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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 25, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, farm hand, construction laborer, factory worker

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Handsome, youthful leading man who came to prominence in his native Australia for his portrayal of "Malcolm" (1986), a slow-witted young man with a talent for handling mechanical devices which leads him into a life of crime. Friels is best known to US audiences for his role in the comic-bookish adventure, "Darkman" (1990). Most of his subsequent work has been back in his native land, though Friels ventured again into US production with a supporting role in Bruce Beresford's little-seen political comedy, "A Good Man in Africa" (1994). He is married to actress Judy Davis, with whom he co-starred in "Kangaroo" (1986) and "High Tide" (1987).

Handsome, youthful leading man who came to prominence in his native Australia for his portrayal of "Malcolm" (1986), a slow-witted young man with a talent for handling mechanical devices which leads him into a life of crime. Friels is best known to US audiences for his role in the comic-bookish adventure, "Darkman" (1990). Most of his subsequent work has been back in his native land, though Friels ventured again into US production with a supporting role in Bruce Beresford's little-seen political comedy, "A Good Man in Africa" (1994). He is married to actress Judy Davis, with whom he co-starred in "Kangaroo" (1986) and "High Tide" (1987).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Turning, The (2015)
2.
 Turning, The (2015)
3.
 Nothing Men, The (2010)
4.
 Solo (2009)
5.
 Man Who Sued God, The (2007) David Myers
7.
 Black and White (2005) Father Tom Dixon
8.
 Tom White (2004)
9.
 Mystery of Natalie Wood, The (2004) Nick Gurdin
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2001:
Acted in the TV-movies "The Farm", opposite Greta Scacchi, and "My Husband, My Killer", based on a notorious 1986 Sydney murder involving a self-made millionaire
1982:
First major film, "Monkey Grip"
1996:
Had featured role as a psychiatric nurse in "Cosi"
1963:
Moved with family to Australia (date approximate)
1998:
Played supporting role in the eerie thriller "Dark City"
:
Raised in Scotland until his early teens
1977:
While in drama school acted in stage productions like "The Oresteia" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"
2000:
Appeared in the TV miniseries "Marriage Acts" as a judge who recalls his life after surviving two near fatal bombings
1993:
Co-starred in "A Good Man in Africa"
1981:
First garnered attention in Australia with his TV role in "For the Term of His Natural Life"
2001:
Had featured role as the father of moppet star Shirley Temple in the ABC movie "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story"
1999:
Returned to the stage after a six-year absence in "Macbeth"
1986:
Won critical acclaim for plying title role of a dim-witted inventor in "Malcolm"
1995:
Appeared in "Angel Baby"
1980:
Early TV credit, the Australian production "Big Toys"
1990:
First American film, "Darkman"
1993:
Last stage appearance for some six years. "The Temple"
1991:
Played supporting role in "Class Action"
1986:
Acted on screen opposite wife Judy Davis in "Kangaroo"
1981:
Film acting debut, "Hoodwink"
2001:
In fall, starred as "Don Juan" in a Sydney Theatre Company production
:
Portrayed a police detective in the popular Australian TV series "Water Rats"
1987:
Reteamed on screen with Davis in "High Tide"
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Education

National Institute of Dramatic Art: - 1976

Notes

In late 1997, Friels was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and chemotherapy for preventative measures. Additionally, he has adhered to an alternative herbal regimen and the cancer remains in remission. The actor had no intention of making his illness public but he was involved in a 1998 traffic dispute and in his court testimony revealed the details of his operation and treatment.

"I swear to God I love anonymity. To be completely anonymous is fantastic, because then you're free.

"Everyone loves attention in a sense but that's not the kind of attention I like. I've never tried to be an actor through promoting myself." --Colin Friels quoted in Sunday News, September 6, 1998.

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wife:
Judy Davis. Actor. On October 30, 2002, Davis obtained a six-month court order against Friels which said that the Friels may not assault or threaten Davis. This came after Friels allegedly threw Davis to the ground and broke a glass table during an argument at their home. Davis will continue to live with her husband.

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son:
Jack Friels. Born in 1987.
daughter:
Charlotte Friels. Born in 1997.

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