Gus Mercurio

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Gus Mercurio
Born Augustino Eugenio Mercurio
(1928-08-10)10 August 1928
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Died 7 December 2010(2010-12-07) (aged 82)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–2008

Augustino Eugenio "Gus" Mercurio (10 August 1928 – 7 December 2010) was an American-born Australian character actor who appeared on both film and television.

Early life

Mercurio, the eldest child of Vincent A. Mercurio and Cecilia W. "Mickey" Miller, was born in West Bend, Wisconsin near Milwaukee.[1] He had two sisters, Gerie and Connie, and a brother, Tony.[2] His parents were divorced when he was seven.

He visited Australia during 1956 Melbourne Olympics and decided to stay.[3]


His father had boxed professionally under the name of Vince McGurk, and one of his uncles had boxed professionally under the name of Ray Miller. Mercurio himself was a professional boxer, had served in the United States Marine Corps and was a qualified chiropractor.[4]

Mercurio was also an international boxing judge (refereeing a world title fight) and was also a well-known boxing promoter. He later became the inaugural president of the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame - into which he was inducted in 2008.

Radio, TV and film

Having successfully auditioned for consideration to be included in the cast of an ABC radio play, and selected at his first audition, his raspy voice, energetic personality and natural talents quickly came to the attention of Australian television production houses such as Crawford Productions.[4]

He also worked as a commentator for Channel 7's World of Sport, as well as acting as the movie host for Channel 10's Saturday Night with Gus Mercurio.[5]

Mercurio appeared in several Australian TV series, including Cash and Company (1975), its follow-up Tandarra (1976) and the miniseries Power Without Glory (1976). Additionally, he played many guest roles in Australian TV police series, including Homicide (1964), Division 4 (1969) and Matlock Police (1971). His film appearances include The Blue Lagoon (1980), The Man from Snowy River (1982), Turkey Shoot (1982), "Crocodile" Dundee II (1988), Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) and Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997).


Mercurio was married twice and fathered seven children, including dancer/actor Paul Mercurio, the star of the film Strictly Ballroom (1992).


He died on 7 December 2010 from complications during surgery for a chest aneurism.[6] He was 82 years old.

Selected filmography


  • Mercurio, G., Boxin' : all you wanted to know but didn't want to fight to ask, Regus, (Kew), 1998. ISBN 0-646-35241-5
  • Mercurio, G., Hang in There: Inspirational Gems to Empower You!, Wilkinson Books, (Melbourne), 1994. ISBN 1-86350-168-1


  1. Interview with Gus Mercurio
  2. Arlington National Cemetery's Biography: Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Thomas Mercurio.
  3. "Lives Remembered". The Telegraph. London. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Upham, Paul "Gus Mercurio"., Retrieved 7 December 2010
  5. Hill, M., The actors' handbook: a guide to the Australian entertainment industry, Artists Technologies, (Carlton), 2007, (ISBN 0975735810), p.20.
  6. "Gus Mercurio dies aged 82". ABC News, 7 December 2010
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cash & Company Tandarra Retrieved 7 December 2010

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