Actor Harold Hopkins dies, aged 67

Australian actor Harold Hopkins died on Saturday, aged 67 of asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in a Sydney hospice.

Most recently Hopkins was seen in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities as Melbourne gun dealer George Joseph and as Chester in the film The Clinic.

Hopkins also featured in Gallipoli (1981, dir: Peter Weir) as local bully Les McCann, the 1983 Mark Egerton film The Winds of Jarrah and Bruce Beresford’s 1976 film Don’s Party, alongside Graham Kennedy (pictured) and Ray Barrett.

The ABC reports that Hopkins recently auditioned for the role of Henry C Gatz, Gatsby’s estranged father, for Baz Luhrmann’s remake, just days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Hopkins is survived by his twin brother John and five other siblings, Michael, Naomi, Gregory, Suzanne and Margaret.


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