Mark Lee (Australian actor)

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Mark Lee
Born1958 (age 60–61)
OccupationActor, director

Mark Lee (born 1958) is an Australian theatre and film actor and director, and singer. His most prominent film was the lead role as Archy Hamilton in Gallipoli, alongside Mel Gibson who acted as Frank Dunne who were both runners & became best mates.[1] Since then, Mark has worked extensively in Australian film, television and theatre for over thirty years.


He originally worked as a model and coffee house singer.[1] His film debut was in 1969 in the film Strange Holiday (based on the novel by Jules Verne). After his success in Gallipoli (1981) he spent some time as a musician, playing and singing as front man in popular Sydney bands like One Way Ticket and The Idle Poor, performed in company with his Conservatorium-trained, violin-playing younger brother, David.

Mark also spent some years acting in, and frequently simultaneously directing, amateur plays.

He starred in the 1987 Australian television drama Vietnam (one of Nicole Kidman's early roles) and the 1988 gay cult film The Everlasting Secret Family.[1][2] He also starred as a gay man in Sex Is a Four Letter Word.[3]. Lee also worked with James Belushi in the remake of Sahara in 1995. In 2000 he starred in Nowhere to Land as the antagonist Phillip Decon.

Apart from Gallipoli, most of his work has drawn little notice outside of Australia, save for a short film Stranger So Familiar, shown in the 2005 Reno Film Festival.

In 2001 he starred in the one man show The Time Machine, adapted by Frank Gauntlett from the novelette by H. G. Wells, and directed by Penny Young.[4] He also appeared in the acclaimed and controversial production of The Miracle Rose at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, directed by film and theatre Robert Chuter.

His feature film directorial debut was an Australian film titled The Bet, released in 2007. He also made a documentary Mountains to the Sea, about a couple of pub bands, and directed the play Unit 46 in 1999.

In 2012 he reprised his role in The Time Machine at The Old 505 Theatre, Sydney.

In 2013/2014 he toured Australia in the theatrical production of a play based upon Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced, playing the character of Inspector Craddock. In 2013 he featured in the TV mini-series Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. Since 2015, he has had a recurring role in the TV series A Place To Call Home.

As of 2019, He is currently acting as Rick Booth (Deans Biological Father) on Seven’s Home & Away.

When not working extensively in Australian television or features, Mark continues to pursue his first love, music.

He is married and has two daughters.


  1. ^ a b c Michael Ferguson and Michael S. Ferguson Idol Worship: A Shameless Celebration of Male Beauty in the Movies, p. 215, at Google Books
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (1989). "Reviews/Film; An Australian Tale of Sex And the Power It Confers". NYTimes. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ IMdB
  4. ^ [1]

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