. Sgt Laurie Olsen
2014 StalkHer Jack Upcoming
Also co-director.[1]
Produced by OZPIX (Jarratt is a part-owner).[2]
2016 Wolf Creek Mick Taylor TV series; filming


  1. ^ a b c Bochenski, Natalie (27 January 2014). "Wolf Creek star directing new thriller on Gold Coast". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Russo, Caroline (15 August 2014). "John Jarratt to direct and act in GC film Stalkher". Hush Hush Biz. Hush Hush Gossip. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Interview with John Jarratt". Australian Story. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Jarratt digs in his nice heels | The Age 7 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013
  5. ^ Interview with the BBC
  6. ^ Interview with Australian Story
  7. ^ Wolf Creek's John Jarratt Indulges in More Bad Behaviour
  8. ^ Outback serial killer takes the Mickey | The Age 9 February 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013
  9. ^ StalkHer - Offizielle Seite
  10. ^ Potts, Andrew (7 February). "Aussie actor John Jarratt has been filming his latest film StalkHer at Alamanda Private Hospital". Gold Coast Bulletin. News Ltd. Retrieved 24 February 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ John Jarratt’s Directorial Debut StalkHer Gets a Poster
  12. ^ Jameson, Julietta (21 August 2015). "Five places that made me: Actor John Jarratt". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Sarah (19 October 2015). "Wolf Creek TV adaptation under way with John Jarratt, Lucy Fry and Deborah Mailman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Web wombat: Interview with John Jarratt, Star of the movie Wolf Creek

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