Gerard Kennedy (actor)

Gerard Kennedy (born 8 March 1932) is an Australian double Gold Logie award-winning actor, best known for his roles in early television series.[1] After playing six different characters in guest appearances in Crawford Productions series Homicide in 1966 he shot to fame as the antagonist in Australian television spy drama Hunter, becoming so popular that his character changed sides, eventually becoming the main character after lead actor Tony Ward left the series. Kennedy won a TV Week Logie Award for 'Best New Talent' for his portrayal of the character.[2] Kennedy followed this with a starring role in police procedural television series, Division 4,[3][4] winning multiple Logie Awards—including two Gold Logies as most popular personality on Australian TV—for his work in the series.[5][6] He has consistently acted in Australian television and film productions since that time. He played the part of Kaiwanasha in the American film Blood Crime in 2002.

Gerard Kennedy
Born (1932-03-08) 8 March 1932
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Years active1966–2015
AwardsTwo Gold Logies, 2 Silver Logie, TripleX Penguin Award's , Australian Television and Film Award


Later regular television series roles included "Tandarra" in 1976, Bellbird in 1977,[7] the miniseries Against the Wind in 1978, Skyways in 1979–1981, Golden Pennies in 1985, and The Flying Doctors between 1986-1989 (non-consecutive episodes). Guest TV roles include appearances in Carson's Law, Prisoner, A Country Practice, Blue Heelers, City Homicide, The Saddle Club, and Neighbours. In 2008, he played Graham "The Munster" Kinniburgh in Underbelly[8] and in Fat Tony & Co..


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Eliza Fraser Martin Cameron
1977 Raw Deal Palmer
1977 The Mango Tree Preacher Jones
1978 Newsfront Frank Maguire
1978 The Irishman Chad Ingram
1979 The Last of the Knucklemen Tarzan
1980 The Last Outlaw (miniseries) Harry Power
1980 Fatty Finn Tiger Murphy
1982 The Plains of Heaven Lenko
1987 The Lighthorsemen Ismet Bey
1987 Running from the Guns Big Jim
1992 Garbo Trevor
1993 Body Melt Detective Sam Phillips
1994 Ebbtide Fredericks
1994 Frontline (Australian TV series) Ian Farmer, Station Manager (5 episodes)
1996 The Inner Sanctuary Father Kelly
2005 Plains Empty Old Fella Short film
2007 Lucky Miles Kangaroo Shooter
2013 Wolf Creek 2 Jack
2015 Glitch Leon Massola television series


  • 1967 - TV Week Logie Award (Best New Talent) - Hunter
  • 1969 - Penguin Award
  • 1970 - Penguin Award (Leading Talent in Drama Series) - Division 4
  • 1971 - TV Week Gold Logie (Australia's Top Male Personality)
  • 1972 - TV Week Logie Award (Best Actor) - Division 4
  • 1972 - TV Week Gold Logie (Australia's Top Male Personality)
  • 1973 - TV Week Logie Award (Best Actor) - Division 4
  • 1979 - Australian TV and Film Award (Best Actor in a TV Series) - Against the Wind
  • 1987 - Penguin Award (Best Performance by an Actor in a Series/Serial) - The Flying Doctors


  1. Kimball, Duncan. "Logies". MilesAgo Television. MILESAGO: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964-1975. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  2. Storey, Don. "Hunter". Classic Australian Television. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. Storey, Don. "Division 4". Classic Australian Television. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. "Division 4". National Film & Sound Archive. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. "Division 4". Crawford Productions. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  6. "Gold Logie Winners". PerthNow. 1971. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  7. Myall, Robert. "Bellbird". Aussie Soap Archive. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  8. Ziffer, Daniel (14 February 2008). "Underbelly wins Ratings War". The Age. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
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