Terry Patrick Reynolds Gill was born on 25 October 1939 in Truro Cornwall, UK. At the age of 10, his family migrated to Australia where he grew up in Melbourne and went to school at Camberwell Grammar on a music scholarship for his singing.
When he was 19 years of age Terry got the acting bug from doing the Malvern Little Theatre version of The Diary of Anne Frank, which made him decide to follow his career of acting back to the UK. There he did Theatre Summer Season, acting and stage managing and this is where he met his future wife and acting partner, Carole Ann Aylett. They got married in 1963 in London and both continued acting in theatre and TV until they migrated back to Australia in 1964.
Terry and Carole Ann worked in Sydney and Adelaide before finally moving to Melbourne where Carole Ann worked at The Lido Theatre Restaurant and Terry, known just as Gill, was singing, acting as well as producing on such TV Channels as 9 and 7. Terry then formed the singing duo Double Tempo which won the Grand Final of New Faces, alongside Paul Hogan in 1972. He had also started a family, with daughter Erin being born in 1969.
During the 1970s Terry appeared constantly on TV and film, with famous roles in I Can Jump Puddles, Bluey and Bellbird. He also had a son Edan and started the Bull N Bush Theatre Restaurant with Carole Ann in Warrandyte where they lived for many years. They also wrote, produced and directed numerous children’s pantomimes in Westfield and in many other shopping centres.
In the late 1970s and 1980s he had recurring roles in Prisoner Cell Block H and Flying Doctors, but one of his most famous roles was in the movie, Crocodile Dundee, where he got knocked out by Mick Dundee and shot at by a kangaroo.
Terry continued in the entertainment industry for many years with his Naughty Nineties Theatre Restaurant, Tivoli Theatre Restaurant, Terry Gill Productions Children’s Pantomimes, radio voice-over work, commercials and various roles in film and TV, however he will be remembered forever as Santa in Carols by Candlelight, a role which he played for 27 years.
(1939 – 2015)