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Gary Sweet (born 22 May 1957) is an Australian film and television actor known for his roles in '' Alexandra's Project'' (as Steve), ''Police Rescue'' (as Sergeant "Mickey" McClintock), ''Cody (TV series), Cody'' (as Cody), ''Big Sky (Australian TV series), Big Sky'' (as Chris Manning), ''Bodyline (miniseries), Bodyline'' (as Donald Bradman), ''Stingers (TV series), Stingers'' (as DI Luke Harris) and ''House Husbands'' (as Lewis Crabb). He grew up in Warradale, South Australia, and attended Brighton High School in Adelaide. He later obtained a teaching degree and whilst at Charles Sturt University, Sturt Teachers' College took up drama.The Larrikin Grows Up
''The Sydney Morning Herald'', 17 June 2002]
His first role was in low-budget horror film ''Nightmares (1980 film), Nightmares''. In the early 1980s, Sweet became recognisable through the ongoing role of Leslie 'Magpie' Maddern in the Crawford Productions, Crawfords television series ''The Sullivans''.


Career


Television

In 1984, Sweet had his first major role as Donald Bradman in the Network Ten miniseries ''Bodyline (miniseries), Bodyline'', the story of the 1932–33 Test cricket series between England and Australia. The award-winning 1987 Australian TV movie ''The Great Bookie Robbery'' was a gritty true-crime story seeing Sweet's character Chico White playing the inside man trying to infiltrate the close-knit bank robbers. In 1994, he appeared in ''The Battlers'' alongside Jacqueline McKenzie. Between 1990 and 1996, Sweet starred in the drama series Police Rescue as Sgt. Steve "Mickey" McClintock. This role was a popular role for Sweet, and led him to win several major television awards, including the Australian Film Institute's AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama, Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama for his performance (in 1991 and 1992), the Variety Club Heart Award for TV Actor of the Year (1993), and two ''TV Week'' Logies, Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Actor (1992, 1994). Between 1997 and 1999, Sweet starred in ''Big Sky (Australian TV series), Big Sky'' as Chris Manning, and in 1999, starred in ''Dog's Head Bay'' as Alex. In 2001, he appeared in Series 4, Episode 8 (Cold Feet), a fourth series episode of the British comedy-drama ''Cold Feet''. In 2002, he took on the continuing role of Inspector Luke Harris in the police drama series ''Stingers (TV series), Stingers'' until the show's conclusion in 2004. In 2006, Sweet was a contestant on ''Dancing with the Stars (Australian TV series), Dancing with the Stars'' and made it to the final seven. His partner was dancer Eliza Campagna. In 2007, Sweet appeared on several shows. He starred in the Special Broadcasting Service, SBS miniseries ''The Circuit (TV series), The Circuit'' (starring as Magistrate Peter Lockhart), he co-hosted Channel Nine's ''Things To Try Before You Die'' and starred in the ABC (Australia), ABC television series ''Rain Shadow (TV series), Rain Shadow'' with Rachel Ward. In 2008, he narrated the Australian observational documentary TV series ''Sudden Impact (TV series), Sudden Impact'', broadcast on the Nine Network. In 2009, he had a guest role in Channel Nine's ''Rescue: Special Ops'' and starred in season two of ''The Circuit (TV series), The Circuit''. He had a role as Gunnery Sergeant Elmo M. Haney, Elmo "Gunny" Haney in ''The Pacific (miniseries), The Pacific'', which aired in 2010 in Australia and the US in 2010. He played Superintendent Jack Finchin in the short-lived Nine Network police drama ''Cops L.A.C.''. In 2011, he had a role on ''Rescue: Special Ops'' as Shane Gallagher. He appeared in a guest role in ''The Doctor Blake Mysteries'' in 2015 and twice in 2017. From 2012 to 2017 Sweet starred in the Nine Network's drama/comedy ''House Husbands''. He also made an apprearance in an Episode of the Stan Original Series ''Wolf Creek (TV series)''.


Stage

Though most recognised for his television roles, Sweet has appeared in numerous stage productions. These include David Williamson's ''The Club (play), The Club'', and in 2001, Tony McNamara's play ''The Recruit'' for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He has appeared in the Frankie Valli-tribute musical ''Oh, What a Night''.http://www.icmi.com.au/gary-sweet In 2013, he performed in Trevor Ashley's musical comedy ''Little Orphan trAshley'' with Rhonda Burchmore.


Filmography


Music

Sweet dabbled in the Australian music scene with limited success in the early 1990s. Sweet released a cover of Billy Thorpe's '' Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)'' in 1994 through Polygram Records Australia. The single peaked at #52 on the ARIA Charts, ARIA singles chart, and spent 7 weeks in the top 100.


Awards

Sweet has won several awards in his acting career. He has won two Logie Awards, one in 1982 for his role in ''The Sullivans'' (won the Most Popular New Talent) and one in 1994 for his role on ''Police Rescue'' (won the Most Popular Actor). At the 1992 and 1996 Logies, he was nominated for Most Popular Actor for his role in ''Police Rescue'', and in 2003 and 2004, was nominated for Most Outstanding Actor for his role in ''Stingers''. In 2011, Sweet was initiated into the Australian Film Walk of Fame on 13 March, as part of the closing night celebrations of the Australian Film Festival.


Controversy

In 2004, Sweet become the public face of "The Performance Pack Initiative", an information campaign for men with impotence problems from Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Impotence Australia. Bans against direct advertising prescription medicines meant that Sweet was unable to directly mention the drug, Levitra, but this code was broken when Sweet mentioned Levitra on an Adelaide radio programme. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's ''Media Watch (TV program), Media Watch'' reported that Sweet was being investigated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for possible breach of advertising codes.


Personal life

Sweet is divorced from his third wife, television presenter and former Commonwealth Games swimmer, Johanna Griggs. They have two sons, Jesse James and Joe Buster. Sweet has two children from his second marriage to Jill Miller, Frank and Sophie. Following in his father's footsteps, Frank Sweet is also an actor. Sweet's first marriage was to actress Lenore Smith. Gary Sweet is an ambassador for the Glenelg Tigers, an Australian rules football club who play in the South Australian National Football League.Glenelg Football Club Ambassadors
He is also a supporter of the Manly Sea Eagles rugby league club who play in the National Rugby League.


References


External links

* * ''The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia – Theatre . Film . Radio . Television – Volume 1'' – Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee – Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996 * ''The Australian Film and Television Companion'' – compiled by Tony Harrison – Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994 {{DEFAULTSORT:Sweet, Gary 1957 births Living people AACTA Award winners Australian male film actors Australian male singers Australian male television actors Australian male stage actors Glenelg Football Club players Logie Award winners Male actors from Melbourne