Bert LaBonte

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Bert LaBonte is an Australian actor.

Early life[edit]

LaBonte grew up in Melbourne's southeastern suburbs with his parents and two older sisters. His parents migrated from Mauritius in the late 1960s. He discovered a passion for acting at nine when he played Fagin in his school production of Oliver!.[1]

Career[edit]

At 17 LaBonte enrolled in performing arts at the University of Ballarat.[1]

His extensive theatre credits include Rupert, Birdland, Elling, Lungs, Richard III, A Behanding in Spokane, The Female of the Species and The Mountaintop (Melbourne Theatre Company), Phèdre (Bell Shakespeare), I Am a Miracle and The Good Person of Szechuan (Malthouse Theatre).[2][3]

His musical theatre credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company), An Officer and a Gentleman DreamLover The Book of Mormon (GFO), Grey Gardens, Chess, and Kismet (The Production Company), Guys and Dolls (Ambassador Theatre Group), Next to Normal (Melbourne Theatre Company), Pippin (Kookaburra), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour for Really Useful Group), When I Fall In Love – The Nat King Cole Story, and Let’s Get It On – The Life & Music of Marvin Gaye.

His film and television credits include Animal Kingdom, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Rats and Cats and Salem’s Lot.

Awards[edit]

LaBonte received the Helpmann Award and Sydney Theatre Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical in 2012 for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. He was also nominated in 2005 for Spelling Bee and again in 2017 for The Book of Mormon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cormack, Bridget (17 September 2011). "A real actor". The Australian. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "On the Couch with Bert LaBonte | Australian Arts Review". artsreview.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  3. ^ "AusStage". www.ausstage.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-12-16.