|Born||20 September 1940|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Died||30 July 2012 (aged 71)|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, writer, director|
Jonathan Hardy (20 September 1940 – 30 July 2012) was a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, writer and director.
Hardy was born in Wellington and began his training at the New Zealand Players' Drama School. He traveled to Britain, where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and was a gold medal student. This brought interest from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre where he secured contracts.
He returned to his home of New Zealand in a touring production of The Comedy of Errors with the Royal Shakespeare Company (1966) and remained to help expand the country's theatre industry. He immigrated to Australia in 1972.
Hardy had a career for over 40 years (1972 –2012). He appeared in over 20 films, guested in over 26 television series, and acted in many television movies and mini-series.
His roles ranged from a Christmas pantomime of Cinderella, Shakespeare, topical plays such as And in the End: The Life and Death of John Lennon and roles in operas. Throughout his career, he worked across these media at the same time.
Hardy was part of the cast in the first public performance of Kenneth G. Ross's Australian play Breaker Morant, presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Thursday, 2 February 1978.
In his obituary, he is quoted by Mark Juddery as saying, "The actor is in control in the theatre... so the theatre is much more an actor's medium." and "Television is not anything but an actor's image... If my image happens to fit, then I do the job. Whereas on stage you can create an illusion, on television … it's pretty cliched."
Along with David Stevens and Bruce Beresford he co-wrote the screenplay for the film Breaker Morant: for which he received an Australian Film Institute award (1980), and was nominated for an Academy Award (1981).
At MystFest [it], he was the co-winner of Best Artistic Contribution for Scarecrow (1982). He also won a New Zealand Film and TV Award in 2001 for Best Short Film Performance for Camping with Camus.
He is best known to international audiences for providing the voice of Dominar Rygel XVI in the science fiction series Farscape. Farscape was filmed in Australia but was a United States production and although it was unsuccessful in Australia, Hardy developed a cult following.
Personal life and death
- Moving On (1947) - Anne's Boyfriend
- The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) - Groove Courtenay
- The Devil's Playground (1976) - Brother Arnold
- The Mango Tree (1977) - Joe Speight
- The Trial of Ned Kelly (TV movie)
- Mad Max (1979) - Police Commissioner Labatouche
- The John Sullivan Story (1979) TV movie
- Klynham Summer aka The Scarecrow (1982) - Charlie Dabney
- Lonely Hearts (1982) - Bruce
- Nearly No Christmas (1983) TV movie
- Constance (1984) - Randolf Grieve
- Death Warmed Up (1984) - Ranji Gandhi
- Wills & Burke (1985) - John Macadam
- My Letter to George (aka Mesmerized) (1985) - Burley
- Lie of the Land (1985) - Doctor Max Steiner
- The Delinquents (1989) - Magistrate
- Bloodmoon (1989) - Mayor
- Terrain (1994)
- Tunnel Vision (1995) - Henry Adams
- The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (TV movie)
- Mr. Reliable (1996) - Reverend McIntyre
- Terrain (1997, TV movie)
- Ned Kelly (2003) - The Great Orlando
- Wishbone (2006) - Homeless Man
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Man In The Moon
- Severance (2015) - Therapy Group
- Mandog (1972, TV series) 5 episodes
- Rush (1974, TV series) 1 episode
- Andra (1976, TV series) 8 episodes
- Power Without Glory (1976, TV series) 3 episodes
- Bluey (1977, TV series) 1 episode
- Young Ramsay (1977, TV series) 1 episode
- The Truckies (1978, TV series) 1 episode
- Against the Wind (1978, TV miniseries)
- Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980-81 TV series) 3 episodes
- Under the Mountain (1981, TV series) 1 episode
- Heroes (1984, TV series) 2 episodes
- Butterfly Island (1985, TV series)
- Mission: Impossible (1989, TV series) 1 episode
- The Flying Doctors (1990, TV series) 1 episode
- A Country Practice (TV series) 1 episode
- The Adventures of Skippy (1991, TV series) 2 episodes
- G.P. (1995, TV series) 1 episode
- Mission Top Secret (1995, TV series) 1 episode
- Twisted (1996, TV series) 1 episode
- Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV series) 1 episode
- Medivac (TV series) 1 episode
- All Saints (1988, TV series) 1 episode
State Coroner (TV series) 1 episode
- Above the Law (2000, TV series) 1 episode
- Farscape (1999-03, TV series) - Voice of Dominar Rygel XVI - 86 episodes
- The Secret Life of Us (2003, TV series) 1 episode
- Stingers (TV series) 1 episode
- MDA (TV series) 2 episodes
- Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004. TV miniseries) - Voice of Dominar Rygel XVI
- Magical Tales (2012, TV series) 1 episode (final television appearance)
1973 Jumpers (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Plough and the Stars (Melbourne Theatre Company); Batman's Beach-Head (Melbourne Theatre Company); Paying the Piper (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Last of the Knucklemen (Melbourne Theatre Company); Flash Jim Vaux (Melbourne Theatre Company)
1993 The Beaux Stratagem (Royal Queensland Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Queensland Theatre Company); The Shaughraun or The Loveable Rascal (Queensland Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (Oxford Productions International); And a Nightingale Sang (Queensland Theatre Company)
2003 A Tree, Falling (Chapel off Chapel)
2005 Treemonisha narrator (The Queensland Choir); The Department Store (Parnassus' Den)
2006 And in the End: The Life and Death of John Lennon (The Walrius Group); Renaissance (Parnassus' Den)
2007 Paul (Company B Belvoir)
1975 The Double Dealer (Melbourne Theatre Company)
1979 The Marriage of Figaro (Canberra Opera Society) - Producer
1980 Nine Little Australians! Season Two (Melbourne Theatre Company) - Director
1997 Jungfrau (Playbox Theatre Company) - Writer
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- Juddery, Mark (9 September 2012). "Versatile actor carved out a remarkable career". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
- "ATC mourns actor Jonathan Hardy". Voxy.co.nz. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "Jonathan Hardy". IMDb. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
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- "Breaker Morant". AusStage. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Jonathan Hardy - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Backstage (1988)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- "Matilda Awards Archive". Matilda Awards. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "David Letch filmography". IMDb. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
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