Ken James (Australian actor)

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Ken James
Born (1948-11-16) 16 November 1948 (age 69)
Sydney, New South Wales
Years active 1964-2000

Ken James (born 16 November 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian actor known for regular roles in several popular television series. He was probably best known to Australian (and international) audiences as Sonny's older brother Mark Hammond in the 1960s children's TV show, Skippy . [1]

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He later played television actor Tony Wild in The Box from 1974 to 1977, Tom in Glenview High (1977), air traffic controller Simon Young in Skyways from 1979 to 1981, and later was Mike O'Brien in Sons and Daughters from 1983 to 1985. [2] [3]

Glenview High is an Australian television drama series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Seven Network between 1977 and 1978.

<i>Skyways</i> (TV series) 1979-1981 television series by Crawford Productions

Skyways is an Australian television drama soap opera series made by Crawford Productions for the Seven Network.

<i>Sons and Daughters</i> (Australian TV series) Australian soap opera

Sons and Daughters is an Australian Logie Award-winning soap opera/drama serial created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday 18 January 1982, during the Christmas/New Year non-ratings period in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the broadcast date of the final episode varied across Australia. The final episode was screened in Sydney on Sunday 27 December 1987 and in Melbourne on Sunday 10 January 1988. Adelaide station ADS7 was one of the first to complete the series, showing the final episodes in a two-hour special on Monday 16 November 1987.

Other appearances include Matlock Police , Pugwall and Prisoner . [3]

Matlock Police is an Australian television police drama series made by Crawford Productions for the 0-10 Network between 1971 and 1976. The series focused on the police station and crime in the Victorian town of Matlock and the surrounding district, and the backgrounds and personal lives of the main policemen.

Pugwall is an Australian children's television series which first screened on the Nine Network in 1989. It revolves around the title character Peter Unwin George Wall, "PUGWALL", and his friends as they form a band. Season 2 was titled Pugwall's Summer.

<i>Prisoner</i> (TV series) Australian television drama series

Prisoner, is an Australian soap opera set in a fictional women's prison, called Wentworth Detention Centre, which was located in the fictitious Melbourne suburb of Wentworth.

Television chef

He was later a television chef for over 10 years, known for his regular appearance on Good Morning Australia then involved in the marketing of Ecopot, a cooking aid.

Personal life

James has two adult children from his first marriage, and since 2003 has been engaged to marry for a second time. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. [4]

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of lymph in humans

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a group of blood cancers that includes all types of lymphoma except Hodgkin's lymphomas. Symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss and tiredness. Other symptoms may include bone pain, chest pain or itchiness. Some forms are slow-growing, while others are fast-growing.

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  2. Andrew Mercado (1 November 2004). Super Aussie Soaps: Behind the Scenes of Australia's Best Loved TV Shows. Pluto Press. pp. 72–. ISBN   978-1-86403-191-1 . Retrieved 19 September 2012.
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  4. Lawrence Money (26 December 2009). Another beautiful Melbourne day, and not taken for granted, The Age