Greg Gomez Pead
27 July 1953
Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Lulu Serious (c. 1988 – 2007)|
Yahoo Serious (born Greg Gomez Pead;[a] 27 July 1953) is an Australian film actor, director, and score composer. His films include the comedy films Young Einstein (1988), Reckless Kelly (1993), and Mr. Accident (2000). Serious writes, directs, produces, stars in, and has composed the scores for his movies.
Pead was born on 27 July 1953 in Cardiff, City of Lake Macquarie in the Hunter Region, New South Wales, Australia. He attended Glendale East Public School and Cardiff High School, then worked as a tyre fitter to pay for his tuition at the National Art School in Sydney, but was expelled.
After being expelled from art school, Serious co-wrote, co-produced, edited and directed at age 21 his first film, Coaltown, "with the assistance of the Australian Film Institute". Released in 1977, Coaltown explores the social and political history of coal mining.
In 1988, Serious co-wrote, produced, and directed Young Einstein, an intentionally inaccurate movie portraying Albert Einstein as a young apple farmer in Tasmania who derives the formula E=mc² while trying to discover a means of creating beer bubbles, splitting the beer atom in the process. After leaving Tasmania for Sydney on the mainland to patent his discovery, he goes on to develop rock music and surfing, romances Marie Curie, and saves Paris from an atomic bomb. The film's popularity propelled Serious to stardom which saw him appear on the cover of TIME and Mad magazines, and even get his own primetime slot on MTV. The movie was a success in Australia but a critical and commercial flop upon receiving a wide release in the United States.
In 1993, Serious released his next film, Reckless Kelly, a satire about a modern descendant of the notorious Australian bank robber Ned Kelly who also becomes a movie star in Hollywood. While Reckless Kelly was a hit in Australia, it failed outside of the country and ended Serious's bid for mainstream international popularity. In 2000, Serious released his third film, Mr. Accident, about the most accident-prone man in the world. Like Reckless Kelly, the film was not a commercial success outside Australia.
Honours and awards
In July 2020, Serious was evicted from his Sydney rental property and ordered to pay $15,000 in rent arrears to the landlords. Serious stated that he was unable to pay due to the impacts of COVID-19, but was unable to substantiate this claim.
Lawsuit against Yahoo!
In August 2000, Yahoo Serious tried to sue the search engine Yahoo! for trademark infringement. The case was thrown out because Serious could not prove that he sells products or services under the name "Yahoo" and therefore could not prove that he suffered harm or confusion due to the search engine.
- Young Einstein (1988) – Actor, director, writer and producer
- Reckless Kelly (1993) – Actor, director, writer and producer
- Mr. Accident (2000) – Actor, director, writer and producer
- Cinema 3 – (1990) – TV series, 1 episode
- Waltzing Matilda: The Song That Shaped a Nation (1995) – Documentary
- In the Cannes (2007) – Short documentary film
- Name-change by deed poll in 1980.
- Forsberg, Myra (30 July 1989). "FILM; The Name's Serious. Yahoo Serious". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
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- "Coaltown". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
1977, English, Video edition: Coaltown [motion picture] : Newcastle Australia / written & edited by Greg Pead ; filmed & produced by Greg Pead & David Roach ; with the assistance of the Australian Film Institute.
- James, Caryn (4 August 1989). "Review/Film; Silliness And Science That Equal One Einstein". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- Buckmaster, Luke (14 May 2015). "Reckless Kelly Rewatched – Yahoo Serious in Surreal and Satirical Form". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- Siklos, Richard (29 January 2006). "When Terry Met Jerry, Yahoo!". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
... Australian comic named Yahoo Serious who starred in the 1988 Warner Brothers flop Young Einstein ...
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- Reines, Ros (20 May 2007). "Serious Problems for Yahoo and Lulu". Features. Sunday Telegraph. p. 126. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- "Yahoo Serious evicted from Sydney home for failing to pay rent". NewsComAu. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- "Yahoo Serious evicted from Sydney home after falling $27,000 behind in rental payments". the Guardian. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- Morris, Rachel. "Yahoo Is Really Serious – Actor Sues Internet Company over Name" The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 22 September 2001, Local Section, p. 10