Michael Laurence (24 November 1935 – 23 March 2015) was an Australian actor, producer and scriptwriter best known for creating Return to Eden.
He began his career as a child actor on Sydney radio, before winning a scholarship at 18 to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, before appearing in theatre productions, including everything from Shakespearean roles to musicals.
He created, directed and starred in the Nine Network production The Godfathers, which won the Logie Award for Best Comedy in 1971. He worked on the popular serial Number 96, and other successful miniseries including the children's series The Lost Island, a 22-part story on Network Ten, Which Way Home, The Last Frontier and Shadow of the Cobra. His work, including more than 200-hour of commercial television, was sold to numerous countries.On the Hop (1967) - TV play
The Godfathers (1971–72) - TV series
Number 96 - various episodes
Return to Eden (1983) - mini series - writer
The Last Frontier (1986) - mini series
Which Way Home (1991) - TV movie
Shadow of the Cobra