Vale Tony Barry

One of the most recognisable actors in the Australian screen industry, Tony Barry was also one of the most respected and prolific.

An undeniable stalwart of the local film and television industry, with a career spanning five decades, nearly 60 films and dozens of television series, Tony Barry has died after a long illness. He was 81.

Born in Ipswich, Queensland on 28 August 1941, Barry’s first credit on the Internet Movie Database is listed as Skippy: the Bush Kangaroo in 1968. After debuting in such an iconic series, he accrued a total of 160 film and TV credits, with his final role, in four episodes of Marta Dusseldorp’s new series Bay of Fires, due to screen on the ABC next year.

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Madeleine Swain is ArtsHub’s managing editor. Originally from England where she trained as an actor, she has over 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor and film reviewer in print, television, radio and online. She is also currently Vice Chair of JOY Media.