Peter Adams (actor)

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Peter Adams
Born Peter John Adams
(1938-05-18)18 May 1938
Taumarunui, New Zealand
Died 13 December 1999(1999-12-13) (aged 61)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–1998
Spouse(s) Kirsty Child

Peter John Adams (18 May 1938 – 13 December 1999) was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, best remembered for his performances in Australian television. Born in Taumarunui, New Zealand, Adams later emigrated to Australia. He died in Melbourne in 1999, of cancer, at the age of 61.[1][2]


Television work[edit]

Adams appeared in Australian soap opera Number 96 in 1974-75 and had a five-week stint in medical soap opera The Young Doctors as Clarrie Baker in 1977. Adams' defining role came in 1977 when he was cast as a leading character, Detective Jeff Johnson, in the police procedural series Cop Shop. His character "JJ" became a hit with audiences, winning Adams several Logies. In 1980 he won Best Lead Actor in a Series and in 1981, the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.[3][4] He left that series for a role in musical theatre, but later returned, staying until the series was cancelled in December 1983.[5] He subsequently appeared in Prisoner as the tough Acting Governor Bob Moran, for three months in 1986. In 1994 he appeared in the television movie Halifax f.p. – The Feeding with Rebecca Gibney.[6]

Stage work[edit]

While predominantly known for his television roles, Adams also worked in theatre. In 1985 he toured Victoria appearing in Warwick Moss' two-man play Down An Alley Filled With Cats. Adams directed the 1995 Geelong Lyric Theatre Society production of Les Misérables.[7] In 1987 he appeared in the Darwin Theatre Company production of Trumpets and Raspberries.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Adams was married to Australian actress Kirsty Child until his death in 1999.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Cop Shop star, 61, dies of cancer". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. 14 December 1999. 
  2. ^ "Vic: Former Cop Shop colleagues pay tribute to Adams". AAP General News. AAP Information Services Pty Limited. 13 December 1999. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ MacKay, Don (28 December 1999). "Actor a hit on stage and TV". The Australian. News Limited. 
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  7. ^ "Geelong Lyric Theatre Society". Geelong Lyric Theatre Society. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.