Jon English has died at 66 years old 28



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Much loved Australian actor and rocker, Jon English has died aged 66.  He passed away with his family around him after complications from surgery.

First discovered in his performance in the role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar on the Australian stage in the 1970s, English has lived a fulfilling career, winning a Logie for best new talent in 1979 for TV show, Against The Wind.

English then became famous for his performances in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore.  He is believed to have performed the role of the pirate king, his favourite role more than 1000 times.   

More news will come during the day, but our thoughts are with his family of four children, Jessamin, Josephine, Jonnie and Julian, and his partner Carmen.

Tell us how you remember Jon English today.


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  1. Remember that husky voice and that great laugh …RIP Jon…

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    • Another star has left us..Weather or not we knew him well,we knew about him as he was part of us.You feel the sadness of his parting as if he were a brother.God rest his soul..

  2. I feel so sag I rember seeing him at Cronulla Leagues club many years ago what a great night he was amazing what a voice so powerful

  3. All three of his G&S roles,the verve the humour the voice and in the dvd the encores on pirate king.RIP

  4. I first saw Jon English in Jesus Christ – Super Star. He was fantastic! Such a wonderful singer/ actor/ person!
    I am so sad for his family!

  5. My deepest condolences for his family. Australia will be in mourning. Another huge talent lost. RIP Jon

  6. So sad, became a big fan of Jon after watching him many years ago at the Central Coast Leagues with Marsha Hines and the Daly Wilson Big Band.. Must have been the early seventies.. Great stage performer throughout his career, I am sure he will be missed by many. Rock on in heaven …

  7. I remember him as an amazing Judas….so many years ago!! It is sad to hear of hus early death.myfriend from Kambala School Jane F. and I hero worshipped him so many years ago….

  8. Rest in Peace John. You will be missed but not forgotten. You were a wonderful actor and singer and a very talented man.

  9. RIP Jon English I loved all your music Loved your husky voice you will be sadly missed and I love the series against the wind and pirates

  10. Saw him in Jesus Christ Super star. Loved him . Always loved him . So sad he was too young to go . Life is just not fair

  11. Saw him in Jesus Christ Super star. Loved him . Always loved him . So sad he was too young to go . Life is just not fair

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