Australian character actor and star of Chopper Squad Graham Rouse dies aged 87

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    Australian character actor and star of Chopper Squad Graham Rouse dies aged 87

    Australian character actor Graham Rouse has died aged 87.

    The veteran star of stage and screen was this week remembered by actor Tony Sheldon, with whom he starred in the 1974 TV movie A Hard God.

    Rouse is survived by his wife, Wake In Fright and Prisoner star Maggie Dence. 

    Vale: Australian character actor Graham Rouse (pictured) has passed away at age 87

    Vale: Australian character actor Graham Rouse (pictured) has passed away at age 87

    ‘We lost another stalwart of the Australian stage and screen last night,’ Sheldon’s Wednesday tribute began.

    The Homicide actor continued, ‘Graham Rouse began his career at Sydney’s Independent Theatre in 1958 (where he met his wife of 56 years, the inimitable Maggie Dence) and went on to play roles in several classic Australian dramas including A HARD GOD (in which he played my father), RUSTY BUGLES, TRAVELLING NORTH, THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR and AWAY ( with Judi Farr).’

    ‘His career took a surprising detour when he was cast as Herbie in GYPSY in 1975 opposite Gloria Dawn and her replacement Toni Lamond (my mum).’ 

    ‘I also had the pleasure of directing Graham in Anne Meara’s AFTER-PLAY at Marian Street Theatre in 1997.’ 

    Throwback: The veteran star of stage and screen (pictured far left in 1974) was this week remembered by actor Tony Sheldon, with whom he starred in the TV movie A Hard God

    Throwback: The veteran star of stage and screen (pictured far left in 1974) was this week remembered by actor Tony Sheldon, with whom he starred in the TV movie A Hard God

    ‘Apart from his extensive film and tv resume Graham also had a successful career as a television director on E STREET and A COUNTRY PRACTICE,’ the TV writer concluded. 

    Rouse was also known for starring in the 1975 American-Australian family adventure film, Ride a Wild Pony, popular Aussie Seventies crime series, Chopper Squad (1977), and the The Emigrants, which followed the story of an English family emigrating to Australia and aired in 1976.

    Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Rouse’s management for comment. 

    Talented: Rouse is survived by his wife, Wake In Fright and Prisoner star Maggie Dence (pictured)

    Talented: Rouse is survived by his wife, Wake In Fright and Prisoner star Maggie Dence (pictured)

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