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

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]

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,[12] 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
Picnic at Hanging Rock Albert Crundall
1977 Summer City Sandy
The Sound of Love David
1978 Blue Fin Sam Snell
1978 Little Boy Lost (1978 film) Vic Tanner
1979 The Odd Angry Shot Bill
1980 The Last Outlaw (miniseries) 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 (TV series) Jacko
1987 Australian Dream (film) 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
The Final Winter Colgate
2008 Australia Sergeant
2010 Needle Paul the Coroner
Bad Behaviour Ricky
2012 Django Unchained Le-Quint Dickey Mining Company Employee
Shiver Franklin Rood
2013 Wolf Creek 2 Mick Taylor
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]


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