George Buchan Ogilvie, born in Goulburn, New South Wales on 5 March 1931, is a prolific Australian theatre director and actor, who has also worked as director and actor within film and television.
George Ogilvie began as an actor at the Canberra Rep Theatre, and eventually moved to the United Kingdom where he trained, taught and acted. In 1965, he returned to Australia to take up the position of associate director with the Melbourne Theatre Company, where he stayed for six years. He then worked as artistic director at the South Australian Theatre Company for four years, followed by 12 years as part of the subsidised theatre network. In 1988 he became a freelance director, working with the Australian Opera, the Australian Ballet Company and various theatre companies.
His television credits include the 1983 miniseries The Dismissal (where he played the Labor Senator Jim McClelland), the miniseries Bodyline (1984) (where he was one of the writers and also directed three of the seven episodes), and direction of the TV films The Shiralee (1987), Touch the Sun: Princess Kate (1988), The Battlers (1994), two episodes of the miniseries The Feds (1994), and 11 episodes of the long-running police series Blue Heelers between 2002 and 2006.
His film credits include Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), which he directed together with George Miller, Short Changed (1985), the much awarded The Place at the Coast (1987), and The Crossing (1990), where Russell Crowe was first seen on the screen.
George Ogilvie regularly teaches and directs at NIDA and Actors Centre Australia. In 1983 he was made an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the theatre and the performing arts.
In 2006, the Australian performing arts association Currency House published his autobiography: Simple Gifts - a life in the theatre.George Ogilvie (2006). Simple Gifts – A Life in the Theatre. Sydney: Currency House. ISBN 9780975730171.