AUSSIES BORN & BRED? NOT REALLY. ⋆ Historian Alan Royle
TOM BURLINSON (1956 – ) as Tommy Woodcock in Phar Lap (1983) ‘Simply Sinatra’ After appreciating his playing of Tommy Woodcock; ‘strapper’ for the legendary racehorse Phar Lap in the 1983 movie of the same name, most cinema-goers probably assumed that Tom Burlinson was a young man born and bred ‘Down Under’, but that is not the case. He entered this world in Toronto, Canada and it was not until he was nine years old that his family moved to Sydney, New South Wales. Six months later his parents divorced; his mother and two younger sisters headed off to England; while Tom, his father and older sister remained in Sydney. In 1981, he landed a good role in The Man from Snowy River alongside Kirk Douglas, then two years later came the lead in Phar Lap. An accomplished singer, he supplied the vocals for the young Frank Sinatra in the 1992 mini-series Sinatra. RUSSELL CROWE (1964 – ) in Gladiator (2000) [...]