Willie Fennell

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Willie Fennell
Born William Fennell
(1920-01-01)1 January 1920
Bondi, New South Wales, Australia
Died 9 September 1992(1992-09-09) (aged 72)
Sydney, Australia
Other names "Phooey" Fennell
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1945–1992

William Fennell (1 January 1920 – 9 September 1992)[1] was an Australian radio, television, stage and film actor, comedian and writer who appeared in many Australian television series.

Scriptwriter and author

As Phooey Fennell he scripted and starred in the popular radio series Life With Dexter during the 1950s and 1960s,[2] and also wrote a series of books collecting the scripts of the radio show including Life with Dexter, Dexter Loses His Head, Dexter Sings, More Life with Dexter, My Third Life with Dexter, The Desert Island Wreckers, Dexter's Court, Dexter's Fit, Dexter Gets the Point, Car-razy Life with Dexter, Dexter and Ashleigh Muddle On and Dexter Detects. Fennell also wrote a book of poetry and humorous sketches entitled Mad Stuff.[1]


On television, he played Arthur Simmonds on a recurring basis in The Young Doctors from 1976 to 1978, and also appeared on Sons and Daughters as Spider Webb in the mid-1980s. He regularly appeared in A Country Practice in various roles.

Personal life

Fennell was the father of Susan Fennell and Jane Fennell, best known as "Miss Jane" on the Australian children's television show Mr. Squiggle.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Arnold, John; John A. Hay; Sally Batten (2000). The Bibliography of Australian Literature. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 978-0-7022-3500-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Life With Dexter for Come-back, The Age, 25 November 1955.

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