Reginald Roy "Reg" Grundy AC OBE (4 August 1923 – 6 May 2016) was an
Australian entrepreneur and media mogul, one of the pioneers and most
successful of his generation, best known for his numerous television
productions. He was the creator of game shows such as Blankety Blanks
and Wheel of Fortune, before later diversifying into soap operas and
serials including Prisoner, The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters and
Neighbours, which was inducted into the
Logie Hall of Fame in 2005.
1 Early life
4 Personal life
7 Popular culture
10 External links
Reginald Roy Grundy was born on 4 August 1923 in Sydney, New South
Wales, to Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees. Grundy served in the
Australian Army during
World War II
World War II as a Sergeant stationed in Sydney
in the 1 Motor Division Signals. He enlisted in December 1941 and was
discharged in August 1946.
Grundy started his media career as a boxing and general sports
commentator for the
Sydney radio station
2SM in 1947. While he was
Sydney in 1957, Grundy conceived and hosted the Wheel
of Fortune game show on radio, which moved to Channel Nine two years
later. He founded his own production company Reg Grundy
Organisation in 1960, and began producing game shows for the
Australian and overseas market, before eventually branching out into
drama in 1973. In 1977, he co-produced ABBA: The Movie.
The company produced several successful television soap operas and
drama series including Class of '74, Class of '75, The Restless Years,
The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Glenview High, Sons and Daughters and
Neighbours. Grundy was the first person to sell an Australian drama
to America (Prisoner) and the first to sell an Australian quiz show to
the UK (Going for Gold). He subsequently started the US-based
Reg Grundy Productions, which produced the 1980s
game shows $ale of the Century and Scrabble, as well as Time Machine,
Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak for ABC and Scattergories.
The Grundy Organisation was ultimately owned by Grundy Worldwide Ltd,
based in the tax haven of Bermuda. In 1995, he sold the Grundy
Organisation to the media and publishing company Pearson PLC, now
FremantleMedia, for $386 million. Grundy owned the private media
investment company RG Capital which had shares in several FM radio
stations. Grundy also had shares in WAM Capital, Austereo, Argus
Solutions and Photon Group.
Grundy had a lifelong passion for wildlife photography. He published a
book of photographs in 2005, The Wildlife of Reg Grundy. In June
2009, an exhibition of photographs of
Bermuda Longtail birds by
Grundy, "Longtails: The
Bermuda Dream", opened in The Rick Faries
Gallery at the Masterworks Museum of
Grundy married Patricia Lola Powell in 1954 and they had a daughter,
Kim. After Grundy and Powell divorced, he married the actress and
Joy Chambers in 1971. The couple met at a television
audition in the 1960s. Chambers was 18 and Grundy was in his
forties. They renewed their vows several times. Grundy and
Chambers moved to
Bermuda in 1982.
In 2015, the
Australian Financial Review
Australian Financial Review listed Grundy as Australia's
59th richest individual, with a wealth of $809 million. Grundy
published an eponymous autobiography in 2010. He was the owner of
a yacht named Boadicea, which was sold in 2009.
Grundy died on 6 May 2016 at his
Bermuda home, with his family by his
side. After his death was announced, many tributes were paid to
Andrew Denton commented "I'm sure the record
will show that more Australians have watched more hours of Reg Grundy
television than that of any other individual." While actress
Jackie Woodburne, who worked on Grundy productions Neighbours,
Prisoner and The Young Doctors, stated that "Reg was a true
groundbreaker in Australian television in the 70s and 80s, and beyond
in light entertainment and drama."
Tracy Grimshaw, who interviewed Grundy in 2010, said "RG was a pioneer
in game shows, in drama, in soapies. He was a star maker. But he
totally rejected the limelight. He only gave one television interview
in his life, and I was privileged and fascinated to be the one who
spoke with him." Grimshaw's interview with Grundy was rebroadcast
during the 9 May edition of A Current Affair. Ian Hogg, whose
company bought Grundy Organisation, announced that
thinking of a permanent way to honour Grundy.
Grundy was appointed an
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Officer of the Order of the British Empire in
the New Years Honours of 1983, and was made a Companion of the
Order of Australia
Order of Australia in the
Queen's Birthday Honours of 2008. He
International Emmy Founders Award
International Emmy Founders Award in 1996 and the AFI
Raymond Longford Award in 2010. In July 2004, he was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the University of Queensland.
Colloquially, in Australia, "Reg Grundies", "Grundies" or "Reggies",
is rhyming slang for "undies" (underpants).
The Wildlife of
Reg Grundy (2005, Grundy Foundation)
Mother and Child: Wildlife Photography (2015, Glitterati Incorporated)
Reg Grundy (2010, Allen & Unwin) ISBN 9781742662534
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^ a b c "Grundys love being married ... over and over again".
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^ "Life through Grundy's lens". The Age. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 5
^ "Longtails: The
Bermuda Dream", Artist
Reg Grundy AC OBE.
Masterworks Museum of
Bermuda Art. Retrieved 5 September
^ "Fascination with Longtails". The Royal Gazette. 19 August 2009.
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^ Yachts Monaco Eye
^ Super Yacht Times
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Neighbours creator Reg Grundy". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May
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