Reginald Roy Grundy
4 August 1923
Spouse(s) Patricia Powell (divorced), Joy Chambers (1971– )
Reginald Roy "Reg" Grundy, AC, OBE (born 4 August 1923) is an Australian entrepreneur, and media and television mogul, one of the most successful of his generation.
Early life [ edit ]
He was the only child born to Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees. Before his career in television, he served in the
Australian Army during World War II as a Sergeant stationed in Sydney. [1 ]
Production [ edit ]
Grundy started as a boxing and general sports commentator for radio station 2SM Sydney in 1947. While at 2CH Sydney in 1957, he devised and hosted the
game show on radio, moving with that show to television, starting on Channel 9 in 1959. He then founded the Wheel of Fortune Reg Grundy Organisation in 1960. After forming his own production company he began producing game shows for the Australian and overseas market, before eventually branching out into drama in 1973. In 1977, he co-produced . The company has subsequently produced numerous successful television soap operas and drama series including ABBA: The Movie , Class of '74 Class of '75, , The Restless Years , The Young Doctors , Prisoner , Glenview High and Sons and Daughters , as well as famed 1980s NBC Daytime game shows, Neighbours , Time Machine and $ale of the Century . In 1986, ABC aired Scrabble . In 1993, NBC aired Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak Scattergories. He subsequently started the US-based company Reg Grundy Productions. In 1995, he sold the Grundy Organisation to the media and publishing company, Pearson PLC, now FremantleMedia.
Personal life and honours [ edit ]
He is married to the actress and author,
Joy Chambers who has appeared in several of his soaps. They currently live in Bermuda. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours of 1983, and was made a Companion of the [2 ] Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2008. [3 ]
In July 2004, he was awarded an Honorary PhD by the
University of Queensland. [4 ]
Popular culture [ edit ]
Colloquially, in Australia, "Reg Grundies", or "Grundies" is
rhyming slang for "undies" ( underpants).
He was the owner of a yacht named
Boadicea ( ). This was sold in 2009 ( )
Photography [ edit ]
Since 1995, Grundy has indulged in his lifelong passion of wildlife photography. Grundy published a book of photographs in 2005, "The Wildlife of Reg Grundy".
In June 2009, an exhibition of photographs of Bermuda Longtail fish by Grundy, "Longtails: The Bermuda Dream", opened in The Rick Faries Gallery at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. [5 ] [6 ] [7 ]
Current projects [ edit ]
Grundy owns 29% of Photon, an Australian-based advertising, marketing and e-commerce group.
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