The distinguished Australian actor Bill Hunter, best known for his roles in films such as Strictly Ballroom and Muriel’s Wedding – playing Toni Collette’s father – has died the age of 71. During an acting career lasting more than five decades, Hunter had parts in more than sixty films, developing a reputation for portraying irascible and outspoken characters. When news of his deteriorating condition emerged last week, a cavalcade of prominent figures in the Australian film and television industries lined up with messages of support, including this quote from Toni Collette:
Bill may come across as a gruff bloke but he has poetry in his blood and a sweet heart. I am so lucky to have worked with him in the early days of my career. I am sending love, hope and peace to Bill and his family.