Jonathan Hardy


Biography

New Zealander Jonathan Hardy has cobbled together an odd career as a character actor and sometimes writer/director, working with some of the biggest names of Australian film. He was first seen internationally when he played Max's police commander in the 1979 international action hit, "Mad Max." He performed in the wartime drama "Breaker Morant" on the Australian stage and collaborated on...

Biography

New Zealander Jonathan Hardy has cobbled together an odd career as a character actor and sometimes writer/director, working with some of the biggest names of Australian film. He was first seen internationally when he played Max's police commander in the 1979 international action hit, "Mad Max." He performed in the wartime drama "Breaker Morant" on the Australian stage and collaborated on the screenplay of the 1980 film version. Directed by Bruce Beresford, "Breaker Morant"'s script was nominated for an Academy Award in 1981. He has one director's credit to his name: "Backstage," an Australian-shot starring vehicle for American singer Laura Branigan. His earthiness helped him land small parts in varied projects, including a role as a priest in the 1996 TV movie "The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years." He was part of the dazzling atmosphere in Baz Luhrmann's 2001 musical, "Moulin Rouge!," playing the Man In The Moon. Capping off this unusual collection of credits is his best known work, supplying the voice for Dominar Rygel XVI, the egocentric alien (portrayed by a puppet) in the 1999 sci-fi series "Farscape."

Life Events

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Mad Max (1979) - My Threat Collection First visit to the "Halls Of Justice" cop shop in near-future post-acopalypse Australia, injured Goose (Steve Bisley) shows partner Max (Mel Gibson) the new car, then chief Fifi (Roger Ward) handles a bureaucrat (Jonathan Hardy) and relays a warning, early in George Miller's original Mad Max, 1979.
Breaker Morant - There Was An Understanding In a British Court Martial during the Boer War, defense lawyer Thomas (Jack Thompson) questions Taylor (John Waters) about the role of Australian Lt. Morant (Edward Woodward) in the execution of prisoners, director Bruce Beresford recounting the event in flashback, in Breaker Morant, 1980.
Breaker Morant - Penalty Is Death Australian soldiers Morant (Edward Woodward), Handcock (Bryan Brown) and Witton (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) meet inexperienced defense attorney Thomas (Jack Thompson), appointed by superiors determined to secure their conviction, in Breaker Morant, 1980.
Breaker Morant - Duke Of Wellington In a flashback, prisoners Morant (Edward Woodward), Handcock (Bryan Brown) and Witton (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) are pressed into service during a Boer attack, attorney Thomas (Jack Thompson) and judge (Charles Tingwell) clashing in court, in Breaker Morant. 1980.
Breaker Morant - Avenge Captain Hunt After credits establishing the court martial of the title character, British Captain Hunt (Terence Donovan) gets led into an ambush, Handcock (Bryan Brown), Witton (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) and Morant (Edward Woodward) receiving the news, in Bruce Beresfords's Boer War drama Breaker Morant, 1980.

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