Bud Tingwell

3 Jan 1923
15 May 2009
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Charles William “Bud” Tingwell AM (3 January 1923 – 15 May 2009) was an Australian film, television, theatre and radio actor. One of the veterans of Australian film, he acted in his first motion picture in 1946 and went on to appear in more than 100 films and numerous TV programmes in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

In 1941, aged 18, Tingwell volunteered for war service overseas with the Royal Australian Air Force. Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, personnel from Commonwealth air forces formed part of a joint training and assignment system. Consequently, Tingwell trained as a pilot in Canada during 1942.

In 1946, Tingwell was given his first film role, as a control tower officer in Smithy. He took on several roles over the next few years, rising in prominence, until he caught the attention of Hollywood in 1952 and was awarded the part of Lt Harry Carstairs in The Desert Rats, in which he appeared opposite Chips Rafferty, James Mason and Richard Burton. After the filming of The Desert Rats, Tingwell remained in Australia for three years, making three further films, which included King of the Coral Sea, also featuring Rafferty. In 1954, he co-starred with Gordon Chater in Top of the Bill, the first of the famous satirical revues staged at Sydney’s Phillip Street Theatre.

Tingwell was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of June 1999. He was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2008, he was inducted into Australian Film Walk of Fame in honour of his career and achievements in film and television.

Tingwell died in Melbourne from prostate cancer, aged 86, on 15 May 2009. He was given a state funeral, which was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on 20 May.

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