Tom Long (actor)

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Tom Long
Born(1968-08-03)3 August 1968
Died4 January 2020(2020-01-04) (aged 51)
Alma mater National Institute of Dramatic Art
Occupation(s)Film and television actor
Years active1992–2012
Rebecca Fleming
(m. 2019)
Partner Rachael Maza

Tom Long (3 August 1968 – 4 January 2020) was an Australian film and television actor. He played court official and avid surfer Angus in the late 1990s TV series SeaChange and Brenden Abbott in the 2003 Australian TV movie The Postcard Bandit . [1]


Early life

Long was born on 3 August 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, as his Australian parents were visiting there at the time. [2] On their return to Australia he grew up on a farm near Benalla, Victoria. He worked as a jackaroo and shearer after attending Geelong Grammar School, before going abroad, travelling to India, the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and South Carolina. [3]

After returning to Australia, Long successfully auditioned for a place at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, [4] graduating in 1994. [3]


Long appeared in several Australian television series, most notably the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) hit SeaChange (1998–2000) and the Nine Network police drama Young Lions (2002). He appeared in the Australian films Two Hands (1999) and The Dish (2000). Long played Brenden Abbott in the 2003 telemovie The Postcard Bandit and appeared in the film The Book of Revelation . [5]

He also appeared in The Last of the Ryans , [6] Doing Time for Patsy Cline , [7] Do or Die , [8] Risk , [9] Heroes' Mountain: The Thredbo Story, [10] Black Jack: Ghosts , [11] Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback , [12] and East of Everything , [13] and Woodley. [14]

Long stopped acting after he collapsed on stage during a performance of the play Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country at the Sydney Opera House in July 2012. [15]

Personal life

Long was in a long-term relationship with actress Rachael Maza, breaking up in 1998 just before the birth of their son, Ariel. The couple reunited in 2005, after Maza and Ariel survived a deadly car accident, albeit with serious injuries. [16]

Long married Rebecca Fleming in February 2019. [15]

Long was diagnosed in 2012 with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. He underwent chemotherapy and received a stem cell transplant to treat the disease. In December 2018, Long was given an updated prognosis of 3–12 months to live. [15] In March 2019, Long travelled to Seattle, Washington to undergo a medical trial, after which he was pronounced "cancer free". [17] [18]

On 4 January 2020, Long died of encephalitis at age 51. [1]



1994 Country Life Billy LivingstoneFeature film
1997 The Last of the Ryans Peter WalkerTV movie [6]
1997 Doing Time for Patsy Cline Brad GoodallFeature film [7]
1999 Two Hands WallyFeature film
1999 Strange Planet EwanFeature film
2000 Risk Ben MadiganFeature film [9]
2000 The Dish Glenn LathamFeature film
2001Hildegarde (aka A Duck Down Under)TonyTV movie
2002 Heroes' Mountain: The Thredbo StoryPaul FeatherstoneTV movie [10]
2003 The Postcard Bandit Brenden Abbott TV movie [19]
2006 The Book of Revelation DanielFeature film
2006 Black Jack: Ghosts MikeTV movie [11]
2007 Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback Tony ElliotTV movie [12]


1992 The Leaving of Liverpool NedMiniseries (2 part)
1995 Echo Point Dave CampbellTV series
1998-2000 SeaChange Angus KabiriTV series
2001 Do or Die Michael Tyler / JoeyMiniseries [8]
2002 Young Lions Det. Sr. Const. Guy 'Guido' MartinTV series
2006 Two Twisted Karl WellsTV series, 1 episode
2008-09 East of Everything Vance WatkinsTV series [13]
2012 Woodley GregTV series [14] (final appearance)

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