Australian Indigenous Star and Activist, Jack Charles, dies at 79

Jack Charles was an Australian stage and screen actor, musician, potter, and Aboriginal elder. His film credits include the landmark Australian film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Bedevil (1993), Blackfellas (1993), Tom White (2004), and Pan (2015), among others.

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Uncle Jack Charles, an indigenous singer, musician, artist, and activist, passed away at the age of 79.

Indigenous actor, musician, artist, and activist Uncle Jack Charles died at the age of 79. His publicist revealed on Tuesday morning Charles had suffered a stroke and died at Royal Melbourne hospital. The adored Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung, and Yorta Yorta elders were farewelled by a family with a smoking ritual in the hospital. “We are so proud of everything he has achieved in his incredible life – elder, actor, musician, potter, activist, mentor, a household name, and voice cherished by all – as is evidenced by his multiple awards including this year’s NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year,” the statement read.

“He will live on in our hearts and memories and through his numerous screen and stage roles.” On Tuesday the minister for Indigenous affairs, Linda Burney, said Charles was “a ground-breaking storyteller and activist who brought people in with his warmth and grace, never shying away from his past and who he was. “He gave a window for many Australians to observe the lingering pain of survivors of the stolen generations and inspired many with his strength of character and resilience,” she said in a statement.

On Twitter, rapper Briggs paid tribute: “You’d never have met a more loving, hilarious & friendly soul,” he tweeted. “Uncle Jack & Uncle Arch [Archie Roach] gonna be in excellent company wherever they’re at.”

Jack Charles Age, Family, Early Life

Jack Charles was born on 5 September 1943 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He holds an Australian nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Virgo.

jack charles family

Jack Charles was born to a Bunurong mother and Wiradjuri father, Charles’ great-great-grandfather was a Djadjawurrung man.

Jack Charles Wife, What about his Relationship?

Regarding Jack Charles’s relationships, there is no information at all. If we find anything about his relationship. Later, we’ll update you.

Jack Charles Career, What was his profession?

In 1970, Jack Charles started his acting career in theatre. The director of the New Theatre Melbourne, Dot Thompson, put Charles in Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot, which was followed by a non-Aboriginal character in Rod Milgate’s A Refined Look at Existence. Charles was active in founding Indigenous theatre in Australia. In 1971, he co-founded, with Bob Maza, Nindethana (‘venue for a corroboree’) at The Pram Factory in Melbourne, Australia’s first Indigenous theatre group.

Their first hit play, in 1972, was called Jack Charles is Up and Fighting, and contained music composed by him. In 1972, Charles auditioned for the role of the Australian Indigenous title character in the television drama Boney but was refused because they were “looking for an actor with blue eyes”. The task went to New Zealand-born James Laurenson who donned brown facial make-up for the role. In 1974, Charles played Bennelong in the Old Tote Theatre production of Michael Boddy’s Cradle of Hercules, which was staged at the Sydney Opera House as part of its debut season.

Also in the cast was a young David Gulpilil. Stage work includes Jack Davis’ play No Sugar for the Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth, Western Australia. Charles was the subject of Amiel Courtin-2008 Wilson’s documentary Bastardy, which followed him for seven years.

Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor

The film’s tagline characterized him as an “Addict. Homosexual. Cat burglar. Actor. Aboriginal.”In 2010, Ilbijerri Theatre performed Charles’ one-man play named Jack Charles v The Crown at the Melbourne Festival. Charles was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play for his performance. Jack Charles v The Crown has since toured across Australia and beyond. In 2012, he performed in the Sydney Festival musical I am Eora. Charles plays Chief Great Little Panther in Joe Wright’s 2015 film Pan.

In 2016, Charles participated in two episodes of the television horror drama series Wolf Creek. Also in 2016, he participated in the television drama series Cleverman. Charles starred in the 2021 television comedy series Preppers. Charles’ memoir, authored by Namila Benson, Jack Charles: Born-Again Blakfella, was released on 18 August 2020 by Penguin. The memoir was shortlisted by the Australian Book Industry Awards for the 2020 Biography Book of the Year.

Charles earned a Lifetime Achievement award from Victoria’s Green Room Awards in April 2014, the first Indigenous recipient. Jack was recognized by the Victorian Government, in 2015, in the category “Victorian Senior Australian of the Year”

How much is Jack Charles Net Worth?

Jack Charles’s net worth has yet to be published. We’ll keep you updated if we come across any new information about his net worth.     

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Which school and college did he go to?

Jack Charles received a Christian education from the Salvation Army and continued to observe Christian beliefs into his 70s.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Jack Charles is active on Facebook. He has 35K+ followers on Facebook.

Physical Appearance of Jack Charles’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorWhite
Eye colorBrown
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Jack Charles’s should be knows

Zodiac signVirgo
Relationship StatusNot Available