Page 1 of 1

26 March - Chips Rafferty, an iconic Australian actor

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:56 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today, John William Pilbean Goffage "Chips Rafferty" MBE born 26 March 1909, Broken Hill, New South Wales, – Died 27 May 1971, Sydney New South Wales, was an iconic Australian actor. Called "the living symbol of the typical Australian".


Gaining the nickname "Chips" as a school boy,Rafferty studied at Parramatta Commercial High School before working in a variety of jobs, including opal miner, sheep shearer, drover, airman and pearl diver before making his film debut in Ants in His Pants in 1938.

Rafferty's onscreen image as a lanky, laconic bushman struck a chord with film goers and Rafferty soon became the most popular actor in Australia appearing in such films as Forty Thousand Horsemen, The Rats of Tobruk, The Overlanders and Eureka Stockade.

Hollywood impressed by his acting. Chips appeared in The Desert Rats, opposite Richard Burton; The Sundowners, with Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr; and Mutiny on the Bounty, with Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley in Double Trouble in 1967.

Rafferty's career stretched from the 1940s until his death in 1971, and starred in a range of Australian and American television shows, including Gunsmoke, The Stranger, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Tarzan, The Monkees and The Wackiest Ship in the Arm

During the late 1950s, Rafferty appeared in commercials in Britain encouraging British emigration to Australia.

In the 1971 New Years' Honours, Rafferty was made a Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II

At the age of 62, Rafferty collapsed and died of a heart attack while walking down a Sydney street shortly after completing his role in Wake in Fright.

Watch on

Re: 26 March - Chips Rafferty, an iconic Australian actor

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:58 pm
by Max ADU