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

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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 (2013)
2.
 Nothing Men, The (2010)
3.
 Solo (2009)
4.
 Man Who Sued God, The (2007) David Myers
6.
 Black and White (2005) Father Tom Dixon
8.
 Tom White (2004)
9.
 Mystery of Natalie Wood, The (2004) Nick Gurdin
10.
 Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001) George Temple
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Raised in Scotland until his early teens
1963:
Moved with family to Australia (date approximate)
1977:
While in drama school acted in stage productions like "The Oresteia" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"
1980:
Early TV credit, the Australian production "Big Toys"
1981:
First garnered attention in Australia with his TV role in "For the Term of His Natural Life"
1981:
Film acting debut, "Hoodwink"
1982:
First major film, "Monkey Grip"
1986:
Won critical acclaim for plying title role of a dim-witted inventor in "Malcolm"
1986:
Acted on screen opposite wife Judy Davis in "Kangaroo"
1987:
Reteamed on screen with Davis in "High Tide"
1990:
First American film, "Darkman"
1991:
Played supporting role in "Class Action"
1993:
Co-starred in "A Good Man in Africa"
1993:
Last stage appearance for some six years. "The Temple"
1995:
Appeared in "Angel Baby"
1996:
Had featured role as a psychiatric nurse in "Cosi"
:
Portrayed a police detective in the popular Australian TV series "Water Rats"
1998:
Played supporting role in the eerie thriller "Dark City"
1999:
Returned to the stage after a six-year absence in "Macbeth"
2000:
Appeared in the TV miniseries "Marriage Acts" as a judge who recalls his life after surviving two near fatal bombings
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
2001:
Had featured role as the father of moppet star Shirley Temple in the ABC movie "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story"
2001:
In fall, starred as "Don Juan" in a Sydney Theatre Company production
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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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