Category:Best Actor AACTA Award winners
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1. Eric Bana – Eric Banadinović, known professionally as Eric Bana, is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. Bana also played Henry De Tamble in The Time Travelers Wife, in 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australias highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies. Bana was born in Melbourne, Victoria and his father, Ivan, was Croatian and worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc. and his mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser, originally from near Mannheim in Germany. He has one brother, Anthony. Bana grew up in Melbournes Tullamarine, an area on the northern edge of the city, near Melbournes international airport. In a cover story for the Mail on Sunday, he told author Antonella Gambotto-Burke that his family had suffered from racist taunts, wog is such a terrible word, he said. He has stated, I have always been proud of my origin, I have always been in the company of people of European origin. Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfathers walk, voice, in school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max, however, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try comedy while working as a barman at Melbournes Castle Hotel. His stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him enough income to support himself, however, so he continued his work as a barman. In 1993, Bana made his debut on Steve Vizards late night talk show. His performance gained the attention of producers from the comedy series, Full Frontal. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material and his impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise made Bana popular with the shows audience. This success led him to record the comedy album Out of Bounds in 1994 and to host his own special, titled Eric
2. Russell Crowe – Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia, Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category. Crowe is also the co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team. Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore Park, Crowes maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowes paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, Russell has built a cricket field named for his uncle. When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, the producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce was his mothers godfather, and Crowe was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson. Crowe also appeared briefly in the serial The Young Doctors, Crowe was educated at Vaucluse Public School but later moved to Sydney Boys High School. When he was 14, his family moved back to New Zealand where, along with his brother Terry, he attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He then continued his education at Mount Roskill Grammar School. Crowe began his career as a musician in the early 1980s, under guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin. He released several New Zealand singles including I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando, Pier 13, Shattered Glass and he managed an Auckland music venue called The Venue in 1984. When he was 18, he was featured in A Very Special Person, a promotional video for the theology/ministry course at Avondale College, a Seventh-day Adventist tertiary education provider in New South Wales. Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art, I was working in a theatre show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA, Crowe has recalled. I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA and he told me itd be a waste of time. He said, You already do the things, you go there to learn and youve been doing it for most of life, so theres nothing to teach you. From 1986 to 1988, he was given his first professional role by director Daniel Abineri and he played the role of Eddie/Dr Scott. He repeated this performance in a further Australian production of the show, in 1987, Crowe spent six months busking when he could not find other work
3. Leonardo DiCaprio – Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He began his career by starring as Josh in Critters 3. He starred in the adaptation of the memoir This Boys Life. Since 2000, DiCaprio has received acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. Edgar, the western Django Unchained, and the period drama The Great Gatsby and he also won his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for his performance in The Revenant. DiCaprio is the founder of his own company, Appian Way Productions. Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11,1974 in Los Angeles and he is the only child of Irmelin, a legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comics artist and producer/distributor of comic books. DiCaprios father is of Italian and German descent, DiCaprios maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken, was German. His maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken, was a Russian-born German citizen, in an interview in Russia, DiCaprio referred to himself as half-Russian and said that two of his grandparents were Russian. DiCaprios parents met while attending college and subsequently moved to Los Angeles, DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when he first kicked. His parents separated when he was an old, and he lived mostly with his mother. The two lived in several Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Echo Park and Los Feliz, while his mother worked several jobs, DiCaprio attended Seeds Elementary School and John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years. However, he dropped out of school following his third year. DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his grandparents, Wilhelm. He is conversant in German and Italian, DiCaprios career began with his appearance in several commercials and educational films. In 1990, he got his break on television when he was cast in the series based on the movie Parenthood. After Parenthood, DiCaprio had bit parts on several shows, including The New Lassie and Roseanne, as well as a stint on the soap opera Santa Barbara. His involvement in Parenthood and the daily soap earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor each, released in 1991, the movie went direct-to-video
4. Andrew Garfield – Andrew Russell Garfield is a British American actor. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom, Surrey, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and he made his feature-film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs. Garfield subsequently received praise for his performance as the character in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man. He has also performed on stage, playing Biff in the 2012 Broadway revival of Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman, in 2014, he co-produced and starred in the thriller-drama 99 Homes. In 2016, Garfield starred in two critically acclaimed dramas, Mel Gibsons Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorseses Silence. His portrayal of Desmond T. Doss in the former earned him nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, Garfield was born in Los Angeles County, California. His mother, Lynn, is from Essex, England, and his father, Garfields paternal grandparents were also from the United Kingdom. His parents moved the family from Los Angeles to Great Britain when he was three years old, and Garfield was raised in Epsom, Surrey, in a middle-class home, Garfields father is Jewish, Garfield had a secular upbringing, though he has described himself as Jewish. His paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who had moved to London from Central and Eastern Europe, Garfields parents ran a small interior design business, his mother is a teaching assistant at a nursery school, and his father became head coach of the Guildford Swimming Club. He has a brother who is a doctor. Garfield was a gymnast and a swimmer during his early years and he had originally intended to study business but became interested in acting at the age of sixteen. Garfield began taking acting classes in Silchar, Surrey, when he was 9 and he also joined a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom, and began working primarily in stage acting. Garfield made his British television debut in 2005 appearing in the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush, in 2007 he garnered public attention when he appeared in the series 3 of the BBCs Doctor Who, in the episodes Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks. Garfield commented that it was an honour to be a part of Doctor Who, in October 2007, he was named one of Varietys 10 Actors to Watch. He made his American film debut in November 2007, playing an American university student in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, with co-stars Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Im just lucky to be working on the same project as them, although I dont really expect to be recognised later by audiences. In his review for The Boston Globe, Wesley Morris considered Garfields work a willing punching bag for the movies jabs, in the Channel 4 drama Boy A, released in November 2007, he portrayed a notorious killer trying to find new life after prison. The role garnered him the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle wrote that there is no doubt about the intelligence and sensitivity of Garfields portrayal
5. Mel Gibson – Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born in Peekskill, New York, and moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia and he studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. During the 1980s, he founded Icon Entertainment, a company which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called. Director Peter Weir cast him as one of the leads in the critically acclaimed World War I drama Gallipoli, the film also helped to earn Gibson the reputation of a serious, versatile actor. He later directed and produced the successful and controversial, biblical drama film The Passion of the Christ. He received further critical notice for his work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto. Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of eleven children, and the son of Hutton Gibson, a writer. One of Gibsons younger brothers, Donal, is also an actor, because of his mother, Gibson retains dual Irish and American citizenship. Mel was twelve years old at the time, Gibson was educated by members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers at St Leos Catholic College in Wahroonga, New South Wales, during his high school years. Gibson gained very favorable notices from critics when he first entered the cinematic scene. In 1982, Vincent Canby wrote that Mr. Gibson recalls the young Steve McQueen, I cant define star quality, but whatever it is, Mr. Gibson has it. Gibson has also likened to a combination Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. Gibsons roles in the Mad Max series of films, Peter Weirs Gallipoli, later, Gibson expanded into a variety of acting projects including human dramas such as Hamlet, and comedic roles such as those in Maverick and What Women Want. He expanded beyond acting into directing and producing, with, The Man Without a Face, in 1993, Braveheart, in 1995, The Passion of the Christ, in 2004, jess Cagle of Time compared Gibson with Cary Grant, Sean Connery, and Robert Redford. Connery once suggested Gibson should play the next James Bond to Connerys M. Gibson turned down the role, Gibson studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. The students at NIDA were classically trained in the British-theater tradition rather than in preparation for screen acting. As students, Gibson and actress Judy Davis played the leads in Romeo and Juliet, and Gibson played the role of Queen Titania in an experimental production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. After graduation in 1977, Gibson immediately began work on the filming of Mad Max, but continued to work as a stage actor, and joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide
6. Sam Neill – He won a broad international audience in 1993 for his roles as Alisdair Stewart in The Piano and Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, a role he reprised in 2001s Jurassic Park III. Neill also had roles in Merlin, The Hunt for Red October, Peaky Blinders. In 2016, he starred in Hunt for the Wilderpeople alongside Julian Dennison and he holds New Zealand and British nationality, but identifies primarily as a New Zealander. At the time of Neills birth, his father was stationed in Northern Ireland and his fathers family owned Neill and Co. the largest liquor retailers in New Zealand. In 1954, Neill returned with his family to New Zealand and he then went on to study English literature at the University of Canterbury, where he had his first exposure to acting. He then moved to Wellington to continue his education at Victoria University. In 2004, on the Australian talk show Enough Rope, interviewer Andrew Denton briefly touched on the issue of Neills very bad stuttering and it affected most of his childhood and as a result he was hoping that people wouldnt talk to so he would not have to answer back. He also stated, I kind of outgrew it and you can still detect me as a stammerer. Neill first took to calling himself Sam at school there were several other students named Nigel. After working at the New Zealand National Film Unit as a director, following this he appeared in Australian romance My Brilliant Career, opposite Judy Davis. In the late 1970s, his mentor was James Mason, later, Neill was also one of the leading candidates to succeed Roger Moore in the role of James Bond, but lost out to Timothy Dalton. Among his many Australian roles is playing Michael Chamberlain in Evil Angels about the case of Azaria Chamberlain, Neill has played heroes and occasionally villains in a succession of film and television dramas and comedies. In the UK he won fame, and was Golden Globe nominated, after portraying real-life spy Sidney Reilly in mini-series Reilly. An early American starring role was in 1987s Amerika, playing a senior KGB officer leading the occupation and division of a defeated United States, Neill has occasionally acted in New Zealand films, notably The Piano, Perfect Strangers, Under the Mountain, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He returned to directing in 1995 with documentary Cinema of Unease, A Personal Journey by Sam Neill which he wrote and directed with Judy Rymer. In 1993, Neill co-starred with Anne Archer in Question of Faith, in 2000, he provided the voice of Sam Sawnoff in The Magic Pudding. In 2001, he hosted and narrated a series for the BBC entitled Space. He portrayed the wizard in Merlin, a miniseries based on the legends of King Arthur
7. Geoffrey Rush – Geoffrey Roy Rush AC is an Australian actor and film producer. Rush is the youngest amongst the few people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting, the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, Rush is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year. Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, the son of Merle, a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush and his father was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and his mother was of German descent. His parents divorced when he was five, and his mother took him to live with her parents in suburban Brisbane. Before he began his career, Rush attended Everton Park State High School. While at university, he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane, Rush began his career with QTC in 1971, appearing in 17 productions. In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime, movement and theatre at LÉcole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, in 1979, he shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months while they co-starred in a stage production of Waiting for Godot. Rush made his debut in the QTCs production of Wrong Side of the Moon. He worked with the QTC for four years, appearing in roles ranging across classical plays and pantomime, from Juno, following these, Rush left for Paris where he studied further. Rushs acting credits include Shakespeares plays, The Winters Tale and Troilus and he also appeared in an ongoing production of Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest as John Worthing. In September 1998, Rush played the role in the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro for the QTC. This was the production of the Optus Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank in Brisbane. A pun on Rushs name was used in the prologue of the play with the comment that the Optus Playhouse was opening with a Rush. Rush has appeared on stage for the Brisbane Arts Theatre and in other theatre venues. He has also worked as a theatre director, in 2007, he starred as King Berenger in a production of Eugène Ionescos Exit the King at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Company B in Sydney, directed by Neil Armfield. For this performance, he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best male actor in a play, Rush made his Broadway debut in a re-staging of Exit the King under Malthouse Theatres touring moniker Malthouse Melbourne and Company B Belvoir. This re-staging featured a new American cast including Susan Sarandon, the show opened on 26 March 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
8. Max von Sydow – Max von Sydow is a Swedish actor who became a French citizen in 2002. He has appeared in films in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Italian. He received the Royal Foundation of Swedens Cultural Award in 1954, was made a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, Sydow has appeared in well over a hundred films and TV shows. In 2016, Sydow joined the cast of HBOs hit series Game of Thrones, Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow in Lund, to a wealthy family. His father, Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, was an ethnologist and professor of Irish, Scandinavian and his mother, Baroness Maria Margareta Greta, was a schoolteacher. Some of his ancestry is German, his family’s origin is in Pomerania, now a region mostly in Poland, formerly part of Prussia, the particle von means of and usually indicates aristocratic descent. Sydow was brought up as a Lutheran and later became an agnostic and he attended Lund Cathedral School, where he learned German and English, starting at the age of nine. At school he and some friends founded a theatrical company. He completed his service before studying at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. During his time at Dramaten, he made his debuts in Alf Sjöbergs films Only a Mother and Miss Julie. In 1955, Sydow moved to Malmö, where he met his mentor and his first work with Bergman occurred on stage at the Malmö Municipal Theatre, and he would go on to work with Bergman on films such as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and The Virgin Spring. In The Seventh Seal, Sydow is the knight who plays a game with Death. The chess scenes and the film were international breakthroughs for actor and director alike and it was in these films that Sydow honed and perfected his craft. Max von Sydow came to dominate the screen as he did the stage, critical recognition came as early as 1954 when he was awarded the Royal Foundation Culture Award. He worked profusely on both stage and screen while in Scandinavia, resisting the calls from the United States to go to Hollywood. As his talents were soon in demand in other American productions, von Sydow, from 1965, he became a regular on the American screen while maintaining a presence in his native Sweden. In 1969, he appeared in John Hustons The Kremlin Letter, though often typecast as a villain, he was rewarded in the United States with two Golden Globe nominations, for Hawaii in 1966 and The Exorcist in 1973. In the mid-1970s, Sydow moved to Rome and began to appear in a number of Italian films, becoming friendly with another screen legend, Marcello Mastroianni
9. Hugo Weaving – Hugo Wallace Weaving is a Nigerian-born English-Australian film and stage actor. Weavings first television role was in the 1984 Australian television series Bodyline, in film, he first rose to prominence for his performance as Martin in the Australian drama Proof. Weaving played Anthony Tick Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra in the comedy-drama The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and his roles as a voice actor include Rex in Babe, Noah in Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two, and Megatron in the Transformers film series. Weavings awards for acting include a Satellite Award, MTV Movie Award, while in England, he attended The Downs School, Wraxall, near Bristol, and Queen Elizabeths Hospital. His family moved back to Australia in 1976, where he attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney and he graduated from Sydneys National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1981. Weavings first television role was in the 1984 Australian television series Bodyline, Weaving appeared in the Australian miniseries The Dirtwater Dynasty in 1988 and as Geoffrey Chambers in the drama Barlow and Chambers, A Long Way From Home. He starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the 1989 film Bangkok Hilton, in 1991, Weaving received the Australian Film Institutes Best Actor award for his performance in the low-budget Proof. He appeared as Sir John in the 1993 Yahoo Serious comedy Reckless Kelly, in 1998, he received the Best Actor award from the Montreal Film Festival for his performance as a suspected serial killer in The Interview. Weaving played the enigmatic and evil–minded Agent Smith in the 1999 film The Matrix and he later reprised that role in the films 2003 sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He was an actor in the cartoon film The Magic Pudding. He garnered additional acclaim in the role of half–elven lord Elrond in Peter Jacksons three-film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Weaving was the main actor in Andrew Kotatkos award-winning film Everything Goes. He starred as a heroin-addicted ex-rugby league player in the 2005 Australian indie film Little Fish, opposite Cate Blanchett. Weaving played the role as V in the 2006 film V for Vendetta, in which he was reunited with the Wachowskis, creators of The Matrix trilogy. Actor James Purefoy was originally signed to play the role, but was fired six weeks into filming over creative differences, Weaving reshot most of James Purefoys scenes as V apart from a couple of minor dialogue-free scenes early in the film. Stuntman David Leitch performed all of Vs stunts, Weaving reprised his role as Elrond for the video game The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-Earth II. He regularly appears in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company, in 2006, he worked with Cate Blanchett on a reprise of the STC production of Hedda Gabler in New York City. Weaving himself was unaware of the controversy and had accepted the role based on Michael Bays personal request, in a November 2008 Sun Herald interview, though Weaving reprised his role in two sequels, he does not have much personal investment in the Transformers films. In February 2010, Weaving revealed to The Age, Director Michael Bay talks to me on the phone and we were doing the voice for the second one and I still hadnt seen the first one
10. Sam Worthington – Samuel Henry John Sam Worthington is an English-Australian actor. He played the character role of Alex Mason in the Call of Duty. In 2004, Worthington received Australias highest film award for his role in Somersault. He performed predominantly in leading roles in a variety of films before moving to major studio films. Worthington was born to English parents in Godalming, Surrey, in South East England and he grew up in Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham. His mother, Jeanne J. a housewife, brought him and his father, Ronald W. Worthington, was a power plant employee. He attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specialising in the arts, located in Fremantle, Western Australia. When he left the college, his father gave him $400 and sent him on a trip to Cairns, Queensland. He began working on construction and odd jobs, eventually settling in Sydney, at age 19, while working as a bricklayer, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art and was accepted with a scholarship. Worthington had a role in Somersault and played the lead in a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth. He won the AFI Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault and he was well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way, in which he played the main love interest of the female lead. Worthingtons international film career began with a series of roles in Hollywood production The Great Raid. He auditioned for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale and he starred in the Australian creature-feature film Rogue, as a man named Neil, which gained a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. In Terminator Salvation, Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him, shot prior to the release of Terminator Salvation, the James Cameron-directed science-fiction film Avatar was Worthingtons next project. The film went on to become the film of all time. In November 2010, Worthington told GQ Australia that he went to audition, so he did his part, left, forgot about it – and was called back. I was a bit pissed off, and I think that came across, I think Jim saw a spark and liked it because thats Sullys character – a guy who doesnt like to be bullied and a guy who just wants to set things right. He provided voice work for Captain Alex Mason, the protagonist character in the video game Call of Duty, some gamers criticised Worthingtons inability to mask his Australian accent, as in Avatar
11. Michael Caton – He is married to Helen Esakoff. Caton has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in honour of his work in Australias cinema and his son Septimus narrates My Kitchen Rules and Robot Wars. In 1976 Caton starred as Uncle Harry Sullivan in the long running Channel 9 war family drama The Sullivans, Caton starred in the Australian drama series Five Mile Creek from 1983 until 1985. He then appeared in the risqué 1990s soap opera Chances, since 1999, Caton has hosted two lifestyle programs – Hot Property and Hot Auctions – on the Seven Network until 2009, and Channel Nine since 2010. In 2005, he was a contestant on the series of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars. He was in the Channel 7 dramedy Packed to the Rafters, playing Ted Taylor, father of Julie Rafter, Caton works with the Queensland rugby league team as cultural ambassador, a role which he inherited from deceased long-time team manager Dick Turner. Caton appeared in the 1971 Melbourne production of the rock musical Hair and he has also appeared on stage at the Twelfth Night Theatre. Caton appeared as Sheriff Lavers in the 1982 Sydney Theatre Company production of The Stripper, in 2007–08, Caton appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical as Bob. Michael Caton at the Internet Movie Database http, //www. centraltelegraph. com. au/story/2010/03/05/day-changed-catons-lives/
12. Shane Jacobson – In 2006, he won the Australian Film Institutes Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance. Shane Jacobson began his career on the stage at the age of 10 with amateur theatre, at 18, he began his comedy career with regular theatre restaurant, musical theatre, stand-up and MC gigs. He was also hired to play to corporate functions, impersonating business icons, in 1999, Jacobson received a regular segment on Melbournes Gold FM radio station, called The 60 Minute Challenge. He also created the voice of Sergio the Hairdresser, who featured regularly on Gold FM’s Breakfast Show. Jacobson’s focus eventually moved towards the camera and he began acting in music videos, short films, in 2006, Jacobson starred in the Australian mockumentary film Kenny as Kenny Smyth, a Melbourne plumber who works for plumbing company Splashdown. The film was a critical and financial success, and is considered to be Jacobsons break-out role, in 2008, he reprised the role for Channel Tens short-lived TV series Kennys World. In 2007, Jacobson filmed two Australian feature films Cactus, directed by Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan and released in cinemas in May, in April 2008, he began his role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the major stage production Guys and Dolls. For this role, he won a 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, on 24 April 2009, Jacobson guest co-hosted Australian television program The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies, while the programs regular male co-host Larry Emdur was on holidays. It had the best opening weekend for any Australian film in 2009 when it was released on Fathers day, the film was shot on location and features many small towns in country Australia. Jacobson was co-host of the short lived car show Top Gear Australia with Steve Pizzati, in June 2011, the Herald Sun revealed that Jacobson would be starring in the TV mini series Beaconsfield, the story of the Beaconsfield Mine collapse, playing the role of Brant Webb. It aired on Sunday 22 April 2012, in 2013, Jacobson co-hosted the The Great Australian Bake Off an Australian reality television baking competition. Jacobson also starred as Luce Tivolli in the 2013 ABC drama The Time of Our Lives, during his youth, Jacobson was a Scout with 1st Keilor, 15th Essendon and Snowy Morcom Rover Crew. Jacobson credits Scouting shows, including Melbourne Gang Show and Bayside Showtime as first piquing his interest in the performing arts, after two decades, Jacobson returned to Scouting in 2015, in a ceremonial position, as Scouts Australias Chief Scout of Victoria. The position of Chief Scout of Victoria had been held previously by Governors of Victoria, the position was offered to Jacobson as a high-profile former Scout with the star power to promote Scouting to Victorian and wider audiences. 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, for his role as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the stage production Guys, official website Shane Jacobson at the Internet Movie Database