Shane Porteous

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Shane Porteous
Born John Shane Porteous
(1942-08-17) 17 August 1942 (age 75)
Coleraine, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education University of Queensland
Occupation Actor
scriptwriter (Silver Logie Award Recipient)
animation layout artist>
voice artist
Years active 1966–present
Known for A Country Practice
Spouse(s) Jenny
Children 3
Parent(s)
  • Stanley Porteous (father)

John Shane Porteous (born 17 August 1942) as Shane Porteous is an Australian actor, scriptwriter, animation layout artist and animation voice artist. As a scriptwriter, he is sometimes credited as "John Hanlon". He remains best known for his long run as Dr. Terence Elliot in TV serial A Country Practice

Early life[edit]

Shane Porteous was born in Coleraine, Victoria in 1942,[1] to pilot Stanley Porteous[2] and his wife.[3] He was raised in Queensland and attended the University of Queensland, graduating with a B.A.[1] He was a member of the UQ Dramatic Society and performed with actors such as Jack Thompson and Michael Caton at the Avalon Theatre in 1965.[4] Porteous moved to Sydney in 1967.

Professional career[edit]

Porteous is best known for playing original character Dr Terence Elliott in the television drama series A Country Practice during its twelve-year run on the Seven Network (1981-93), a role for which he won the Silver Logie award in 1992. He has also won AWGIE Awards for his various scriptwriting projects.

Television roles[edit]

Other TV credits include Catch Kandy, Homicide, Matlock Police, Certain Women 1973-76, The Box in 1974, Number 96 in 1977, Glenview High, Cop Shop, The Restless Years, Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers and Heartbreak High.[5]

Scriptwriting[edit]

He has also written scripts for several television series, including Neighbours and Home and Away, sometimes under the name "John Hanlon".

Theatre[edit]

Porteous has performed in many stage plays, among them Hamlet, Death of a Salesman (1970), the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. In June 2010 he completed a touring performance of Codgers with Ron Haddrick among others.[6]

He was a regular at the Q Theatre in Penrith, New South Wales, and was also the ambassador for "The Q",[clarification needed] which was demolished in August 2005 and moved to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.[7]

Animation[edit]

Porteous has also provided animation services to Hanna-Barbera, and has created layouts for the film versions of "The Magic Pudding" and "Blinky Bill".

Popular culture[edit]

He is referenced in the popular Australian song "I'm So Post Modern" by the Bedroom Philosopher.

Honours[edit]

He was honoured for his contribution to scriptwriting and the performing arts by being awarded the Centenary Medal in the New Year's Honours List of 2001.[8]

Personal[edit]

Porteous resides in the village of Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. He has a wife, Jenny, and three grown children, Fiona, Polly and Ben.[9]

He is the grandson of Gladstone Porteous, an Australian missionary to China.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Moran, Albert and Keating, Chris (2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 9780810870222. 
  2. ^ "Family Notices". Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957). 1943-10-02. p. 2. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  3. ^ Melissa Maddison (5 August 2013). "Actor Shane Porteous asks for help to solve 70yo 'Frank' sketch mystery". ABC News. 
  4. ^ Nigel, Pearn,; Richard, Fotheringham, (2007). "A history of the Avalon Theatre, 1921-2007". 
  5. ^ Shane Porteous on IMDb
  6. ^ "Codgers". Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "The History of the Q Theatre". Archived from the original on 20 Oct 2010. 
  8. ^ It's an Honour
  9. ^ A Country Practice

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