Gary Sweet (born 22 May 1957) is an Australian film and television actor known for his roles in Alexandra's Project (as Steve), Police Rescue (as Sergeant "Mickey" McClintock), Cody (as Cody), Big Sky (as Chris Manning), Bodyline (as Donald Bradman), Stingers (as DI Luke Harris) and House Husbands (as Lewis Crabb).
Sweet and his girlfriend Nadia Dyall at the 2012 AACTA Awards
|Spouse(s)||Lenore Smith (m. 1981–83, divorced)|
Jill Miller (m. 1987–??, divorced, 2 children)
Johanna Griggs (m. 1995–99, divorced, 2 children)
Nadia Dyall (m. ??–present)
|Awards||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama: (1991, 1992 – Police Rescue)|
Logie Award for Most Popular Actor: (1993 – Police Rescue)
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Series: (1993 – Police Rescue)
Inductee into the Australian Film Walk of Fame: (2011)
His first role was in low-budget horror film Nightmares. In the early 1980s, Sweet became recognisable through the ongoing role of Leslie 'Magpie' Maddern in the Crawfords television series The Sullivans.
The award-winning 1987 Australian TV movie The Great Bookie Robbery was a gritty true-crime story seeing Sweet's character Chico White playing the inside man trying to infiltrate the close-knit bank robbers.
Between 1990 and 1996, Sweet starred in the drama series Police Rescue as Sgt. Steve "Mickey" McClintock. This role was a popular role for Sweet, and led him to win several major television awards, including the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama for his performance (in 1991 and 1992), the Variety Club Heart Award for TV Actor of the Year (1993), and two TV Week Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Actor (1992, 1994).
Between 1997 and 1999, Sweet starred in Big Sky as Chris Manning, and in 1999, starred in Dog's Head Bay as Alex. In 2001, he appeared in a fourth series episode of the British comedy-drama Cold Feet. In 2002, he took on the continuing role of Inspector Luke Harris in the police drama series Stingers until the show's conclusion in 2004.
In 2006, Sweet was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and made it to the final seven. His partner was dancer Eliza Campagna. In 2007, Sweet appeared on several shows. He starred in the SBS miniseries The Circuit (starring as Magistrate Peter Lockhart), he co-hosted Channel Nine's Things To Try Before You Die and starred in the ABC television series Rain Shadow with Rachel Ward. In 2008, he narrated the Australian observational documentary TV series Sudden Impact, broadcast on the Nine Network.
In 2009, he had a guest role in Channel Nine's Rescue: Special Ops and starred in season two of The Circuit. He had a role as Gunnery Sergeant Elmo "Gunny" Haney in The Pacific, which aired in 2010 in Australia and the US in 2010. He played Superintendent Jack Finchin in the short-lived Nine Network police drama Cops L.A.C.. In 2011, he had a role on Rescue: Special Ops as Shane Gallagher. He appeared in a guest role in The Doctor Blake Mysteries in 2015 and twice in 2017. From 2012 to 2017 Sweet starred in the Nine Networks drama/comedy House Husbands.
Though most recognised for his television roles, Sweet has appeared in numerous stage productions. These include David Williamson's The Club, and in 2001, Tony McNamara's play The Recruit for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He has appeared in the Frankie Valli-tribute musical Oh, What a Night. In 2013, he performed in Trevor Ashley's musical comedy Little Orphan trAshley with Rhonda Burchmore.
|2002||The Tracker||The Fanatic|
|Gettin' Square||Chicka Martin|
|2005||Dust Storm (short)||Tom|
|Operating Instructions (short)||Paul|
|2008||Bitter & Twisted||Greg Praline|
|The Tumbler||Hurtle Hamilton|
|2010||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||Lord Drinian|
|The Telegram Man (short)||John Lewis|
|The Pacific (miniseries)||Sgt. Elmo "Gunny" Haney|
Sweet dabbled in the Australian music scene with limited success in the early 1990s. Sweet released a cover of Billy Thorpe's Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy) in 1994 through Polygram Records Australia. The single peaked at #52 on the ARIA singles chart, and spent 7 weeks in the top 100.
Sweet has won several awards in his acting career. He has won two Logie Awards, one in 1982 for his role in The Sullivans (won the Most Popular New Talent) and one in 1994 for his role on Police Rescue (won the Most Popular Actor).
At the 1992 and 1996 Logies, he was nominated for Most Popular Actor for his role in Police Rescue, and in 2003 and 2004, was nominated for Most Outstanding Actor for his role in Stingers.
2004 saw Sweet become the public face of "The Performance Pack Initiative", an information campaign for men with impotence problems from Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Impotence Australia. Bans against direct advertising prescription medicines meant that Sweet was unable to directly mention the drug, Levitra, but this code was broken when Sweet mentioned Levitra on an Adelaide radio programme. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Media Watch reported that Sweet was being investigated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for possible breach of advertising codes.
Sweet is divorced from his third wife, television presenter and former Commonwealth Games swimmer, Johanna Griggs. They have two sons, Jesse James and Joe Buster. Sweet has two children from his second marriage to Jill Miller, Frank and Sophie. Following in his father's footsteps, Frank Sweet is also an actor. Sweet's first marriage was to actress Lenore Smith.
Gary Sweet is an ambassador for the Glenelg Tigers, an Australian rules football club who play in the South Australian National Football League. He is also a supporter of the Manly Sea Eagles rugby league club who play in the National Rugby League.
- "Born today...", Brisbane Times, 20 May 2008; "Gary Sweet, Australian actor (borm 1957), Fairfax Photos; Albert Moran; Chris Keating (2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 357. ISBN 9780810870222.
- The Larrikin Grows Up, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2002]
- Australian Film Institute, Past Winners, Television 1986–2006 Archived 28 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- TV Week Logies official site Archived 9 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 15 March 2008
- "The Doctor Blake Mysteries: episode guide series 3, Australian Television Information Archive
- The Doctor Blake Mysteries – BBC broadcast series 5: "A Good Drop", episode 7; "Hark the Angels Sing", episode 8
- "Adults-only panto too funny for Sweet to miss out" by Natalie Bochenski, Brisbane Times, 11 July 2013
- Sweet's discography
- "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 24 Apr 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- "Australian Film Festival Kicks Off". FilmInk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Press Release, GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, 28 July 2004
- Sweet's Potent Drug, Media Watch, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 2004
- Choice Consumer Advocates
- Glenelg Football Club Ambassadors Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gary Sweet.|
- Gary Sweet on IMDb
- The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia – Theatre . Film . Radio . Television – Volume 1 – Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee – Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996
- The Australian Film and Television Companion – compiled by Tony Harrison – Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994