George Spartels

George Bernard Spartels (born 25 April 1954) is an Australian actor, presenter, director, playwright and children's musician of Greek descent on his father's ancestry, and English and Irish on his mother's. He remains best known for his role on the television soap opera Neighbours, playing family patriarch Benito Alessi, along with Prisoner and Bellbird star and soap veteran Elspeth Ballantyne as his wife Cathy Alessi, two son's Felice Arena And Dan Falzon, the Alessi family of Italian descent where added to the series in mid=1992, as a new family, joining already cast cousins the Blakeney sisters.

George Spartels
George Bernard Spartels

(1954-04-25) April 25, 1954
  • Actor
  • children's presenter
  • director
  • playwright
  • musician

Spartels, was also a children's television presenter, having had a long tenure on the ABC's Play School, over 14 years between 1985 and 1999. Other role's include Cop Shop in 1978, Prisoner in 1979, Punishment in 1981, and Blackfinger in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, alongside Mel Gibson and Tina Turner.

Personal life

Spartels was previously married to actress Elizabeth Alexander, and is now married as of April 2013, to Mary Spartels and resides in Sydney, Australia. He has guest starred in many other Australian television series from the 1970s to the present and has appeared in a number of episodes of the medical drama series All Saints and serial Packed to the Rafters as Carbo's father. He is now touring in Canada, LA and Australia in "The Last Confession" alongside David Suchet.


Year Nominated work Award Result Lost to
1993 George from Play School Best Children's Album Nominated ABC Symphony Orchestra - Classic Kids
1998 Let's Go Out Nominated The Wiggles - Toot Toot!
2001 George Meets The Orchestra Nominated Hi-5 - It's A Party

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