|Role Character actor|
Name John Meillon
|Years active 1959–1988|
Children John Meillon Jr.
|Born 1 May 1934 (1934-05-01) Mosman, New South Wales, Australia|
Died August 10, 1989, Neutral Bay, Australia
Spouse Rita Gibson (m. 1972–1989), June Salter (m. 1958–1971)
TV shows My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?
Movies "Crocodile" Dundee, "Crocodile" Dundee II, Walkabout, The Cars That Ate Paris, Wake in Fright
Similar People Linda Kozlowski, John Cornell, Peter Faiman, Paul Hogan, David Gulpilil
Cause of death Cirrhosis of the liver
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John Meillon, ( ; 1 May 1934 – 10 August 1989) was an Australian character actor, known for many straight as well as comedy roles, he became most widely known internationally however as Walter Reilly in the films Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II. He also voiced Victoria Bitter beer adverts.
Meillon was born in Mosman, New South Wales. His younger brother was director Bob Meillon (1943–2012).
He began his acting career at the age of eleven in the ABC's radio serial "Stumpy", and made his first stage appearance the following year. He joined the Shakespeare Touring Company when he was sixteen. Like many actors of his generation from 1959 to 1965 he worked in England, but while working in Britain he consciously steered away from Australian roles. Meillon claimed that he learnt discipline while working in theatre and that television was not a good a medium for training.
He had a recurring role in the TV series My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?. He featured in two episodes of Skippy in 1968 and 1969 appearing as "Nimble Norris". In 1976, he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role of 'Casey' in the film The Fourth Wish (1976).
With his rich baritone, Meillon was used extensively in voice-over work—most famously in his work as the "you can get it any old how" Victoria Bitter narrator.
He married Australian actress June Salter in 1958 and they had one son, John Meillon, Jr. Meillon and Salter were divorced in 1971. Meillon married actress Bunny Gibson on 5 April 1972; they also had a son.
Meillon was appointed an OBE in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours, for service to theatre.
In June 1980, his favourite pub, The Oaks at Neutral Bay, opened The John Meillon OBE Bar in his honour. Meillon continued to frequent the bar over the following decade, including visiting in the week before his death from cirrhosis. His body was found in his home at Neutral Bay on 11 August 1989. He was awarded the Raymond Longford lifetime achievement award posthumously.