"What else could one do to culminate a career than to become a very great international star as the voice of a Muppet?"
July 31, 2012 3:23 AM Subscribe
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You probably didn't know the name or face of New Zealand actor Jonathan Hardy, but you may recognise his voice: he was Dominar Rygel XVI
in TV's Farscape
But did you know he was also an Academy Award-nominated scriptwriter?
He died at his home in the NSW Southern Highlands on Sunday.
includes many of the important Australian TV series and films of the past few decades including Moulin Rouge (as The Man In The Moon), but perhaps his greatest legacy was that he also wrote the screenplay for the film Breaker Morant
) one of the iconic
Australian films of the 1980s, and a fascinating snapsot of the life of an Australian folk hero
, who remains controversial to this day
He received an Australian Film Institute award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Breaker Morant in 1981.
On TV he appeared in the Prisoner (aka Cell Block H, the 1989 revival of Mission: Impossible or and The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years
. He also wrote for The Adventures of Skippy for two years.
Sure, he acted on stage with Sir John Gielgud and Sir Laurence Olivier, but no footage of that exists, so here are some scenes from Farscape about crackers
, and Hynerian bodily functions
Here he is at a Farscape Con
He was also in a little film you may have heard of called Mad Max.
(For those who can Breaker Morant is apparently on Hulu
He may have also helped provide
a visual basis
for Rygel's eventual design, and joined his cast members on screen for two episodes Kahaynu the builder in "I Do, I Think" and "The Maltese Crichton".