Gus Mercurio (born August 10, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American born Australian character actor who has appeared on both film and television.
He was a former professional boxer, ex-marine and chiropractor. His raspy voice, energetic personality and natural talents quickly came to the attention of Australian television production houses. He was also a well-known boxing promoter.
Mercurio appeared in several Australian period style TV series including Tandarra (1976), Cash and Company (1975) and Power Without Glory (1976). Additionally, he was a regular bad guy on several Australian TV police series including Homicide (1964), Division 4 (1969) and Matlock Police (1971). His film appearances included The Blue Lagoon (1980), The Man from Snowy River (1982) Crocodile Dundee II (1988), Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) and Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997).
He is the father of dancer and actor Paul Mercurio, the star of the film Strictly Ballroom (1992).
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Return to the Blue Lagoon is a 1991 English language romance and adventure film starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause, produced and directed by William A. Graham. The screenplay by Leslie Stevens was based on the novel The Garden of God by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. The film was marketed with the tagline "Return to the Romance, Return to the Adventure..."
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The original music score was composed by Basil Poledouris. The film's closing theme song "A World of Our Own" is performed by Surface featuring Bernard Jackson. The music was written by Barry Mann, and the lyrics were written by Cynthia Weil.
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Harlequin is a 1980 Australian film starring Robert Powell, Carmen Duncan, David Hemmings and Broderick Crawford. The screenplay is by Everett De Roche, the music by Brian May and the film is directed by Simon Wincer.
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