John Brumpton

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John Brumpton
Born (1958-07-28) 28 July 1958 (age 60)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992—present

John Brumpton (born 28 July 1958) is an Australian actor who has appeared in a large number of local productions.


Early life[edit]

Brumpton grew up in Sydney. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1982 with a Bachelor of Surveying degree and then worked throughout the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as a surveyor. In 1985, Brumpton was the Australian (full contact) Kung Fu Champion as well as representing Australia in Amateur Boxing at the prestigious Kings Cup tournament in Thailand. In 1986, Brumpton was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts to train as an actor; he graduated in December 1988.

Writing career[edit]

In 1995, Brumpton co-wrote the feature film Life (1996), based on his play, Containment. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay, at the 1996 Australian Film Institute Awards. Life won the International Critics Prize at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival and was invited to screen at the Berlin Film Festival. Brumpton’s short filmscript, William (2007) received production co-funding from the Australian Film Commission and Film Victoria's 2005 Short Film Fund. William was the only Australian short film selected to screen at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His second feature filmscript, Kid Snowball is being produced by Circe Films and directed by Matthew Saville (Noise).

Acting career[edit]


Brumpton has worked for The Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre and Jigsaw Theatre Company.


Brumpton has performed in over 60 short films including the 2006 Tropfest finalist - Silencer.

Last Ride and The Loved Ones screened in competition at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, where The Loved Ones won the Midnight Madness Audience Award. Brumpton portrays Eric Stone ("Daddy") in the Australian horror film The Loved Ones.[1]

Brumpton's second film in a leading role, Dance Me to My Song (1998) was screened in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

His third film in a leading role, Redball (1999) won the Grand Jury Prize, at the 1999 Chicago Independent Film Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Garbo Troy
1992 Romper Stomper Magoo
1992 Wednesday Helmut Short
1993 Flynn Jarvis
1994 Only the Brave Paul
1996 Life Des
1998 Thump Mick Short
1998 Dance Me to My Song Eddie
1999 Redball Det. Robbie Walsh
1999 Dogwatch Heckle
2002 Trojan Warrior Saunders
2003 Gettin' Square Lenny Morrison
2004 All the Kings Horses Jarrod Short
2006 Silencer Slim Short
2006 Welcome Stranger Stan
2007 Storm Warning Poppy
2009 The Combination Mr. Roberts
2009 Last Ride Max
2009 The Loved Ones Daddy Stone
2010 Red Hill Rex
2010 Tethered Foreman Short
2011 The Father Walter Short
2011 The Hunter Publican
2012 Crawlspace Elvis
2012 V for Vendetta Desmond Stewart Short
2013 We Keep on Dancing Danny Short
2013 Felony Garbo
2013 Charlie's Country Policeman Brum
2014 The Boy Who Had No Thumbs The Father Short
2014 Fell Bob
2015 Rigor Mortis John Short
2015 Pawno Les Underwood
2016 Scare Campaign George
2017 Akoni Pre-production
2017 Lost Gully Road Brian Post-production
20?? The Debt Collector Vaughan Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Flying Doctors Nipper "Word & Deed"
1992 Phoenix Gonzo "Shaking the Tree"
1992 A Country Practice Michael Perry "Heaven's Gate: Parts 1 & 2"
1994 Law of the Land Roger Halliday "Win, Lose and Draw"
1994 Blue Heelers Greg Duncan "Wives"
1995 Correlli Officer Gilbert Main role
1997-98 Wildside Tony Pellucci Recurring role
1998 State Coroner Clint the Hirer "Three's a Crowd"
1998 Stingers Ronnie Gallagher "Ratcatcher"
1998 All Saints Steve Casey "The Hard Yards"
2000 Stingers Steve Devlin "In Too Deep"
2000 Home and Away Mick Dwyer "1.2756"
2000 Grass Roots Mr. Bain "Late July, Friday 4pm to 10.30pm", "The Whole Year"
2000 Water Rats Joe Slaven "Tribes"
2000 Farscape B'Sogg "Home on the Remains"
2001 Blue Heelers Harvey McManus "An Inspector Calls"
2003 Blue Heelers Shane Kelly "Every Man and His Ute"
2003 Farscape Katoya "Mental as Anything"
2003 All Saints Charlie Ellis "Wrong Call"
2003 BlackJack: Murder Archive Andy Margate TV film
2003 White Collar Blue Slater "1.22"
2005 BlackJack: Ace Point Game Andy TV film
2005 Blue Heelers Tim Merrett "Everything a Girl Count Want"
2005-06 Headland Ben Wilde Recurring role
2006 RAN: Remote Area Nurse George TV miniseries
2007-08 East West 101 John Hunt "Hunt for the Killer", "Haunted by the Past", "The Hand of Friendship"
2008 Underbelly Vince Love "Cocksure", "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "Luv U 4 Eva"
2008 All Saints Ross Fraser "Beginnings"
2008 Rush Charlie Thomas "1.3"
2008 City Homicide Scott Hurley "Spoils of War"
2009 Rogue Nation William Charles Wentworth "Rights of Passage"
2009 Tangle Bryan Dougherty Recurring role
2010 Sea Patrol Malachi "Crocodile Tears"
2010 Rake Leon "R vs Tanner"
2011 Killing Time Peter Dupas Main role
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Finlay Ellis "Dead Man's Chest"
2014 Fat Tony & Co. Reuben Fox "A Chip and a Chair", "Drawing Dead"
2014 Wentworth Malcom Spitz "The Danger Within", "Twist the Knife", "The Pink Dragon"
2015 Gallipoli Serg. Major TV miniseries
2015 Catching Milat Artie Bigman TV miniseries
2016 Deep Water Eddie MAC TV miniseries
2018 Romper Stomper Magoo Reprising role from the 1992 film


Year Award Category Film Result
1996 AACTA Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Life Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
2012 Fright Meter Award Best Supporting Actor The Loved Ones Nominated
2016 AACTA Award Best Actor Pawno Nominated
2017 AFCA Award Best Actor Nominated


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