Jonathan Hardy (Jonathan Hardy)

Jonathan Hardy

Jonathan Hardy (20 September 1940 – 30 July 2012) was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, writer and director. Jonathan Hardy trained as an actor in Britain, and worked for the Royal National Theatre among other British theatre companies. He returned to his home of New Zealand in a touring production of The Comedy of Errors with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and remained to help expand the country’s theatre industry. He later emigrated to Australia. Jonathan Hardy was part of the cast in the first public performance of Kenneth G. Ross’s important Australian play Breaker Morant: A Play in Two Acts, presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Thursday, 2 February 1978. Hardy’s film work included The Devil’s Playground, Mad Max, Mr. Reliable and Moulin Rouge!. He wrote the screenplay for the film Breaker Morant for which he received an Australian Film Institute award and was nominated for an Academy Award. Jonathan Hardy directed and wrote the movie Backstage starring the Grammy winning Laura Branigan. He is best known to international audiences, for providing the voice of Dominar Rygel XVI in the science fiction series Farscape. Hardy died, aged 71, at his home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales on 30 July 2012.

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  • September, 20, 1940
  • Wellington, New Zealand


  • July, 30, 2012
  • Australia
  • Southern Highlands, New South Wales

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