Michael Caton

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Michael Caton
Michael Caton.jpg
Caton in 2011
Born (1943-07-21) 21 July 1943 (age 75)
Monto, Queensland, Australia
Spouse(s) Helen Esakoff

Michael Caton (born 21 July 1943 in Monto, Queensland[1]) is an Australian television, film and stage actor, comedian and television host, best known for playing Uncle Harry in the Australian television series The Sullivans, playing Darryl Kerrigan in 1997's low budget hit film The Castle and playing Ted Taylor in the popular Packed to the Rafters. He is married to Helen Esakoff. Caton has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in honour of his work in Australia's cinema and television industries.[2] His son Septimus narrates My Kitchen Rules and Robot Wars.

Media career

Caton's plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame, Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney


In 1976 Caton starred as Uncle Harry Sullivan in the long running Channel 9 war family drama The Sullivans.

Caton starred in the Australian drama series Five Mile Creek from 1983 until 1985. He then appeared in the risqué 1990s soap opera Chances (in 1991 and 1992).

Since 1999, Caton has hosted two lifestyle programs – Hot Property and Hot Auctions – on the Seven Network until 2009, and Channel Nine since 2010.

In 2005, he was a contestant on the third series of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.

He was in the Channel 7 dramedy Packed to the Rafters, playing Ted Taylor, father of Julie Rafter, and grandfather to all the grandchildren and their partners.

Caton works with the Queensland rugby league team as 'cultural ambassador', a role which he inherited from deceased long-time team manager Dick Turner.[3]

Year Television Series Role Notes
1969 Skippy Young Man 1 episode (#3.83 El Toro)
1970 Division 4 Steve 1 episode (#69 The Man from Lightning Ridge)
197074 Homicide Bruce Perkins / Ambrose 2 episodes (#247 A Time for Grieving / #403 A Thing of the Past)
1974 Ryan Claude 1 episode (#1.37 Goodbye Holly Beckett)
1976 King's Men Joey Oslow 1 episode (#1.10 Public Enemy Number 1)
197677 The Sullivans Uncle Harry Sullivan 12 episodes
198293 A Country Practice Max Grainger / Dwayne, Trev & Lennie Kerby / Clive Bradley / Malcolm Fellows 8 episodes
1983 The Weekly's War Les Haylen TV short
198385 Five Mile Creek Paddy Malone 38 episodes
1987 The Flying Doctors Noel Farley 1 episode (#2.22 Every Day a Gift)
1988 Home and Away Barry Davenport 2 episodes (#1.61/#1.63)
1988 Hey Dad..! Chris Gordon 1 episode (#2.33 VW for Sale)
1991 Chances Bill Anderson
1993 Paradise Beach Ken Hayden 1 episode (#1.139)
1996 G.P. Michael Ree 1 episode (#8.7 New Confusions)
1997 Heartbreak High Barney 1 episode (#4.24)
1997 Blue Heelers Ken Norse 1 episode (#4.6 Fowl Play)
1998 Wildside Brian Savini 1 episode (#1.15)
1998 All Saints Bob Parkin 6 episodes
1999 Stingers Benny 1 episode (#1.11 Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof)
1999–current Hot Property / Hot Auctions Himself Host
1999 All-Star Squares Self Panellist
2000 The Track Voice over TV documentary
2001 Always Greener Jack 1 episode (#1.8 Dog Days)
2002 Dossa and Joe Joe Bailey 6 episodes
200203 Bad Cop, Bad Cop Detective Sergeant Red Lilywhite 8 episodes
2002 The Weakest Link Self Contestant – Celebrity Special episode
2003 The Fat Self 1 episode (#6.16)
2005 Dancing with the Stars Self 5 episodes, series 3
2006 How the Hell Did We Get Here? Self 2 episodes
2008-2013 Packed to the Rafters Ted Taylor 111 episodes


Year Film Role Notes
1972 Private Collection
1979 The Last of the Knucklemen Monk
1981 Hoodwink Shapley
1982 Fluteman Oswald Snaith
1982 Monkey Grip Clive
1986 Great Expectations, the Untold Story Travis TV movie
1988 The 13th Floor Dr Fletcher
1988 Joe Wilson Dave Regan TV mini-series
1990 The Paper Man Leonard Webb TV mini-series
1990 Shadows of the Heart Frank Barrett TV movie
1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Bill Masters TV movie
1997 The Castle Darryl Kerrigan
1998 Never Tell Me Never Max Shepherd TV movie
1998 13 Gantry Row Mr Hob TV movie
1998 The Echo of Thunder Bill Gadrey TV movie
1998 The Interview Barry Walls
2001 The Animal Dr Wilder
2004 Strange Bedfellows Ralph Williams
2015 Last Cab to Darwin Rex


Caton appeared in the 1971 Melbourne production of the rock musical Hair. He has also appeared on stage at the Twelfth Night Theatre. Caton appeared as Sheriff Lavers in the 1982 Sydney Theatre Company production of The Stripper. In 2007–08, Caton appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical as Bob.


  1. ^ People: Michael Caton, Dimensions (ABC TV), 29 August 2002.
  2. ^ "Putting on the Ritz". Southern Courier. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. ^ Masters, Roy (9 July 2011). "Maroons follow Tosser's advice to the letter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2011.

External links

  • Michael Caton on IMDb
  • http://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/story/2010/03/05/day-changed-catons-lives/
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