Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Australian Actor, Jon Blake, dead

Jon Blake (26 June 1958 – 29 May 2011) was an Australian actor of the 1980s. He appeared in several TV shows and films before a car accident in 1986 left him severely disabled.

Monday night’s episode of 6:30 with George Negus featured a story on actor Jon Blake. Blake was a handsome, rising star in the 1980s set for stardom when a tragic road accident during filming of The Lighthorsemen left him with permanent brain damage.

It remains one of the most tragic showbusiness tales of the last few decades.

Blake had previously featured in television dramas including The Restless Years and the ANZACS miniseries.

But as if his disability wasn’t enough, Blake has had to endure unbelievable hardships during the years that followed.

Anglea Bishop presented a moving story on 6:30 in which a former actor finally gets some better quality of life thanks to the devotion of his son Dustin -and at long last he sees his movie on the big screen.

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