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Steve Bisley (born 26 December 1951) is an Australian writer, film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Mad Max and The Great Gatsby. On TV, some of his better-known roles include Detective Sergeant Jack Christey on Water Rats and Jim Knight on Doctor Doctor.

Steve Bisley
Bisley in February 2012
Born (1951-12-26)26 December 1951 (age 70)
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1977-present
Spouse(s)
Sally Burleigh
(m. 2000; div. 2006)​
Children6

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Bisley was born at Lake Munmorah, New South Wales and grew up on a small farm called Stillways. The son of schoolteachers, he moved to Sydney just after his seventeenth birthday. After a few years of working in various jobs, he enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating with a degree in acting in 1977. Other actors in his class included Mel Gibson, Judy Davis, Debra Lawrance and Sally McKenzie.

While still training at NIDA, Bisley and his friend Mel Gibson made their film debuts in Summer City (1977). Towards the end of the course, they were approached by director George Miller and asked to audition for parts in Mad Max (1979). Both were successful and Bisley went on to play "Jim Goose", the best friend and partner to Gibson's titular character. Mad Max has since become a cult classic and it launched Mel Gibson to mainstream stardom. After this, Bisley played the lead role in the thriller The Chain Reaction (1980), with Mel Gibson making a brief appearance. His other early film credits include roles in The Highest Honor (1983), The Winds of Jarrah (1983), Fast Talking (1984) and Silver City (1984).

In 1980, Bisley played Joe Byrne in The Last Outlaw, a critically acclaimed TV mini-series about Ned Kelly. He was also seen in A Town Like Alice, the Boy in the Bush and the original 1985 mini-series of the medical drama The Flying Doctors.

In 1986, he and his family temporarily relocated to London where he took the lead role in the BBC series Call Me Mister.

Back in Australia, he played the lead role in the 1988 TV movie The Clean Machine. For his role as Inspector Ed Riordan, he won the Best Actor in a One-off Drama accolade at the 1988 Penguin Awards. In 1990 he co-starred with Ben Mendelsohn in the cult teen comedy The Big Steal. His performance as shonky car salesman Gordon Farkas remains one of his most remembered roles.

In 1992, Bisley joined the cast of Police Rescue, playing Senior Sergeant Kevin 'Nipper' Harris. He appeared in 29 episodes, leaving in 1995. He was next seen as Dr Henry King in the ABC-TV seriesG.P. After this, he became a regular on the third and final season of the critically acclaimed satirical television series Frontline.

In 1998, he began to appear as a guest in Nine’s police drama series Water Rats, playing Detective Jack Christey. The following year, he became one of the lead actors on the show, replacing Colin Friels who had quit due to ill-health. Bisley left the show in 2001 but it turned out that his final episode was also the series’ swansong.

Also a stage actor, Bisley has appeared in drama productions. His stage roles include parts in Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1985/1995) and as Banjo Paterson in the musical theatre production of The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular (August-October 2002). In July 2003, he presented a season of television documentaries on the National Geographic Channel.

From 2007-2009, he played CMDR Steve Marshall on Sea Patrol. From 2016-2018. he was seen in the first two series of Doctor Doctor, playing the father of the lead character. In 2016, Bisley appeared as Harry Firth in the two-part Australian miniseries Brock on Network Ten. The miniseries was based on the life of Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock.

In 2013, he appeared as Dan Cody in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He was also seen in the Australian films Red Hill (2010) and Boar (2017). He has revealed that he turned down a role in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film Romeo + Juliet because he read the script and thought "this is going nowhere".. He will next be seen in the third series of Mystery Road

In 2013, Bisley published his first book, called Stillways: A Memoir. The book recounted his life growing up in Lake Munmorah, finishing up when he was in his mid-teens. The book was well received and was subsequently shortlisted for the 2014 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, and the 2014 National Biography Awards. In 2017, Bisley published his second book, a memoir called All the Burning Bridges. Picking up where Stillways had left off, it covered his adult life. He has said he does not plan to write any more memoirs. Instead, he is concentrating on writing his first novel.

Personal life

Steve Bisley has been married once. Prior to this, he had four children with long-time partner Shauna Forrest. During the 1980s Forrest was a costume designer for models and actresses.

He married Sally Burleigh, a media publicist in 2000. They had two children before divorcing in 2006. In September 2009 Bisley was charged with assaulting Burleigh and, on 15 September 2010, he was found guilty and sentenced to "300 hours community service". Bisley lodged an appeal against the conviction. In July 2013 while promoting his autobiography, Stillways: A Memoir, he described the assault as "a push and shove incident with high emotion displayed on both sides".

Bisley's plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame, Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney
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  2. "NIDA - All alumni".
  3. Steve Bisley (2017). All The Burning Bridges - A Memoir. Bonnier Echo. ISBN 9781760400842.
  4. Hook, Barbara (21 November 1988). "Doogue aside, Penguins look good". The Age. Retrieved4 February 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. Brock at the Internet Movie Data Base
  6. "Steve Bisley Reveals The Roles He's Turned Down".
  7. "Home Truths". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 13 July 2013. Retrieved3 November 2015.
  8. Flynn, Greg (7 April 1982). "Costume Play for Kim". The Australian Women's Weekly. Supplement: TV & Entertainment World. National Library of Australia. p. 146. Retrieved3 November 2015.
  9. "Actor Steve Bisley charged with assaulting ex-wife Sally Burleigh". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 9 September 2009. Retrieved3 November 2015.
  10. "Actor Steve Bisley found guilty of assaulting Sally Burleigh". The Daily Telegraph. 15 September 2010. Retrieved3 November 2015.
  11. Davies, Lisa (22 September 2010). "'Just don't judge me', says actor Steve Bisley". The Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved3 November 2015.
  12. "Australian Film Festival Walk of Fame". Chic Traveller. Retrieved23 June 2011.
  • "The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia – Theatre . Film . Radio . Television – Volume 1" – Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee – Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996
  • "The Australian Film and Television Companion" – compiled by Tony Harrison – Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994

Steve Bisley Article Talk Language Watch Edit This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification Please help by adding reliable sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful Find sources Steve Bisley news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2013 Learn how and when to remove this template message Steve Bisley born 26 December 1951 is an Australian writer film and television actor He is best known for his roles in the films Mad Max and The Great Gatsby On TV some of his better known roles include Detective Sergeant Jack Christey on Water Rats and Jim Knight on Doctor Doctor Steve BisleyBisley in February 2012Born 1951 12 26 26 December 1951 age 70 Lake Munmorah New South Wales AustraliaOccupationActor writerYears active1977 presentSpouse s Sally Burleigh m 2000 div 2006 wbr Children6 Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2 1 Personal life 3 Awards 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External linksEarly life EditBisley was born at Lake Munmorah New South Wales and grew up on a small farm called Stillways 1 The son of schoolteachers he moved to Sydney just after his seventeenth birthday After a few years of working in various jobs he enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art NIDA graduating with a degree in acting in 1977 Other actors in his class included Mel Gibson Judy Davis Debra Lawrance and Sally McKenzie 2 Career EditWhile still training at NIDA Bisley and his friend Mel Gibson made their film debuts in Summer City 1977 Towards the end of the course they were approached by director George Miller and asked to audition for parts in Mad Max 1979 Both were successful and Bisley went on to play Jim Goose the best friend and partner to Gibson s titular character Mad Max has since become a cult classic and it launched Mel Gibson to mainstream stardom After this Bisley played the lead role in the thriller The Chain Reaction 1980 with Mel Gibson making a brief appearance His other early film credits include roles in The Highest Honor 1983 The Winds of Jarrah 1983 Fast Talking 1984 and Silver City 1984 In 1980 Bisley played Joe Byrne in The Last Outlaw a critically acclaimed TV mini series about Ned Kelly He was also seen in A Town Like Alice the Boy in the Bush and the original 1985 mini series of the medical drama The Flying Doctors In 1986 he and his family temporarily relocated to London where he took the lead role in the BBC series Call Me Mister 3 Back in Australia he played the lead role in the 1988 TV movie The Clean Machine For his role as Inspector Ed Riordan he won the Best Actor in a One off Drama accolade at the 1988 Penguin Awards 4 In 1990 he co starred with Ben Mendelsohn in the cult teen comedy The Big Steal His performance as shonky car salesman Gordon Farkas remains one of his most remembered roles In 1992 Bisley joined the cast of Police Rescue playing Senior Sergeant Kevin Nipper Harris He appeared in 29 episodes leaving in 1995 He was next seen as Dr Henry King in the ABC TV series G P After this he became a regular on the third and final season of the critically acclaimed satirical television series Frontline In 1998 he began to appear as a guest in Nine s police drama series Water Rats playing Detective Jack Christey The following year he became one of the lead actors on the show replacing Colin Friels who had quit due to ill health Bisley left the show in 2001 but it turned out that his final episode was also the series swansong Also a stage actor Bisley has appeared in drama productions His stage roles include parts in Ray Lawler s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 1985 1995 and as Banjo Paterson in the musical theatre production of The Man from Snowy River Arena Spectacular August October 2002 In July 2003 he presented a season of television documentaries on the National Geographic Channel From 2007 2009 he played CMDR Steve Marshall on Sea Patrol From 2016 2018 he was seen in the first two series of Doctor Doctor playing the father of the lead character In 2016 Bisley appeared as Harry Firth in the two part Australian miniseries Brock on Network Ten The miniseries was based on the life of Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock 5 In 2013 he appeared as Dan Cody in Baz Luhrmann s adaptation of The Great Gatsby He was also seen in the Australian films Red Hill 2010 and Boar 2017 He has revealed that he turned down a role in Baz Luhrmann s 1996 film Romeo Juliet because he read the script and thought this is going nowhere 6 He will next be seen in the third series of Mystery Road In 2013 Bisley published his first book called Stillways A Memoir The book recounted his life growing up in Lake Munmorah finishing up when he was in his mid teens The book was well received and was subsequently shortlisted for the 2014 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non Fiction in the NSW Premier s Literary Awards the Queensland Literary Awards and the 2014 National Biography Awards In 2017 Bisley published his second book a memoir called All the Burning Bridges Picking up where Stillways had left off it covered his adult life He has said he does not plan to write any more memoirs Instead he is concentrating on writing his first novel Personal life Edit Steve Bisley has been married once Prior to this he had four children with long time partner Shauna Forrest 7 During the 1980s Forrest was a costume designer for models and actresses 8 He married Sally Burleigh a media publicist in 2000 They had two children before divorcing in 2006 9 In September 2009 Bisley was charged with assaulting Burleigh and on 15 September 2010 he was found guilty and sentenced to 300 hours community service 10 11 Bisley lodged an appeal against the conviction 11 In July 2013 while promoting his autobiography Stillways A Memoir he described the assault as a push and shove incident with high emotion displayed on both sides 7 Awards Edit Bisley s plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame Ritz Cinema Randwick Sydney Winner AFI award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1984 film Silver City Winner AFI award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1990 film The Big Steal Member of the Australian Film Walk of Fame in recognition of his film and television career 12 Filmography EditSummer City 1977 Boo Newsfront 1978 The Iceman Mad Max 1979 Jim Goose The Last of the Knucklemen 1979 Mad Dog The Chain Reaction 1980 Larry The Highest Honor 1982 A B W G Falls Squizzy Taylor 1982 Snowy Cutmore The Winds of Jarrah 1983 Clem Mathieson Fast Talking 1984 Redback Silver City 1984 Victor The Clean Machine 1988 Ed Riordan The Big Steal 1990 Gordon Farkas Over the Hill 1992 Benedict Sanctuary 1995 Robert Bob King Frontline 1997 Graham Prowsey Prowse In the Red 1999 Sparky The View from Greenhaven 2008 Lach Subdivision 2009 Harry Red Hill 2010 Old Bill I Love You Too 2010 Bill The Wedding Party 2010 Roger The Great Gatsby 2013 Dan Cody Doctor Doctor 2016 2018 Jim KnightReferences Edit Steve Bisley 2013 Stillways Fourth Estate ISBN 9780732297848 NIDA All alumni Steve Bisley 2017 All The Burning Bridges A Memoir Bonnier Echo ISBN 9781760400842 Hook Barbara 21 November 1988 Doogue aside Penguins look good The Age Retrieved 4 February 2021 via Newspapers com Brock at the Internet Movie Data Base Steve Bisley Reveals The Roles He s Turned Down a b Home Truths The Australian News Corp Australia 13 July 2013 Retrieved 3 November 2015 Flynn Greg 7 April 1982 Costume Play for Kim The Australian Women s Weekly Supplement TV amp Entertainment World National Library of Australia p 146 Retrieved 3 November 2015 Actor Steve Bisley charged with assaulting ex wife Sally Burleigh The Australian News Corp Australia 9 September 2009 Retrieved 3 November 2015 Actor Steve Bisley found guilty of assaulting Sally Burleigh The Daily Telegraph 15 September 2010 Retrieved 3 November 2015 a b Davies Lisa 22 September 2010 Just don t judge me says actor Steve Bisley The Herald Sun News Corp Australia Retrieved 3 November 2015 Australian Film Festival Walk of Fame Chic Traveller Retrieved 23 June 2011 The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia Theatre Film Radio Television Volume 1 Ann Atkinson Linsay Knight Margaret McPhee Allen amp Unwin Pty Ltd 1996 The Australian Film and Television Companion compiled by Tony Harrison Simon amp Schuster Australia 1994External links EditSteve Bisley at IMDb Steve Bisley s Water Rats profile Australian Television Information Archive Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steve Bisley amp oldid 1067024009, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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