Monday, January 9, 2012

Anthony LaPaglia

Anthony LaPaglia has accumulated a substantial number of film credits in the United States, which so far mostly consists of supporting roles. LaPaglia (pictured above) was a quiet achiever acting in American films since the late 1980s, yet he didn't become well known to Australian film and television viewers until the late 1990s with the local movie Looking For Alibrandi. He is best known for his role as FBI Agent Jack Malone from the American television drama Without a Trace. LaPaglia has maintained a strong connection with Australia and starred in: Lantana, The Bank, and Balibo. He also supports the development of soccer in Australia as a part owner of the A-League club Sydney F.C. and as a backer of the International Goalkeepers Academy. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Paul Hogan

The marketing of Australia as a desired tourist destination for Americans was somewhat cultivated by Paul Hogan's larrikin persona television advertisements, which aired in the United States during the 1980s. Australian viewers came to know Hogan (pictured above) through his television comedy program The Paul Hogan Show, which aired from 1973 - 1984. It was the Crocodile Dundee franchise that catapulted Hogan in the American market, but despite his 1980s status as an Australian icon in the U.S., Hogan's filmography contains just over ten credits for acting since 1980, and in no decade from the 1980s to date has he been involved in more than four major film acting roles. Despite his number of film credits Hogan made considerable progress promoting Australia and providing likable film characters. He returned to the Australian Film Industry in the 2000s with local movies Strange Bedfellows and Charlie and Boots. Hogan's advertising phrase "shrimp on the barbie" was particularly catchy in gaining American interest towards Australia. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Jack Thompson

Since the late 1960s Jack Thompson has been one of Australia's most enduring actors. He has appeared extensively in Australian film and television, and he has also achieved notable credits in Hollywood films. Thompson (pictured above) distinguishes himself with his gruff voice and character sincerity in the roles that he plays. He has acted in some of Australia's best films which includes: Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River, and Australia. During the 1990s Thompson began to appear in a steady flow of Hollywood films consisting of: Broken Arrow, Original Sin, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and The Assassination of Richard Nixon. In a career over 40-years Thompson has made an immense contribution to Australian film and television. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

George Lazenby

To date only one Australian has played the part of Ian Fleming's James Bond 007, which occurred in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service where George Lazenby starred as 007. Lazenby (pictured above) is a well travelled actor having left Australia to model in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, and in only his second major film role received the part of James Bond. Lazenby could have continued on in the James Bond franchise but chose to pursue other opportunities. He is reportedly one of the last people to have seen Bruce Lee alive, and Lazenby's acting career has taken him to the U.K., Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, and Hollywood. During the 1970s he received several breaks in American television programs, which form a considerable proportion of his career credits into the early 2000s. In 1988 he had a recurring role on the television show Superboy. Lazenby is of humble beginnings having grown up in Goulburn and Queanbeyan New South Wales, and he has spent a significant part of his life living in the United States. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington has had one of the most substantial rises in Hollywood of any current Australian actor. In the year 2000 Worthington (pictured above) was introduced to film viewers when he starred with Adam Garcia in the Australian movie Bootmen. This was followed by a minor role in the American film Hart's War, in 2002, which starred Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and during the same year the Australian film Dirty Deeds. Worthington continued to accumulate film credits throughout the 2000s, but 2009 was his year when he starred in Terminator Salvation and Avatar. Worthington is also set to reprise his role as Jake Sully in Avatar 2 and 3. It would seem that he is on track to become a megastar in Hollywood, which is a journey that began as a National Institute of Dramatic Art scholarship winner. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Joel Edgerton

Actor Joel Edgerton first appeared on Australian television in the mid 1990s, which included episodes on: Police Rescue, Water Rats, Wildside, and The Secret Life of Us. He acted alongside Hugh Jackman in the 1999 Australian film Erskineville Kings, and he has accumulated notable film credits with: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Ned Kelly, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and Warrior. Edgerton (pictured above) is progressing to attain more starring roles but his career to date consists mostly of supporting roles. He co-starred in the 2011 film Warrior, which suggests that he has the potential to gain more leading roles now that he has such a credit in an American film. Edgerton represents a new generation of Australians in Hollywood, and he appears comfortable acting in drama and action genre films. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

S.E. Hinton

During the 1990s there was multiple S.E. Hinton books on Australian High School English reading lists. Her book That Was Then, This Is Now was on the Year 8 book list in 1993, and The Outsiders was on the Year 9 book list in 1994. I read and studied both of these books and Hinton (pictured above) quickly became a source of writing inspiration for me, as her five young adult books have a focus on wayward youths and their social and personal development towards adulthood. I could relate to many of the rebellious characters in her books and their misadventures and progression certainly made for good reading, at a time when I read few books. Hinton's first book The Outsiders was published in 1967 when she was 17-years old. As a teenager the idea of writing novels suddenly didn't seem like just the work of greying adults, knowing that Hinton was only two years older than me when the book was published. She is one of my biggest writing influences and I own all of her adult and young adult books. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, and Brennan Cooper cheapest seller.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk (pictured above) is best known as an American transgressional novelist with twelve fiction books to date. It was the film Fight Club that introduced me to Palahniuk's work and now I own all of his fiction books. His novels are highly original and often shift away from normality into a world of taboo and mayhem. He presents the reader with clever stories sprinkled with twists and surprises. Palahniuk also entertains the reader with a combination of crude and philosophical humour, and anatomical descriptions of characters and their behaviour that cause out loud laughter. His style and stories have certainly inspired me with my own writing. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links: The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.