Gary Day (actor)

Gary Day (born 10 November 1941) is a New Zealand actor and writer who has appeared in Australian television police drama series, including Homicide and Murder Call.

Gary Day
Born (1941-11-10) November 10, 1941 (age 79)
Christchurch, New Zealand
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1969-2002
Known forHomicide, Murder Call
AwardsAustralia Film Institute Award


Day worked as a male model and appeared in several television commercials. This led to guest roles in episodes of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, police dramas The Link Men, The Long Arm, Homicide and Matlock Police produced by Crawford Productions. This culminated in the regular role of Senior Detective Phillip Redford in Crawford's series Homicide in 1973. Redford was a university graduate who had served as a bomb disposal expert in Vietnam, and was anti-violence as a result.

Day was the only cast member who appeared in all colour episodes of Homicide until it ceased production in 1975. Following this he appeared as a regular in Crawford's soap opera The Box as Marcus Boyd in 1977.

His other regular series role was as Detective Inspector Malcolm Thorne in Murder Call in 1997-98.

Guest roles include Cop Shop, Carson's Law, Blue Heelers, Halifax f.p., Dogs Head Bay.

Stage rolesEdit

He played the major supporting role of George Witton (to Terence Donovan's leading role of Harry 'Breaker' Morant) in the first public performance of Kenneth G. Ross's important Australian play Breaker Morant: A Play in Two Acts, presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Thursday, 2 February 1978.

TV ShowsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Availability
1960 The Adventures of the Terrible Ten Guest role Not Available
1969 Skippy Mitch Guest; Season 02, Episode 30 (Title: Plain Jane) Available on DVD.
1970 The Link Men Constable Guest; Season 01, episode 10 (Title: Somebody's Kid Is Missing) Available on DVD.
1970 The Long Arm Det. Emerson Guest; Season 01, Episode 01 (Title: The Lion Was the First to Know) Available on DVD.
1972 Matlock Police Norman Henderson Guest; Season 02, Episode 45 (Title: A Perfect Gentleman) Available on DVD.
1972-1977 Homicide Sen. Det. Phil Redford / Russell Thompson Main Role (134 Episodes) Available on DVD.
1977 The Box Marcus Lloyd Guest Star 1 episode (Episode Unknown)
1977-1978 Cop Shop Lyle Scott / Philip Stedman / Simon Hutton Guest (Between 1977-1978) (11 episodes) Available on DVD.
1983 Carson's Law Mr. Ward Guest; Season ??, Episode ?? (Title: Happy Families) Available on DVD.
1983 Home Denny Guest; Season 01, Episode 21 & 22
1984 Mortimer's Patch John Marinovich Guest; Season 03, Episode 06 (Title: Nothing Changed)
1984 Inside Straight Charles Morrison Guest; Season 01, Episode 02
1986 The Great Bookie Robbery Coilin Reynolds Available on DVD.
1986 The Fast Lane Keel Guest Season 02, Episode 09
1988 The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy TV (Mini-Series) Not Available
1989 Mission: Impossible Laroux Season 01, Episode 16
1989 A Country Practice Duncan Stevenson Guest Season 09, Episodes 15 & 16 Available on DVD.
1990 Come in Spinner Nigel Carstairs TV (Mini-Series) Available on DVD
1990 Flair (miniseries) Chuck TV (Mini-Series) Not Available
1990 The Great Air Race Ray Parer TV (2-Part Mini-Series)
1991 Shark in the Park Detective Sgt Tyson Guest Season 03, Episode 01
1993 Snowy Charlie Gillespie Guest Episodes 6 & 11 Available on DVD.
1994-2001 Blue Heelers Commander Reginald Jones Guest Season 01, Episode 08 & Season 08, Episodes 27 & 28 Available on DVD.
1995 Blue Murder Bill Crofton TV (2-Part Mini-Series) Available on DVD.
1996 Halifax f.p. Sgt Mick Snow Guest Season 01, Episode 07, "Without Consent" Available on DVD.
1996 The Bite Coveney
1996 Twisted Lowell Guest Season 01, Episode 11
1997-2000 Murder Call Det. Insp. Malcolm Thorne Main Role (56 Episodes) Available on DVD.
1999 Dog's Head Bay Stan Fairweather Guest Season 01, Episode 11
1999 Stingers Edgar Voss Guest Season 02, Episode 22 Available on DVD.


Year Title Role Notes Availability
1971 Three to Go David (segment "Judy")
1972 The Man Who Shot the Albatross
1977 Raw Deal Tyrone Leader
1977 The Mango Tree Constable McHendry
1978 The Night Nurse Rick
1980 The Quick Brown Fox Paul Sharmann
1980 Departmental
1980 Nightmares Policeman #2 Film (aka Night Mares) Available on DVD.
1980 Going Home Mike
1982 Duet for Four Terry Byrne
1982 Crosstalk Ed Ballinger Available on DVD.
1983 Skin Deep Ed Price Available on DVD.
1984 Death Warmed Up Dr. Archer Howell Available on DVD.
1985 Glass Babies Brendan Keller Available on DVD.
1985 Natural Causes Warren
1985 Hanging Together Craig
1986 Body Business Nick Christopher
1987 Hard Knuckle Topdog
1988 Death Wave Sam Barlow
1989 A Sting in the Tale Barry Robbins
1990 Harbour Beat Gavin Walker
1990 Jigsaw Gordon Carroll
1991 The Girl from Mars Virgil
1993 Corrupt Justice Goodwin
1995 Tunnel Vision Steve Docherty
1995 On the Dead Side
2002 Tempe Tip Norman Crisp


Year Award Category TV show Result
2001 Australian Film Institute Awards Won Best Actor in a Guest Role in a TV Drama Series Blue Heelers Won

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