Jon Finlayson

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Jon Finlayson
Born (1938-03-23)23 March 1938
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 12 September 2012(2012-09-12) (aged 74)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor, television writer
Years active 1946–2012

Jon "Finno" Finlayson (23 March 1938 – 12 September 2012) was an Australian actor and writer. He was known for his roles in the films Lonely Hearts (1982) and The Magic Show (1983).

He was also well-known from his numerous television roles, such as Colonel Archibald Spencer in Zoo Family (1985) and as James Gleeson in Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1995-1996). He wrote sketches for The Mavis Bramston Show.[1] He was noted for his hospitality as well as his 'Sunday Soirees' in the Melbourne show business community.[2]

Early life

Jon Finlayson was born in Coburg, Victoria to Clorine and Ron Finlayson. When he was about age 8 the family moved to Burwood where he attended Hartwell Primary School and Camberwell High School.[3][4] His performing career began at about the same time when he toured Australia with the Australian Boys' Choir as a soprano.[4]


Finlayson died of prostate cancer[2] on 12 September 2012 at St Vincent's Hospital.[4]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Alvin Purple Liz's Lawyer
1974 Division 4 Denver Philips/Wayne Fraser (TV Series) - 3 Episodes
1974 Alvin Purple Rides Again The Magician
1975 The Great MacArthy Vincent
1976 The Sentimental Bloke (Unknown)
1982 Lonely Hearts George
1983 The Magic Show Van Zyskin Replaced "Ron Moody" at short notice for the role.[5]
1984 My First Wife Bernard
1984 Melvin, Son of Alvin Burnbaum
1985 Zoo Family Col. Archibald Spencer (TV Series) - 26 Episodes
1986 Neighbours Brian Hanson (TV Series) - 2 Episodes
1988 Evil Angels Professor Boettcher
1990 A Kink in the Picasso Lionel
1996 The Inner Sanctuary Archbishop Clarke
1995-1996 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga James Gleeson (TV Series) - 28 Episodes


  1. ^ Knox, David."Vale: Jon Finlayson" TV Tonight. 13 September 2012
  2. ^ a b "Vale Jon Finlayson" Melbourne Observer. 19 September 2012. Part C. Pages 37-52:
  3. ^ "Jon Finlayson-Actor, writer, director, producer and singer". Camberwell High School Ex-Students Society Inc. ( Retrieved 23 June 2013
  4. ^ a b c Schepisi, Alexandra (4 October 2012). "Versatile actor, singer and raconteur". The Age. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jon Fonlayson-Trivia".

External links

  • Jon Finlayson on IMDb
  • "Vale Jon Finlayson".
  • "Jon Finlayson".
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