He was the son of comedian and stage actor Frederick William Bluett, and his grandfather had also been a stage performer. Fred came to Australia as a fifteen year old in 1891 and remained in the region for the rest of his life. Not long after arriving in Australia Bluett left for New Zealand, spending almost a decade working for the Fullers on their Dominion circuit. He returned to Australia in 1902 under contract to Harry Rickards and over the next three decades cemented his reputation as one of the region’s premier comedians.
Bluett's children Augustus Frederick "Gus" (born 23 April 1902, Prahran, Victoria - 1936) and radio performer Kitty (born 1916), to dressmaker wife Catherine McKechnie, whom he married in April 1901, also became well-known comedians in their own right. His other daughter was Belle (born 1909).
Bluett died of coronary vascular disease on 3 December 1942
- An Interrupted Divorce (1916) - short film
- Showgirl's Luck (1931) - film
- Cinesound Varieties (1934) - film
- Fred Bluett at Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Fred Bluett at IMDb
- Fred Bluett Biography at Australian Variety Theatre Archive
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