Waters in May 2012
John Russell Waters
8 December 1948
John Russell Waters (born 8 December 1948) is an English-born film, theatre and television actor, singer, guitarist, songwriter and musician best known in Australia, where he moved to in 1968. He is the son of Scottish actor Russell Waters. John Waters has been in the industry for over 40 years, and was part of the Australian children's television series Play School for almost 20 years.
Waters was born in London, England. He first faced a live audience as a singer and bass guitar player with 1960s London-based blues band The Riots before travelling to Australia, initially for an extended working holiday and then eventually settling there permanently.
Waters is an accomplished musician, and since 1992 has toured many times with his one-man show Looking Through a Glass Onion. Co-written with friend and musician, Stewart D'Arrietta, the show is a tribute to John Lennon featuring numerous examples of Lennon's music, words and images. In addition to many Australian tours of this show it also played six months in the West End, London. In 2014, it played 120 performances at the Union Square Theatre in Manhattan.
Waters has released a number of CDs including The Story of Pilliga Pete and Clarrie the Cocky (2010), a family story and music CD written and narrated by Waters, Brel (2010) a live album sung in French and a tribute to the Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, the double live album, John Waters Looking Through A Glass Onion (2011) and his debut originals album Cloudland (2011).
Waters first big break was in musicals, playing Claude in a Sydney production of Hair in 1969, then Judas in Godspell and Pontius Pilate in the Australian concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
He was in the original Australian production of They're Playing Our Song, which opened on 23 August 1980 at the Theatre Royal in Sydney. It starred Waters and Jacki Weaver, with Rhonda Burchmore as one of the Inner Voices. An Australian cast recording of the show was later released by Festival Records.
Waters has toured Australia in a critically acclaimed role alongside Brett Tucker in The Woman in Black.
Many Australians still remember Waters best from his nearly 20-year stint on the Australian children's series Play School, appearing from 1972 until 1991. During his tenure with Play School, he narrated various children's video trailers for ABC-TV.
Among his best known television roles is that of the brooding Sergeant Robert McKellar in the 1974-76 television series Rush (revoiced and parodied by The D-Generation as The Olden Days on their comedy program The Late Show).
In 2002, he had a role in the short-lived drama Young Lions.
Waters joined the cast of All Saints in June 2006 as Mike Vlasek, the new head of surgery. He remained with the show until its cancellation in late 2009.
In 2010, Waters was a guest star in Sea Patrol as Sgt. Booker.
In 2010, Waters guest starred in City Homicide as William Clegg.
In 2012, Waters starred in the ABC TV mini-series The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, adapted from the novel by English writer Fergus Hume. He currently appears on the Logie-award-winning television series Offspring, which completed filming its third season in 2013 and has been renewed for a further two seasons.
From September 2015, Waters joined the cast of the fourth season of the ABC TV series Rake.
In 2018 Waters had a recurring role, as lawyer Travis James, on the ABC TV Series Mystery Road.
In 2013, Waters starred in a local regional film production created by Luis Bayonas, called Adios.
He has starred in many television advertisements for various companies including Cinzano, Bird's Eye, Bankers Trust, MBF Health Fund, Sudafed, Uncle Tobys, Qantas, Telstra, MLC, Arnotts and Toyota Hybrid Camry. He has narrated programs such as Mind Games: Real Life Adventures, Nostradamus and Triple Zero Heroes.
In 1975, Waters won the Best New Talent award at the Logie Awards for his role in Division 4.
He has been nominated for several other awards, including Best Lead Actor (in 1978 for Weekend of Shadows) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (in 2006 for All Saints) at the AFI Awards, and for Most Popular Actor in a Telemovie or Mini-Series (in 1992 for Which Way Home) at the Logie Awards.
Waters lives in the Southern Highlands, NSW with his third wife, Zoe Burton, and their three children. Waters also has two adult children from his first marriage.
Waters lends his support to various community events including DUETS 2012, a concert to assist The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) (founded by fellow Play School presenter Don Spencer) and Carols in the Domain 2012. He is an ambassador for The Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
|1972||Boney (TV series)||Constable Peter Lloyd|
|1972||Redheap (TV series)||Jerry Arnold|
|1973||Certain Women (TV series)|
|1973||Ryan (TV series)||Curt Valchek|
|1974–1975||Division 4 (TV series) Darcy Dash - Barry Fielding|
|1975||The Seven Ages of Man (TV series)|
|1975||Quality of Mercy (TV series)|
|1976||End Play||Mark Gifford|
|1973–1976||Homicide (TV series)||Eddie Hughes - Howard Nelson - Alan Guthrie|
|1973–1976||Matlock Police (TV series)||Tim Ward - Constable Cook - Johno Johnson|
|1974–1976||Rush (TV series)||Sgt. Robert McKellar|
|1976||The Haunting of Hewie Dowker (TV movie)||Hewie Dowker|
|1976||The Sullivans (TV series)||Chris Merchant|
|1979||The Rollicking Adventures of Eliza Fraser||David Bracefell|
|1977||The Getting of Wisdom||Rev. Shepherd|
|1977||The Trial of Ned Kelly (TV movie)||Ned Kelly|
|1978||Weekend of Shadows||Rabbit|
|1978||Case for the Defence (TV series)||Steve Gray|
|1978||Cass (TV movie)||Mike|
|1978||The Scalp Merchant (TV movie)|
|1979||Demolition (TV movie)||Peter Clarke|
|1980||Breaker Morant||Captain Alfred Taylor|
|1980||Bedfellows (TV movie)|
|1980||Slippery Slide (TV movie)||David|
|1981||Attack Force Z||Sub Lt. Ted "Kingo" Kong|
|1983||Five Mile Creek (TV series)||Cameron|
|1984||High Country (TV movie)||Ben Lomax|
|1985||I Can't Get Started||Robert|
|1986||Passion Flower (TV movie)||Leslie Gaitland|
|1986||Alice to Nowhere (TV mini-series)||Johnny Parson|
|1987||Going Sane||Martin Brown|
|1987||The Last of the Mohicans (TV movie)||Hawkeye Bumppp (voice)|
|1987||Bushfire Moon||Patrick O'Day|
|1987||The Perfectionist||Stuart Gunn|
|1987||Nancy Wake (TV series)||Henri Fiocca|
|1988||Captain Johnno (TV movie)||Frank|
|1988||Boulevard of Broken Dreams||Tom Garfield|
|1988||Grievous Bodily Harm||Morris Martin|
|1983–1990||All the Rivers Run (TV series)||Brenton Edwards|
|1990||Heaven Tonight||Johnny Dysart|
|1991||Which Way Home (TV movie)||Steve Hannah|
|1991||All Together Now (TV series)||Lockie Burns|
|1992||Kelly (TV series)||Mr. Nichols|
|1993||Singapore Sling (TV movie)||John Stamford|
|1995||Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay (TV movie)||John Stamford|
|1995||Asian Connection: Old Flames (TV movie)||John Stamford|
|1995||Asian Connections: Midnight Orchid (TV movie)||John Stamford|
|1996||Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV series)||Damien Winters|
|1997||Good Guys, Bad Guys (TV series)||Oscar Drake|
|1997||Fallen Angels (TV series)||Bob Tognetti|
|1998||The Sugar Factory||Sam Lejeune|
|1998||The Real Macaw||Dr. Lance Magen|
|1999||The Lost World (TV series)||Lento|
|1999||The Chameleon II: Death Match (TV movie)||Henry Kubica|
|2000||Tales of the South Seas (TV series)||Robert Frye|
|2002||Young Lions (TV series)||Senior Detective Bill Martin|
|2003||Evil Never Dies (TV movie)||Professor Arkin|
|2004||Fireflies (TV series)||Perry Luscombe|
|2005||Shealth||Black Ops Doctor|
|2005||Late Shift (film short)||Old Paul Bell|
|2006||Carnivale Reflux (film short)||Narrator (voice)|
|2006–2009||All Saints (TV series)||Dr. Miklos Vlasek|
|2010||Underbelly (TV series)||John Hatton|
|2010||Sea Patrol (TV series)||Sergeant Booker|
|2010||Centre Place||Jack Houghton|
|2010||City Homicide (TV series)||William Clegg|
|2011||Ragtime (film short)||Dick|
|2012||The Mystery of a Hansom Cab ( TV movie)||Mark Frettiby|
|2013||Return to Nim's Island||Booker|
|2013||Worm (film short)||Police Interviewer|
|2010–2014||Offspring (TV series)||Darcy Proudman|
|2014||ANZAC Girls (TV miniseries)||Colonel Thomas Fiaschi|
|2015||Killers and Thieves (film short)||The Fence|
|2016||Virtual Dogs and Loaded Guns||Bank Customer|
|2016||Rake (TV series)||Edgar Thompson|
|2016||The Faintest Clasp (film short)||Voice|
|2017||The Doctor Blake Mysteries (TV series)||Bernie Thompson|
|2016–2018||Future-Worm! (TV series)||Manchovy|
|2018||Mystery Road (TV mini-series)||Travis James|
|2018||True Story with Hamish & Andy (TV series)|
|In production as of publication||Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears||Professor Linnaeus|
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- Sydney musical The Addams Family brings real heart and charm to the stage. The Telegraph, 24 March 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013]
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