George Mallaby

Biography: George Mallaby was an extensive Australian television actor, having starred in some of the most important and remembered Australian shows.

He was born on the 4th of November, 1939, in Hartlepool, England, before moving to Australia at the humble age of sixteen. Once in Australia, George took on a series of different jobs, before being attracted by the entertainment industry. In 1967 George was given his first role in a television show, the part of Jerry Cochran in Bellbird. But it was his next role that would make him famous, playing the part of Detective Sergeant Peter Barnes in the long-running Australian crime show Homicide. George remained in this role from 1966 to 1974, ensuring that he became a household name. From there, he was then cast in two different miniseries; Hunter (1967) and And The Big Men Fly (1974). After leaving Homicide and having married his co-star Lenice Reed, he returned to England and appeared in a number of British television shows, as
George Mallaby was an extensive Australian television actor, having starred in some of the most important and remembered Australian shows.

He was born on the 4th of November, 1939, in Hartlepool, England, before moving to Australia at the humble age of sixteen. Once in Australia, George took on a series of different jobs, before being attracted by the entertainment industry.

In 1967 George was given his first role in a television show, the part of Jerry Cochran in Bellbird. But it was his next role that would make him famous, playing the part of Detective Sergeant Peter Barnes in the long-running Australian crime show Homicide. George remained in this role from 1966 to 1974, ensuring that he became a household name. From there, he was then cast in two different miniseries; Hunter (1967) and And The Big Men Fly (1974).

After leaving Homicide and having married his co-star Lenice Reed, he returned to England and appeared in a number of British television shows, as well as appearing as a submarine crew member in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

George returned to Australia in 1980, where he was cast as Paul Reid in the highly successful Prisoner (or Prisoner: Cell Block H as it has become to be known). This role was followed by appearances in Cornflakes For Tea, Holiday Island and he secured a recurring role in A Country Practice.

In 1992 George was cast alongside a top Australian cast to star in the part mystery, part gameshow, part comedy Cluedo, based off the Parker Brothers game of the same name. This was to be George's last major television appearance, as he suffered a major stroke shortly after the final season of Cluedo aired.

The next few years got progressively worse for the veteran actor, who suffered a series of strokes, confining him to a wheelchair. On the 12th of July, 2004, George Mallaby passed away from complications following a stroke, survived by his loving and caring wife, Lenice Reed.
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