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Arthur Dignam (born 9 September 1939) is an Australian actor.

Arthur Dignam
Born (1939-09-09) 9 September 1939 (age 79)
EducationNewington College
University of Sydney
Spouse(s)Single; Never married
ChildrenNicholas Gledhill



Dignam was born on Lord Howe Island.[1] He attended Newington College in Sydney as a boarder in 1955 and 1956[2] and then the University of Sydney.[3] He is possibly best known for one of his early roles, that of Brother Francine in Fred Schepisi's The Devil's Playground (1976).[4] While he has worked mainly in film and television, he has also worked in theatre, including musical theatre. He played Pontius Pilate in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972–73, and appears on the original Australian cast recording. During 1980, Dignam was part of A Shakespeare Company,[5] funded by a one-off grant from the Australia Council, and worked with actors Ruth Cracknell, Ron Haddrick and others on two texts for six months and then presented them at the Seymour Centre.[6]

His son is the actor Nicholas Gledhill.

Theatre creditsEdit



  1. ^ Arthur Dignam on IMDb
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp. 52
  3. ^ "Alumni & giving". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent (30 October 1981). "'The Devil's Playground'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ Milne, Geoffrey (2004). Theatre Australia (un)limited: Australian Theatre Since the 1950s. Rodopi. ISBN 9789042009301.
  6. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  7. ^ "AusStage". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ Oz Movies
  9. ^ a b Michael Ferguson and Michael S. Ferguson Idol Worship: A Shameless Celebration of Male Beauty in the Movies, p. 215, at Google Books