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John Meillon is a Actor Australien born on 1 may 1934 at Mosman (Australie)

John Meillon

John Meillon
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Nationality Australie
Birth 1 may 1934 at Mosman (Australie)
Death 11 august 1989 (at 55 years) at Mosman (Australie)

John Meillon, OBE (MEL-yun) (1 May 1934 – 10 August 1989) was an iconic 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, Sydney. 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 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 ("Rita the Eta Eater") on 5 April 1972; they also had a son.

Meillon was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours, for service to theatre. In June 1980 Meillon's 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.

At 16 Meillon had been junior diving champion of New South Wales. He continued to enjoy swimming, as well as fishing, golf and pub culture. Survived by his wife and his son from his first marriage, Meillon died of 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.

Best films

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

Usually with

Paul Hogan
Paul Hogan
(2 films)
Nicolas Roeg
Nicolas Roeg
(2 films)
Michael Craig
Michael Craig
(4 films)
Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(2 films)
John Power
John Power
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Meillon (42 films)

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Crocodile Dundee II, 1h47
Directed by John Cornell
Origin Australie
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Films about drugs, Transport films
Actors Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, Charles Dutton, Juan Fernández de Alarcón, Kenneth Welsh
Roles Walter Reilly
Rating57% 2.8510352.8510352.8510352.8510352.851035
A year has passed since the events of "Crocodile" Dundee, and Mick Dundee and Sue Charlton are living happily together in New York. Although Mick's ignorance of city life is a hazard when he attempts to continue his former lifestyle, like blast fishing in Manhattan's waters, Sue's writing has made him a popular public figure. He later goes to work for Leroy Brown, a mild-mannered stationery salesman trying to live up to his self-perceived 'bad guy in the streets' image.
Bullseye (1987)
, 1h33
Directed by Carl Schultz
Genres Adventure, Western
Actors Paul Chubb, Kathryn Walker, Lynette Curran, Bruce Spence, John Meillon, Kerry Walker
Roles Merritt
Rating49% 2.484462.484462.484462.484462.48446
In the 1860s, two friends, Harry and Bluey, steal a thousand head of cattle and trek it across country from Queensland to Adelaide.
Crocodile Dundee, 1h35
Directed by Paul Hogan, Peter Faiman
Origin Australie
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, Terry Gill, Ritchie Singer, David Gulpilil
Roles Walter Reilly
Rating65% 3.2983753.2983753.2983753.2983753.298375
Sue Charlton is a feature writer for Newsday (which her father owns) and is dating her editor, Richard Mason. She travels to Walkabout Creek, a small hamlet in the Northern Territory of Australia, to meet Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee, a bushman reported to have lost half a leg to a Saltwater Crocodile. On arrival in Walkabout Creek (by helicopter due to its remote location), she cannot locate Dundee, but she is entertained at the local pub by Dundee's business partner Walter "Wally" Reilly, who does his best to explain the town and some of its inhabitants, including the towering hulk Donk, who wins money by placing a glass of beer on his head and challenging people to try and spill the beer by punching him in the stomach (Wally explains that Donk has never spilled a drop). When Dundee finally arrives later that night (dramatically announcing his entrance by throwing his hunting knife at the bar and wrestling a stuffed dead crocodile), Sue finds his leg is not missing, but he has a large scar which he refers to as a "love bite". While Sue dances with Dundee, a group of city kangaroo shooters make fun of Dundee's status as a crocodile hunter, causing him to knock the leader out with one punch. Feeling lucky, he then challenges Donk and proceeds to make him spill the entire glass, not by hitting him in the stomach, but by kissing him on the lips and thus startling him into dropping the tankard.
Heatwave (1982)
, 1h33
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Judy Davis, Richard Moir, Bill Hunter, Chris Haywood, Paul Chubb, John Meillon
Roles Freddy Dwyer
Rating63% 3.188423.188423.188423.188423.18842
Around Christmas time a heatwave hits Sydney and an architect undertakes a controversial project.
The Picture Show Man, 1h38
Directed by John Power
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors John Meillon, John Ewart, Rod Taylor, Garry McDonald, Patrick Cargill, Harold Douglas Hopkins
Roles Maurice 'Pop' Pym
Rating66% 3.333593.333593.333593.333593.33359
Maurice Pym is a travelling cinema operator in the 1920s who tours country New South Wales with his son Larry and pianist Freddie.
The Fourth Wish, 1h47
Directed by Don Chaffey
Actors John Meillon, Michael Craig, Anne Haddy, Ron Haddrick, Robyn Nevin, Edwin Hodgeman
Roles Casey
Rating68% 3.414293.414293.414293.414293.41429
Casey learns that his 12-year-old son Sean has leukaemia and will die in a few months. Casey leaves his job to devote himself to making his son happy, seeing to grant three wishes of Sean: to own a dog, be reunited with his mother, and meet the Queen.