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John Wood

Alfred P. Doolittle - Brisbane

John is a veteran of the Australian entertainment industry, having appeared in numerous roles on stage and screen. The 2006 TV Week Logie Awards "Race for Gold" took the general public and the media by storm - John Wood had been nominated for the Gold Logie (for Australian Television's most popular personality) for the 10th year in a row and voting only ceased when the broadcast went to air. The room erupted when Maggie Tabberer announced John Wood had won.

In 1976 he appeared in ABC TV's groundbreaking Power Without Glory  for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Logie. He starred as Michael Rafferty in the hit drama Rafferty's Rules  from 1984 to 1989, winning the inaugural Most Outstanding Actor Logie in 1988; and again winning in 1989 as well as taking out The Variety Club award for Television Actor of the year.

In 1993 John landed the role of Tom Croydon in one of Australia most popular ever TV dramas, Blue Heelers, which ran for an astonishing 12 years. Along with the aforementioned Gold Logie he won a couple of Silver's and again in 2000 won the Variety Club Television Actor of the year award. In 2004 he took on a very different role as one of the celebrities in the year's biggest debut program, Dancing With The Stars.

John has appeared in numerous plays and musicals, beginning in 1970 with Death Of A Salesman, Major Barbara and Oedipus.  He has played Hamlet, appeared in Flash Jim Vaux, Measure For Measure (twice), Hamlet On Ice, Jumpers, Last Of The Knucklemen, Plough And The Stars, Mouther Courage (twice), Away, Love Letters, Chess The Musical, Another Time, King Of Country, How To Succeed....(twice), the World premieres of Patrick White's Signal Driver and Netherwood, Stephen Sewell's The Blind Giant Is Dancing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Jonah, Pravda, A Flea In Her Ear, The Goldberg Variations, The Real Inspector Hound, Born Yesterday, She Loves Me, Art (in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth), and The Elocution Of Benjamin Franklin  (his first solo performance).

These productions have been for all the major companies all over Australia.

He first played Jock Riley inThe Club for MTC in 1998, and won a Green Room Award for Best Actor, revisited the character for STC in 2003, and completes a national tour of the show for Hit Productions in June 2008. This highly successful tour has taken in nearly 80 venues all over the country, and when it ends, concludes a 10 year association with the character and the play.

John has most recently been seen in Sewell's It Just Stopped  for Malthouse and Belvoir St, for which he also won a best actor Green Room Award; MTC'sThe Ghostwriter by Ross Mueller, and the 10 Network Mini Series Death In The Outback, based on the Joanne Lees story.

In June 2008 he will be playing the lead in an ABCTV six part Mini series entitled The Cut, written by John Misto, and will appear in the commercial seasons of Opera Australia's production of My Fair Lady  as Doolittle.

He has written and directed for the theatre, and written extensively for television, and at the moment has no intention of stopping.


 

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