Russell Dykstra

Last updated

Russell Dykstra
The Addams Family Rehearsal (8472723828).jpg
Dykstra in 2013, at the Addams Family rehearsal
Born (1966-12-31) 31 December 1966 (age 54)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
OccupationActor

Russell Dykstra (born 31 December 1966) is an Australian actor of screen, stage and TV.

Contents

Early life

Dykstra grew up in the Brisbane suburb of Calamvale. [1]

Dykstra first appeared on stage at age 10, in a theatre production of Toad of Toad Hall . He later studied acting at the University of Southern Queensland, and in his early career worked alongside fellow actor Geoffrey Rush with the Grin and Tonic theatre troupe. [2] [3] Dykstra also studied at the schools of Jacques Lecoq in Paris and Philippe Gaulier in London. [4]

Career

Dykstra’s one-man show Children of the Devil toured nationally in 1996-98 with funding from the Australia Council, earning him a Matilda Award [5] and a Victorian Green Room Award [6] nomination for Best Actor. [7] [8] [9] [10]

Shortly thereafter Dykstra made his feature film debut in the critically acclaimed Soft Fruit , directed by Christina Andreef, for which he received an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (1999) and a Film Critics’ Circle Award nomination (2000). [11] [12] [13]

In 2007 Dykstra was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Romulus, My Father directed by Richard Roxburgh. [14] [15] Other film appearances include Oranges and Sunshine , Clubland , Lantana , Garage Days , Ned Kelly , View from Greenhaven Drive, The Wannabes and Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger .

Dykstra’s theatre credits are extensive, including God of Carnage , [16] The Wonderful World of Dissocia , [17] [18] The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness, [19] for the Sydney Theatre Company and Babyteeth, [20] [21] Ray’s Tempest, The Underpants, The Laramie Project , Yibiyung and The Ham Funeral for Company B. His performances in Toy Symphony and Stuff Happens earning him national theatre Helpmann Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 2006 and 2008 and a Sydney Theatre Award (2007). [22] Dykstra has also worked with the Malthouse Theatre, Theatre of Image, Griffin Theatre, Ensemble, La Boite Theatre and The Queensland Theatre Company. [23]

Television credits include the Australian TV series Spirited, Wild Boys, My Place, Scorched, Blackjack, ABC TV’s Loot, All Saints and White Collar Blue.

Dykstra is perhaps most well known for his portrayal of the character Barney, in the award winning ABC TV series Rake.

In 2013 Dykstra appeared as Uncle Fester in the Australian production of the Broadway musical The Addams Family . [24] For this performance Dykstra was honored with his third Helpmann Award, for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (2013). [25]

Currently Dykstra is playing Pumbaa in the Australian tour of Disney's The Lion King . [26] For this performance Dykstra received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical (2013) and was nominated Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the 14th Annual Helpmann Awards. [27] [28]

In 2015 Dykstra won his second Equity Award, for Most Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series, for his portrayal of Barney in the ABC TV series Rake. [29]

Filmography

TitleYearRoleNotes
Medivac1996Fitzpatrick
Soft Fruit 1998Bo AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (1999) | Film Critics’ Circle Award nomination (1999)
Bondi Banquet 1999Rufus
Beach Story (short film)2000Frank
Lantana2001Michael
Garage Days2001Bruno
Versus (short film)2001Jay
Water Rats (series2001Tino
Grass Roots (series)2001Bill Hooks
Backburner (TV show)2002Mr Dennis McCauley
Blackjack (series)2002Buchanan
Stuffed Bunny (short film)2002Man
Ned Kelly2002Wild Wright
The Wannabees2002Marcus
White Collar Blue (series)2003Dale Trindle
All Saints (series)2003Grant Jenkins
Loot (series)2003Bruno Batelli
Amorality Tale (short film)2004Brian Chappell
The Water Diary (short film)2005Rog
Blackjack: Ghosts (series)2006Buchanan
Clubland2006Shane
Romulus, My Father2006Mitru AFI Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (2007)
The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry (series)2007Henry’s Dad and Tough Guy
Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger2007Osmond Blueburger
View from Greenhaven Drive2007Tim
Strike Team (series)2008Keith
My Place (series)2009Mr. Merry
Nightwalking (short film)2009Voices
Spirited (Series 1)2009Adam
Rake (Series 1)2010Barney Meagher Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Wild Boys (series2011Winston
Oranges and Sunshine2011Dan
Rake (Series 2)2012Barney Meagher
Maiden (short film)2013Mick
Rake (Series 3)2013Barney Meagher
Rake (Series 4)2016Barney Meagher
Slam2018Paul Koustakidis

Awards and nominations

AwardYearCategoryResultWork
Victorian Green Room Award1998Best Male ActorNominatedChildren of the Devil
Brisbane Theatre Critics’ Matilda Award1998Best Male ActorWonChildren of the Devil
Film Critics’ Circle Award 1999Best Male ActorNominated Soft Fruit
Australian Film Institute Award (AFI) 1999Best Actor in a Leading RoleWon Soft Fruit
Helpmann Award 2006Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a PlayWonStuff Happens
Australian Film Institute Award (AFI) 2007Best Supporting ActorNominatedRomulus, My Father (Film)
Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award2007Best Actor in a Supporting RoleWonToy Symphony
Helpmann Award 2008Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a PlayWonToy Symphony
Equity Award 2011Most Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon RAKE Series 1
USQ Alumnus Awards2013Outstanding Alumnus of the YearWonOutstanding Achievement
Helpmann Award 2013Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a MusicalWon The Addams Family
Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award2013Best Performance by an Actor in a MusicalNominated The Lion King
Helpmann Award2014Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a MusicalNominated The Lion King
Equity Award2015Most Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon RAKE Series 3

Related Research Articles

Constance Lalage "Lally" Katz is an American and Australian dramatist writing for theater, film, and television. She now resides in Los Angeles.

The Helpmann Awards are accolades for live entertainment and performing arts in Australia, presented by industry group Live Performance Australia.

The Matilda Awards are awards which recognise excellence in cabaret, dance, theatre, and performance in southeast Queensland.

Kate Champion is a director and choreographer with over thirty years of experience in multiple art forms. She was the founding Artistic Director of Force Majeure (2002-2015), a dance theatre company based in at Carriageworks arts centre in Sydney, Australia. Her initial training was in Sydney with Karen Kerkhoven with subsequent formative years spent in Munich with the Iwanson Dance Company and continued with Kai Tai Chan's One Extra Company in Sydney. She was a founding member of Dance North in Townsville and was a dancer with Australian Dance Theatre from 1988 to 1989.

Ashley Zukerman Australian-American actor

Ashley Zukerman is an Australian-American actor known for playing Dr. Charlie Isaacs on WGN America's Manhattan, Senior Constable Michael Sandrelli in Australian drama series Rush, and Jesse Banks in the Australian political thriller The Code, for which he received an AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama in 2014. He has recently portrayed recurring roles in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor and Succession.

Gregory "Greg" Jonathon Stone is an Australian actor who has appeared in films, television and on stage.

Paul Charlier is an Australian composer and sound designer who works primarily in theatre and film. He has also worked in radio and was a founding member of the Sydney post-punk band SoliPsiK. His theatre work includes the Sydney Theatre Company productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya, as well as the Company B productions of Faith Healer (Composer) and The Diary of a Madman. His film credits include The Final Quarter (Composer), Looking for Alibrandi, Candy, Paul Kelly - Stories of Me and Last Ride (Composer).

The Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play is an award presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA), an employers' organisation which serves as the peak body in the live entertainment and performing arts industries in Australia. The accolade is handed out at the annual Helpmann Awards, which celebrates achievements in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.

The Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play is a theatre award, presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) at the annual Helpmann Awards since 2003. In the following list, winners are listed first and marked in gold, in boldface, and the nominees are listed below with no highlight.

The Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work is an award presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA), an employers' organisation which serves as the peak body in the live entertainment and performing arts industries in Australia. The accolade is handed out at the annual Helpmann Awards, which celebrates achievements in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre in Australia.

Tilda Cobham-Hervey is an Australian film, TV and theatre actress from Adelaide, South Australia, with a background in circus and physical theatre. In 2014 Cobham-Hervey made her film debut at the age of 19 in 52 Tuesdays, a critically acclaimed independent film directed by Sophie Hyde, and has also appeared on stage. She appeared in the 2018 film Hotel Mumbai, and starred as feminist icon Helen Reddy in the 2019 biopic I Am Woman.

Leticia Caceres (1978) is an Australian stage and film director.

The Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production is a theatre award presented by Live Performance Australia at the annual Helpmann Awards since 2001. The Helpmann Awards are Australia's national awards for live performance.

The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards for live performance in Australia were held on 6 August 2007 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

Eamon Flack is an Australian theatre director. He is Artistic Director of Belvoir, a theatre company in Sydney's Surry Hills.

Eamon Farren is an Australian actor. Following starring roles in the films X: Night of Vengeance (2011) and Chained (2012), he came to prominence for portraying Richard Horne in the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. He also won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award for Best Guest Or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama in 2015 for his role in the television film Carlotta (2014). Farren has since had film roles in Winchester (2018) and Harmony (2018) and appeared in the series The ABC Murders (2018) and The Witcher (2019–present).

Jason Klarwein is an Australian Actor, Director, Producer and Artistic Director.

The 18th Annual Helpmann Awards for live performance in Australia was held across two nights; the Curtain Raiser Ceremony on 15 July 2018 at the Sydney Town Hall and the Awards Ceremony on 16 July 2018 at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Nominations were announced on 18 June 2018.

Anne-Louise Sarks is an Australian theatre director, writer and actor.

Moira Finucane is an Australian actor and burlesque performer, best known for works including The Burlesque Hour, Carnival of Mysteries and Glory Box.

References

  1. "Brisbane actor returns home as windy warthog in The Lion King". ABC News . 25 September 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  2. "Home | The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe". www.grinandtonictheatre.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  3. Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe -- About, retrieved 12/04/13.
  4. 2013 USQ Faculty of Arts Alumnus of the Year, University of Southern Queensland, retrieved 6 October 2016
  5. Brisbane Theatre Critics’ History of the Matilda Awards
  6. Victorian Green Room Award
  7. "http://www.matildaawards.com.au/html/archives.html#m98", retrieved 12/04/13
  8. "http://www.romulusmyfather.com.au/russelldykstra.html", retrieved 12/04/13
  9. "https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0245873/resume", retrieved 12/04/13
  10. "http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/3134", retrieved 12/04/13
  11. "https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000061/2000", retrieved 12/04/13
  12. AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Wikipedia.com retrieved 12/04/13
  13. "http://www.aacta.org/winners-nominees/1990-1999/1999.aspx", retrieved 27/07/14
  14. Romulus, My Father (film), Wikipedia retrieved 12/04/13
  15. "http://www.aacta.org/winners-nominees/2000-2010/2007.aspx", retrieved 27/07/14
  16. "http://www.theblurb.com.au/Issue107/GodofCarnage.htm", retrieved 12/04/12
  17. "http://www.australianstage.com.au/reviews/sydney/the-wonderful-world-of-dissocia--sydney-theatre-company-2483.html", retrieved 12/04/13
  18. "http://www.australianstage.com.au/slides/dissocia0409.php", retrieved 12/04/13
  19. "http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-119023965/unlikely-prospect-happiness-theater.html", retrieved 12/04/13
  20. Belvoir Street Theatre, Surry Hills, NSW, Babyteeth
  21. "http://aussietheatre.com.au/reviews/babyteeth-a-love-story-about-death/", retrieved 12/04/13
  22. "http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/history/2007", retrieved 12/04/13
  23. "https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0245873/resume", retrieved 25/12/13
  24. "http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/theatre/mysterious-and-kooky-20130313-2g14d.html", retrieved 25/12/13
  25. "http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/default.aspx?s=winners", retrieved 25/12/13
  26. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. "http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/history/2013", retrieved 25/12/13
  28. "http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/assets/2014-ha-nominees.pdf", retrieved 24/07/14
  29. "http://if.com.au/2015/04/23/article/Equity-Ensemble-Awards-winners/AJWUOZEIVQ.html", retrieved 11/05/15