Terry Norris (actor)

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Terry Norris
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Dandenong
In office
2 March 1985 – 2 October 1992
Preceded by Rob Jolly
Succeeded by John Pandazopoulos
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Noble Park
In office
3 April 1982 – 1 March 1985
Preceded by Peter Collins
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born (1930-06-09) 9 June 1930 (age 87)
Melbourne, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Julia Blake (m. 1962)
Occupation Actor

Terence Richard "Terry" Norris (born 9 June 1930) is an Australian professional actor who interrupted his career for 10 years with a stint in state politics, for the Australian Labor Party with the Victorian Legislative Assembly. As an actor, he has starred in TV Shows such as Bellbird & Cop Shop, and in films like Romulus, My Father, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Paper Planes.

Acting career[edit]

Norris was born in Melbourne, in 1930 the son of a boilermaker. In the 1950s and early 1960s he worked as an actor in England, appearing in repertory in Bradford, Huddersfield and York among other places, before returning to Australia in 1963. He has appeared in many roles on television, film and theatre. He is possibly best known for two long-running television series roles. He played Joe Turner in Bellbird from 1969 until the series ended in 1977. He then played Senior sergeant Eric O'Reilly in police series Cop Shop starting December 1977. Norris has also appeared in the television series Bobby Dazzler and The Last of the Australians. His most recent film roles are in Romulus, My Father in 2007, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010, and Paper Planes and Looking for Grace both in 2015.

Political career[edit]

Norris left Cop Shop in 1982 to pursue a career in state politics by standing for a seat in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He was the Australian Labor Party member for Noble Park from 1982 to 1985 and then for Dandenong from 1985 to 1992.[1][2]


  • 1980 Logie Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Series for 'Cop Shop'
  • 2000 nominated AFI Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Innocence'
  • 2001 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards – Best Supporting Actor Male for 'Innocence'

Private life[edit]

Norris is married to English-born actress Julia Blake[3] and is the father of actresses Sarah Norris and Jane Norris.


External links[edit]

Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Peter Collins
Member for Noble Park
District abolished
Preceded by
Rob Jolly
Member for Dandenong
Succeeded by
John Pandazopoulos