Uncle Jack Charles Death – Famous Actor and Aboriginal elder Uncle Jack Charles of Melbourne, Australia sadly passed away on Tuesday 13th September 2022. He died at the age of 79 surrounded by his family at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He was born on 5 September 1943 at Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to a Bunurong mother and Wiradjuri father. The cause of his death is unknown at this time.
Uncle Jack Charles’ Early Life
Charles was taken away from his mother as an infant as part of a program of forced assimilation run by the Australian government. He was sexually abused as a child while growing up in the Salvation Army Boys’ Home in Box Hill, which is located in suburban Melbourne. He was the only Aboriginal child living there at the time. When Charles was in his 70s, he shared with Geraldine Doogue that he had continued to uphold Christian values throughout his life, having received a Christian education from the Salvation Army.
Jack Charles launched his career as an actor in the year 1970. Charles was cast in Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot by Dot Thompson, the director of the New Theatre in Melbourne. This was followed by a non-Aboriginal role in Rod Milgate’s A Refined Look at Existence, which was also directed by Dot Thompson. Charles was an early contributor to the development of Indigenous theater in Australia.
What you need to know about Uncle Jack Charles
In 1971, he collaborated with Bob Maza to establish the first Indigenous theater company in Australia at The Pram Factory in Melbourne under the name Nindethana (which means “place for a corroboree”). Their first successful play debuted in 1972 and was titled Jack Charles is Up and Fighting, featuring music that was composed by Jack Charles himself. In 1972, Charles participated in an audition for the role of the Australian Indigenous title character in the television show Boney.
At the Melbourne Festival in 2010, the one-man show Jack Charles. The Crown was performed by Charles under the auspices of Ilbijerri Theatre. As a result of his performance, Charles was considered for a Helpmann Award in the category of Best Male Actor in a Play. Since then, Jack Charles v. The Crown has gone on tour both within Australia and throughout the world. I am Eora was a production that he participated in during the 2012 Sydney Festival.
Uncle Jack Charles’ obituary has not been released by the family
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