|Born||Augustino Eugenio Mercurio
10 August 1928
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
|Died||7 December 2010
Augustino Eugenio "Gus" Mercurio (10 August 1928 – 7 December 2010) was an American-born Australian character actor who appeared on both film and television.
Mercurio, the eldest child of Vincent A. Mercurio and Cecilia W. "Mickey" Miller, was born in West Bend, Wisconsin near Milwaukee. He had two sisters, Gerie and Connie, and a brother, Tony. His parents were divorced when he was seven.
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.
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.
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).
- Alvin Purple Rides Again (1974)
- Cash and Company TV series (1975)
- Eliza Fraser (1976)
- The Sullivans TV series (1976–1983)
- Power Without Glory TV series (1976)
- Tandarra TV series (1976)
- The Blue Lagoon (1980)
- Harlequin (1980)
- Turkey Shoot (1982)
- The Man from Snowy River (1982)
- Five Mile Creek TV series (1983)
- All the Rivers Run TV series (1983)
- The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
- The Challenge TV series (1986)
- "Crocodile" Dundee II (1988)
- The Great Air Race (1990) (TV)
- Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
- Lightning Jack (1994)
- Flipper TV series (1996)
- Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997)
- 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
- Interview with Gus Mercurio
- Arlington National Cemetery's Biography: Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Thomas Mercurio.
- "Lives Remembered". The Telegraph. London. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- Upham, Paul "Gus Mercurio". aussiebox.com.au, Retrieved 7 December 2010
- Hill, M., The actors' handbook: a guide to the Australian entertainment industry, Artists Technologies, (Carlton), 2007, (ISBN 0975735810), p.20.
- "Gus Mercurio dies aged 82". ABC News, 7 December 2010
- Cash & Company Tandarra Retrieved 7 December 2010
- Gus Mercurio at the Internet Movie Database
- Gus Mercurio biography at Aussie Box
- Photo Gallery: Farewell Gus Mercurio
- New Colonial Epic, Sydney Morning Herald TV Guide, Monday, 2 February 1976.
- Carman, G. & Upham, P., "Thinking man's boxer and more", The Age, 9 December 2010.
- Humphries, R. "Inside Sport: Gus Mercurio", Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, 25 February 1976, p.25.
- Paxinos, S., "A Contest in Black and White", The Age, 18 May 2008.
- Paxinos, S., "One out of the box", The Age, 12 July 2005.
- Quinn, K., "Farewell to a man who made mistakes … and amends", The Age, 21 December 2010.
- Stark, J., "Boxing history hits the canvas", The Age,29 September 2005.
- Silvers, A.R., "Wisconsin's Mercurio was a famous actor in Australia", The Journal Sentinel, 11 December 2010.
- Webb, C., "Celebrating dinky-di Americans", The Age, 7 June 2005.