Tom Long (actor)

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Tom Long
Born (1968-08-03) 3 August 1968 (age 51)
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1992–2012

Tom Long (born 3 August 1968) is an American-born Australian film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Long was born on 3 August 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, as his Australian parents were visiting there at the time.[1] On their return to Australia he grew up on a farm near Benalla, Victoria, he worked as a jackaroo and shearer after high school, before heading overseas.[2]

After returning to Australia, Long successfully auditioned for a place at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA),[3] graduating in 1994.[2]


Long has appeared in several Australian television series, most notably the ABC hit SeaChange (1998–2000) and the Nine Network police drama Young Lions (2002), he appeared in the Australian films Two Hands (1999) and The Dish (2000). Long played Brenden Abbott in the 2003 telemovie The Postcard Bandit and appeared in the film The Book of Revelation.[4]

Long stopped acting after he collapsed on stage during a performance of the play Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country at the Sydney Opera House in July 2012.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Long married Rebecca Fleming in February 2019.[5]

Long was diagnosed in 2012 with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, he underwent chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and natural therapies to treat the disease. In December 2018, Long was given an updated prognosis of 3–12 months to live.[5] In March 2019, Long flew to the United States to undergo a medical trial that would see his T cells harvested and genetically modified to attack his cancer cells.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Aveyard, Karina; Moran, Albert; Vieth, Errol (2017). Historical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Cinema (2nd ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 159–160. ISBN 978-1-538-11127-7.
  2. ^ a b "SeaChange". Sea Change website. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 23 June 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ Much Ado About NIDA, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 7 November 2018, archived from the original on 15 April 2019, retrieved 15 April 2019
  4. ^ Colbert, Mary (7 September 2006). "Tom Long confronts his fears". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Carmody, Broede (25 March 2019). "Australian actor Tom Long reveals he is living with incurable cancer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  6. ^ Bond, Nick (25 March 2019). "Tom Long: SeaChange star has 'months to live'". Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.

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