Actor was a regular on Australian TV

Australian producer and actor Robert Bruning, aged 79, died suddenly on Tuesday 4th March in Wellington, New Zealand.

In the 1940’s and 50’s Robert worked as an amateur actor for the New Theatre in Newtown, Sydney. He was snapped up by the late June Cann on behalf of International Casting Service (ICS) after being spotted in his first professional role as Roo, one of the two cane cutters at the heart of Ray Lawler’s iconic Australian play The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

He went on to become a regular guest performer in such iconic Australian TV series such as Homicide, Division 4, The Sullivans and A Country Practice, and had lead roles in the 1970s series The Long Arm and The Godfathers, which he produced for the Nine Network.

He had substantial roles in many Australian films including the 1970 version of Ned Kelly starring Mick Jagger, and Sunday Too Far Away. Most recently he was on-screen narrator in Hunt Angels.

Robert’s production credits, on sitcoms and variety as well as drama add up to ore than 200hours of television. He is credited as having produced Australia’s first telemovie, Is There Anybody There, and went on to produce 21 more telemovies. He was heavily involved in the development of the series Blue Heelers.

He is survived by his wife, Anne, a line producer, their son Nic and three daughters from previous marriages Ariane, Lucie and Sophie.

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