Actor Film director

Ed Devereaux

Quick Facts

IntroAustralian actor
Was Actor
Film director
From Australia
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Gendermale
Birth 27 August 1925, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death 17 December 2003, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
(aged 78 years)

Biography

Edward Sidney Devereaux (27 August 1925 – 17 December 2003), better known professionally as Ed Devereaux, was an Australian actor, director and scriptwriter who lived in the United Kingdom for many years. He was best known for playing the part of Matt Hammond the head ranger in the Australian television series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. He was also involved in the series behind the scenes, Devereaux writing the script and directing the episode The Veteran (1969), for which he received much critical acclaim. Devereaux based the story of the episode “Double Trouble” on an idea conceived by his children, wrote the screenplay of “Summer Storm” and the script for “The Mine”.

Devereaux appeared as Mr. Gubbins in the 1963 British comedy film Ladies Who Do and in several Carry On films including Carry On Sergeant, Carry On Nurse, Carry On Regardless and Carry On Jack.

He also appeared as Thomas Macaulay in series 5 of The Onedin Line, as Lord Beaverbrook in both Edward & Mrs. Simpson and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, and as Mac in the British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous and in The Professionals (episode “Runner”) and The Sweeney (“Jackpot”). In 1964 he appeared in The Saint episode “The Loving Brothers”. In 1970 he played the villain in The Persuaders ! episode “Anyone Can Play”.

Australian TV roles included the title role of Jack Meredith in My Brother Jack (ABC-TV, 1965), and George King in Kings (1983). He also received critical acclaim for his role as Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley, in the ABC-TV mini series The True Believers (1988).

Personal life

Devereaux’s first wife was Irene Champion. Together they had four children: John (b. 1954), Steven (b. 1955), Timothy (b. 1956) and Matthew (b. 1962). Champion wrote the song for the Skippy spin-off film The Intruders in 1969. She and Devereaux separated in 1986.

Death

Three months after he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, Devereaux died in his sleep of renal failure at his Hampstead home on 17 December 2003 at the age of 78. He had insisted on being released from Royal Free Hospital to be at home with Julie, his second wife of 17 years. He was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium, where his ashes remain.

Selected filmography

  • Little Red Monkey (1955) – American Sailor (uncredited)
  • The Shiralee (1957) – Christy
  • Carry On Sergeant (1958) – Sergeant Russell
  • Floods of Fear (1958) – National Guard #2
  • The Captain’s Table (1959) – Brickwood
  • Carry On Nurse (1959) – Alec Lawrence
  • Bottoms Up (1960) – Policeman (uncredited)
  • The Savage Innocents (1960) – Pilot
  • There Was a Crooked Man (1960) – American Colonel
  • Watch Your Stern (1960) – Cmdr. Phillips
  • Man in the Moon (1960) – Storekeeper
  • Carry On Regardless (1961) – Mr. Panting
  • Very Important Person (1961) – Webber (uncredited)
  • Carry On Cruising (1962) – Young Officer
  • Mix Me a Person (1962) – Supt. Malley
  • The Password Is Courage (1962) – Aussie
  • The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) – Bluey May
  • Heavens Above! (1963) – Communications Officer (uncredited)
  • Ladies Who Do (1963) – Mr. Gubbins
  • Live It Up! (1963) – Herbert Martin
  • Carry On Jack (1963) – Hook, Pirate
  • The Bargee (1964) – Boat Man (uncredited)
  • Never Put It in Writing (1964) – Pringle
  • They’re a Weird Mob (1966) – Joe Kennedy
  • Journey Out of Darkness (1967) – Jubbal
  • The Intruders (1969) – Matt Hammond, Head Ranger
  • Nickel Queen (1971) – Harry Phillips
  • Bless This House (1972) – Jim
  • Fall of Eagles (1974) – Purtales
  • Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) – Sir Alec Ferguson
  • To the Devil a Daughter (1976) – Reporter (uncredited)
  • Pressure (1976) – Police Inspector
  • Three Dangerous Ladies (1977) – Ferryman (segment “The Island”)
  • Money Movers (1978) – Dick Martin
  • Robbery Under Arms (1985) – Ben
  • Claudia (1985) – George
  • I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990) – Landlord
  • Buddy’s Song (1991) – Bookie