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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Post 360 - John Meillon - Hot Pie And Tomato Sauce / We're A Weird Mob


John Meillon born on the 1st of May 1934, was an legendary Australian actor, most widely known outside Australia for his role as Walter Reilly in the films Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II. Meillon was born in Mosman, Sydney. 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 AFI Award for Best Actor for his role of 'Casey' in the film The Fourth Wish (1976). He married Australian actress June Salter in 1958. They were divorced in 1971. They had one son, John Meillon, Jr. He then married actress Bunny Gibson on 5 April 1972: they also had a son. In 1967 John recorded a song for RCA Records called "Hot Pie And Tomato Sauce" b/w "We're A Weird Mob" (101780) with the Orchestra directed by Tommy Tycho. You could never buy this promotional only record, it was manufactured for publicity purposes only and is extremely rare to find these days. John also voiced Victoria Bitter beer commercials until his unfortunate death on the 11th of August 1989.

2 comments:

john said...

It's hard to pick a favourite side on this as I love them both. This single has reached a somewhat legedary status amongst my group of friends. We even used the picture sleeve as a flyer for a DJ night we do from time to time. I only just came across your blog tonight but I'll be spending a lot of time catching up.

Dr. Keats said...

Meillon had more than a recurring role on "McGooley", he was one of the two male leads. And his voice continued to be used on the Victoria Bitter ads for some fifteen years after his death...