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Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson is a noted Australian star that was honored as Best Supporting Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor by the Australian Film Institute for his performance in Bruce Beresford's much acclaimed BREAKER MORANT. In 1994, the Film Critics of Australia named him Best Actor for his role opposite Russell Crowe in THE SUM OF US.

An Australian icon whose career parallels the nation's emergence into mainstream cinema, Thompson first gained prominence as star of the television series SPYFORCE, and then further established his credential's with the feature films PETERSEN and SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY. As an integral player in the fast-growing Australian film industry during the 1970's, he also starred in such hits as MAD DOG MORGAN, THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, and THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER.

Other titles in his filmography include Nagisa Oshima's MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE, Mike Newell's BAD BLOOD, Paul Verhoeven's FLESH AND BLOOD, Carol Ballard's WIND, Bruce Beresford's LAST DANCE, Clint Eastwood's MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, Michael Cristofer's ORIGINAL SIN, George Lucas' STAR WARS: EPISODE II, Brett Leonard's MANTHING, and most recently Anna Reeves OYSTER FARMER.

Thompson is known to the American television audience for roles opposite Sally Field in A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS and Ingrid Bergman in GOLDA. Thompson has been honored with the Order of Australia for his contributions to the Australian film industry and has been Australian's Good Will Ambassador to the United Nations for numerous years.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Jack Thompson Facts

Birth Name John Hadley Payne
OccupationActor
BirthdayAugust 31, 1940 (77)
SignVirgo
BirthplaceSydney, Australia

Selected Filmography

Not available.