John Hargreaves
John William Hargreaves

(1945-11-28)28 November 1945
Died8 January 1996(1996-01-08) (aged 50)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

John William Hargreaves (28 November 1945 – 8 January 1996) was an Australian actor. He won three Australian Film Institute Awards and was nominated six times.[1]


Hargreaves was educated at Marist College Kogarah.[2] He taught in Mendooran, New South Wales, but moved to Sydney in the 1960s. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1970.[3] Hargreaves was mainly a film actor, but is well-remembered by Australian audiences for the title role in the TV drama Young Ramsay in the 1970s and worked in a number of stage productions. Hargreaves had roles in The Removalists, Don's Party, The Odd Angry Shot, and Malcolm. He was the love interest of Nicole Kidman in Emerald City.

In 1994 he became the first actor to receive the Byron Kennedy Award.[4]

Personal life and death

Although he had exclusively heterosexual relationships while young, by the early 1980s Hargreaves acknowledged and embraced his homosexuality. Between 1984 and 1988, he partnered with French actor Vincent Perrot.[4][5]

Hargreaves contracted HIV about 1994 and died of AIDS-related complications in a hospice in Sydney on 8 January 1996.[4] Pallbearers at Hargreaves' funeral included actors Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.


Feature films and television
Year Title Role Notes
1966 They're a Weird Mob Youth reading paper at a Sydney railway station and smiling slyly at the camera. Film. Uncredited appearance.
1969 Pastures of the Blue Crane TV series
1972 Over There Robert Kirby TV series
1972 Behind the Legend TV series
1972–1974 Matlock Police Doug Thompson/Peter Smith/Roy Jones 3 episodes; "Everybody Else Has Everything", "The Last Laugh", "A Weekends Entertainment"
1973 Division 4 Jackson/John 2 episodes; "Wasteground", "A Wild Wild Rose"
1973 Spyforce Captain/Navigator 2 episodes; "The Trail", "The Journey"
1974 And the Big Men Fly TV series
1974 Essington TV movie
1974–1976 Homicide Billy Day/David Taylor/Kevin Watson/Steve Brennan 4 episodes; "Cowboy Billy Day", "You Hear about the Slasher", "The Egotist", "On The Run"
1975 Last Rites TV movie
1975 Silent Number Terry Lucas 1 episode; "His Own Private War"
1975 Sunday Too Far Away Uncredited
1975 The Removalists Constable Neville Ross
1976 Power Without Glory Bill Evans Mini-series
1976 Mad Dog Morgan Baylis
1976 Bluey Eric Yates 1 episode; "One Man Band"
1976 Don's Party Don Henderson
1976 Death Cheaters Steve Hall
1977–1980 Young Ramsay Peter Ramsay Series regular
1978 A Good Thing Going Phil Harris Logie Award for Best Actor in a mini-series/telemovie
1978 Long Weekend Peter Nominated – Sitges Film Festival award for Best Actor
1978 Little Boy Lost Jacko Walls
1979 The Odd Angry Shot Bung
1979 Banana Bender Tom Hardy TV movie
1981 The Killing of Angel Street Elliott
1981 Hoodwink Martin Stang Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1982 Beyond Reasonable Doubt Arthur Allan Thomas
1982 Last Breakfast in Paradise
1983 Scales of Justice Const. Borland Mini-series
1983 The Dismissal Dr. Jim Cairns Mini-series
1983 Carson's Law TV series
1983 Careful, He Might Hear You Logan Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1984 The Great Gold Swindle Ray Mickelberg
1984 My First Wife John Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1986 Double Sculls Sam Larkin
1986 Comrades Convict
1986 Sky Pirates Lt. Harris
1986 Malcolm Frank Baker Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1987 The Place at the Coast Neil McAdam
1987 Cry Freedom Bruce Based on Australian diplomat Bruce Haigh
1988 Boundaries of the Heart Andy Ford
1988 The Heroes Ted Carse
1988 Opération Mozart Harrington TV short
1988 The Alien Years William TV mini-series
1988 Emerald City Colin Rogers Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1990 Sweet Revenge Jim Harris
1991 Marie Curie, une femme honourable Rutherford Mini-series
1992 The Leaving of Liverpool Harry Mini-series
1992 Rome Roméo David Waldberg
1993 G.P. Dr. Oliver Loyd 1 episode; "Infected"
1993 Blackfellas Detective Maxwell
1994 No Worries Clive Ryan
1994 Country Life Jack Dickens Byron Kennedy Award
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1995 Hotel Sorrento Dick Bennett
1995 Blue Murder Chester Porter QC
1996 Lust and Revenge Gallery Sleaze

Below The Line Credits

Other Credits


  1. ^ Gail McCrea, "Captain of the Clouds", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p38-41
  2. ^ Marist College Kogarah- Famous Ex-students Archived 8 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:17-07-2007)
  3. ^ OBITUARY:John Hargreaves The Independent. 7 February 1996
  4. ^ a b c O'Hanlon, Paul (8 January 2016). "John Hargreaves: tribute to an Aussie cinema pioneer and legend". Australian Times. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  5. ^ Healey, Ken (2022). "Hargreaves, John William (1945–1996)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 28 November 2022.