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Jonathan Hardy

Jonathan Hardy
Jonathan Hardy as Labatouche in Mad Max, 1979
Born (1940-09-20)20 September 1940[1]
Wellington, New Zealand
Died 30 July 2012(2012-07-30) (aged 71)
Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Years active 1971–2012

Jonathan Hardy (20 September 1940 – 30 July 2012) was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, writer and director.[2]


  • Stage 1
  • Film 2
  • Death 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Hardy trained as an actor in Britain, and worked for the Royal National Theatre among other British theatre companies. He returned to his home of New Zealand in a touring production of The Comedy of Errors with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and remained to help expand the country's theatre industry. He later emigrated to Australia.[3]

Hardy was part of the cast in the first public performance of Kenneth G. Ross's important Australian play Breaker Morant: A Play in Two Acts, presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Thursday, 2 February 1978.


Hardy's film work included The Devil's Playground, Mad Max, Mr. Reliable and Moulin Rouge!.

He wrote the screenplay for the film Breaker Morant for which he received an Australian Film Institute award and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Hardy directed and wrote the movie Backstage starring the Grammy winning Laura Branigan.

He is best known to international audiences, for providing the voice of Dominar Rygel XVI in the science fiction series Farscape.


Hardy died, aged 71, at his home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales on 30 July 2012.[4]

Selected filmography


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  2. ^ "Kiwi actor Jonathan Hardy dies aged 71". The New Zealand Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "ATC mourns actor Jonathan Hardy". 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oscar-nominated NZer Jonathan Hardy dies". ninemsn. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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