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John McCallum

John McCallum

(1918 – 2010)

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John McCallum

John McCallum
(1918 – 2010)

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John McCallum

(1918 – 2010)
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This is an online tribute to John McCallum. John Neil McCallum, CBE, AO was an Australian theatre and film actor. He was also a television producer.
John McCallum was born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1918, son of theatre owner and entrepreneur John Neil McCallum Sr, who built and ran the 2000 seat Cremorne Theatre on the banks of the Brisbane River for many years. He was known as 'Jack' in his childhood. John McCallum Jr was born during an opening night comedy performance and a friend sent his father a telegraph: 'Congratulations on two howling successes.'
John McCallum's early theatrical training was with Barbara Sisely at the Brisbane Repertory Company. He later did two years at RADA in London under
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Kenneth Barnes and his sisters Violet and Irene Vanburgh. From there he went into repertory at Tunbridge and Northampton. In 1939 he did a season at Stratford-upon-Avon playing small roles and understudying. From there he moved to similar roles at the Old Vic under Harley Granville-Barker in which he appeared in the historic 1939 production of King Lear which featured Jack Hawkins with Peggy Ashcroft, Fay Compton and Cathleen Nesbitt.
John McCallum returned to Australia shortly afterwards in order to join the AIF for the duration of World War II, in which he served in New Guinea. After the war he joined the J. C. Williamson company for a while, working with Gladys Moncrieff in The Maid of the Mountains. Because
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there were limited theatrical choices in Australia at the time, John McCallum returned to England where he soon went back into to films; he had already appeared in two movies before returning to Australia: Heritage (1935) and Held for Ransom (1938). John McCallum became a leading man in Australian films of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1948 he married the actress Googie Withers, with whom he appeared in a large number of films. John McCallum has also written, directed and produced numerous films and television series, particularly the international TV series Skippy (1966-68) which he co-produced with Lee Robinson. John McCallum has also widely acted on the stage. A particular favourite role was in The Circle by W. Somerset
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Maugham. He acted alongside his wife Googie Withers in this production not only in Australia but also in the UK.
At the invitation of Sir Frank Tait of J. C. Williamsons, John McCallum became joint managing director. John was keen to encourage the casting of talented Australians in leading roles and was instrumental in beginning the starring careers of Kevin Colson, Jill Perryman, Nancye Hayes, Barbara Angell and others. His contribution to the Australian performing arts is considerable and, in 1971, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1992, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Both honours were made for services to drama and theatre.
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dedicated to John McCallum, his life and his work. May he rest in peace.
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John McCallum

This is an online tribute to John McCallum. John Neil McCallum, CBE, AO was an Australian theatre and film actor. He was also a television producer.
John McCallum was born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1918, son of theatre owner and entrepreneur John Neil McCallum Sr, who built and ran the 2000 seat Cremorne Theatre on the banks of the Brisbane River for many years. He was known as 'Jack' in his childhood. John McCallum Jr was born during an opening night comedy performance and a friend sent his father a telegraph: 'Congratulations on two howling successes.'
John McCallum's early theatrical training was with Barbara Sisely at the Brisbane Repertory Company. He later did two years at RADA in London under...

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