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Alan Hopgood

Alan John Hopgood

(1934-09-29) 29 September 1934 (age 87)
  • Actor
  • producer
  • playwright and dramatist
  • screenwriter
  • librettist
  • publisher
  • lecturer
Years active1940–2003

Alan John Hopgood AM (born 29 September 1934) credited also as Alan Hopwood, is an Australian actor of theatre, television and telemovies, producer, dramatist and playwright and screenwriter and musical librettist and lecturer

He is best known for writing the screenplay for film Alvin Purple and his TV soap opera roles including Bellbird as Dr. Reid, Prisoner as Wally Wallace and Neighbours' as Jack Lassiter.

Early life

Hopgood was born in Launceston, Tasmania and grew up in Tasmania. He acted in several dramatic roles while still a child. He attended school in Melbourne, and attended the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Diploma of Education. Hopgood had his first play, Marcus, produced at Melbourne University while he was working as a school teacher. He left teaching to write full-time and start an acting career.[1]


Scriptwriting and screenwriting

Hopgood's first very successful play[2] was the sports play And the Big Men Fly in 1963 produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company with scripts by Brad Hopgood (known then as the Union Theatre Repertory Company).

The play was adapted for TV by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1973 and also a telemovie. In 1964, he followed with The Golden Legion of Cleaning Women. In 1966 he produced Private Yuk Objects, which he claims was the first play anywhere in the world on the subject of the Vietnam War.

Hopgood has also written a number of film and television screenplays, including the comedy film Alvin Purple (1973), which was the most commercially successful Australian film of the early 1970s.



Hopgood was an actor with the Melbourne Theatre Company for ten years and was an early "soap" star in Bellbird, in which for six years he played the town doctor. He has also performed in the later soaps, Prisoner (for which he also scripted many episodes) and Neighbours as Jack Lassiter (a role he reprised in August 2013).[3]


As an actor, his cinema credits include My Brilliant Career (1979), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Roadgames (1981), Evil Angels (1988, released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand)[4] and The Man from Snowy River II (1988).

He has worked with a large number of actors including Frank Thring, Meryl Streep, Brooke Shields, Sam Neill and Judy Davis.[5]

Health issues

He developed prostate cancer and his book on the experience Surviving Prostate Cancer – One Man's Journey (1996) was widely praised. He often tours giving humorous talks on men's health.[5]


Hopgood won AWGIE awards for The Cheerful Cuckold and The Bush Bunch and writing several feature films including Alvin Purple and the documentaries The Prophecies of Nostradamus and The Fountain of Youth.

Hopgood was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in 2005 for his services to the performing arts as an actor, playwright and producer, and to the community through raising awareness of men's health issues.[6]



Year Title Role
1959 Tragedy in a Temporary Town (TV movie) McCarthy
1959 Antony and Cleopatra (TV movie) First Soldier
1959 Ned Kelly (TV movie)
1960 Man in a Blue Vase (TV movie) Aaron
1960 The Astronauts (TV movie) Dave Armstrong
1960 Who Killed Kovali? (TV movie)
1962 The Teeth of the Wind (TV movie) Frank Andrews
1962 She'll Be Alright (TV movie)
1962 You Can't Win 'Em All (TV movie) Feliz
1962 Lola Montez (TV movie) Smith
1963 Night Stop (TV movie)
1963 And The Big Men Fly (TV movie)
1969 Dynasty (TV series) Jacob Goldberg
1969 The Cheerful Cuckold (TV movie)
1969 The Torrents (TV movie)
1973-1974 Matlock Police (TV series) 3 roles
-Frank Walsh
-Ted Reid
-Brian Davis
1973-1975 Homicide (TV series) 3 roles
-John Ford
-Paul Markes
-Jim Knight
1972-1977 Bellbird (TV series) Dr. Reed
1977 The Trial of Ned Kelly (TV movie) Narrator
1979 Skyways (TV series) Edward Fielding
1979 My Brilliant Career Father
1979 Burn the Butterflies (TV movie)
1980 The Blue Lagoon Captain
1980 The Quick Brown Fox (film short) Marley Powers
1980 All the Green Years (TV series) Mr. Reeves
1980 The Coast Town Kids (TV movie) Mick James
1980 Pacific Banana Sir Harry Blandings
1978-1980 Cop Shop (TV series) 3 roles
-Doug Bramley
-Horrie Gibbs
-Doug Bramley
1981 Road Games Lester
1982 A Shifting Dreaming (TV movie)
1983 A Slice of Life Dr. Williams
1981-1985 Prisoner (TV series) Wally Wallace
1985 Emerging (TV movie) Tom Birchfield
1986 Sword of Honour (TV mini-series) Stuart Rogers
1987 The Petrov Affair (TV mini-series) Alan Reid
1987 Ground Zero Commissioner #2
1988 Return to Snowy River Simmons
1988 Rikky and Pete Laughing Uncle
1988 A Cry in the Dark President Cox
1989 The Flying Doctors (TV series) Neil Hutton
1990 Flair (TV miniseries) Harris
1991 A Country Practice (TV series) Tom O'Connell
1992 Good Vibrations (TV mini-series) Cec
1993 Phoenix (TV series) Bill Douglas
1994 Wedlocked (TV series) Father Damien
1994 Law of the Land (TV series) Reg Bates
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV series) Gil Tyson
1996 Hotel de Love Ronnie
1997 State Coroner (TV series) Keith Summers
1998 Good Guys, Bad Guys (TV series) Judge Moody
1998 Driven Crazy (TV series) Mr. Tuck
1998 Two Girls and a Baby (film short) Catherine's Dad
1999 Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude (TV mini-series) Lecturer
1998-2000 The Games (TV series) Radio Newreader (voice only), Database Inquiry Questioner
2001 Round the Twist (TV series) Cornelius Crenshaw
2001 Something in the Air (TV series) Bill Mackay
2001 Halifax f.p. (TV series) Joshua Lippmann
2002 The Secret Life of Us (TV series) Dr. Morgan
2002 Dalkeith Mick
2003 Welcher and Welcher (TV series) Judge Furphy
2003 Stingers (TV series) Detective Senior Sargeant Bill Skelton
2003 The Saddle Club (TV series) Bud
2002-2003 MDA (TV series) Dr. Hugo Willard
2004 Fergus McPhail (TV series) Shop Assistannt
2004 The Gift (film short) Man on Bus
2004 Stiff (TV movie) Herb Gardiner
2000-2004 Blue Heelers (TV series) 3 roles
-George Ratcliffe QC
-Bob Swinburn
-Doc Parkinson
2005 Holly's Heroes (TV series) Max Peterson
2007 City Homicide (TV series) Harry Mackintosh
2009 Knowing Reverend Koestler
2011 Magic (film short) Grandfather
2011 The Cup Grandfather at Football
2012 The Game (film short) Charles
2012 Last Dance Mr. Nathan
1986-2013 Neighbours (TV series) Jack Lassiter
Year Title Role
1963 And The Big Men Fly (TV movie)
1964 Barley Charlie (TV series) Written by 7 episodes
1967 Bellbird (TV series)
1968 The World of the Seekers (TV movie documentary) Written by
1969 The Cheerful Cuckold (TV movie)
1973 Alvin Purple Written by
1974 And the Big Men Fly (TV series)
1974 Alvin Rides Again Written by
1975 The True Story of Eskimo Nell Written by
1976 Alvin Purple (TV series) creator 13 episodes written 13 episodes
1979 Gulpilil: Man of Two Worlds (TV movie documentary)
1980 The Quick Brown Fox (film short)
1980 Pacific Banana Written by
1981 And Here Comes Bucknuckle (TV series)
1981 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow Screenplay
1981 The Cliffhanger (TV movie)
1981 The Bush Bunch: 1.1 the Cliffhanger (TV movie)
1982 Breakfast in Paris As Morris Dalton
1982 Prisoner (TV series) written by - 1 episode
1983 A Slice of Life Screenplay
1985 From Opera with Love (TV movie)
1989 Sugar and Spice (TV series) 8 episodes
1990 Flair (TV miniseries)
1989-1991 Pugwall (TV series) scriptwriter - 42 episodes
1988-1991 The Flying Doctors (TV series) 6 episodes
1994 Blue Heelers (TV series) 1 episode
1998-2001 Neighbours (TV series) written by - 22 episodes


  1. ^ AustLit, The Resource of Australian Literature
  2. ^ "Alan Hopgood theatre roles". AusStage.
  3. ^ "Jack Lassiter returns to Erinsborough". Eleven. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  4. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) – Release dates". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b Entertainoz Archived 29 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Health Play Archived 24 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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