John McCallum Film, Stage and T.V. Signed Cards Autograph £15.00
This is an In Person Signed Autograph Album Page 4" x 3.5" by the late Australian Actor once married to Googie Withers he wrote, Directed and Produced works for Television including the Unforgettable Series " Skippy " the Bush Kangaroo.
John Neil McCallum, AO, CBE (14 March 1918 - 3 February 2010) was an Australian theatre and film actor, highly successful in Britain. He was also a television producer. McCallum was born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1918, son of theatre owner and entrepreneur John Neil McCallum Sr., who built and for many years ran the 2,000 seat Cremorne Theatre on the banks of the Brisbane River. McCallum Jr. was born during an opening night comedy performance and a friend sent his father a telegraph, reading Congratulations on two howling successes. McCallum Sr. had emigrated from Scotland. He became an accomplished musician and was soon involved in the Brisbane entertainment scene. McCallum's childhood memories were full of backstage encounters at the Cremorne Theatre with the variety of performers peopling a multitude of hit shows. His mother was an accomplished amateur actress who was born in England. The eldest of three boys, McCallum and his brothers received their primary school education in England. When the Great Depression forced the family to return to Australia, McCallum entered a Church of England grammar school in Brisbane and "liked it enormously". His early theatrical training was with Barbara Sisely at the Brisbane Repertory Company. He later did two years at RADA in London under Kenneth Barnes and his sisters Violet and Irene Vanburgh. From there he went into repertory at Tunbridge and Northampton. In 1939 he did a season at Stratford-upon-Avon playing small roles and understudying. From there he moved to similar roles at the Old Vic under Harley Granville-Barker in which he appeared in the historic 1939 production of King Lear which featured Jack Hawkins with Peggy Ashcroft, Fay Compton and Cathleen Nesbitt. McCallum returned to Australia shortly afterwards in order to join the AIF for the duration of World War II, in which he served in New Guinea. After the war he joined the J. C. Williamson company for a while, working with Gladys Moncrieff in The Maid of the Mountains. Because there were limited theatrical choices in Australia at the time, McCallum returned to England where he soon went back into to films; he had already appeared in two films before returning to Australia: Heritage (1935) and Held for Ransom (1938). McCallum became a leading man in Australian films of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1948 he married the British actress Googie Withers, with whom he appeared in a large number of films. They made their home in Australia from 1958. McCallum also wrote, directed and produced numerous films and television series, particularly the international TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (1966-68) which he co-produced with Lee Robinson. Television series he produced in the 1970s include Boney, Barrier Reef and Shannon's Mob. McCallum also widely acted on the stage. A particular favourite role was in The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham. In this production he acted alongside Googie Withers in the U.K. as well as in Australia.