By David Knox
December 2, 2014
Screenwriter and actor Jeff Truman, whose prolific body of work includes scripts for Neighbours, Packed to the Rafters, Underbelly, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Stingers, All Saints and Play School, has died, aged 57.
It’s understood he passed away in hospital with family and friends keeping vigil.
His family has paid tribute to his body of work, as both writer and performer, with more than 200 hours of screenwriting credits in Australia.
Truman received five AWGIE nominations, winning the award for Best Original Mini Series in 2013 for Underbelly: Badness.
His writing credits also include Rescue Special Ops, Wonderland, Fat Tony & Co., Tricky Business, Sea Patrol, City Homicide, The Strip, The Alice, Last Man Standing, McLeod’s Daughters, Blue Heelers, Above the Law, A Country Practice, Father of the Pride, Something in the Air, Home and Away, Shortland Street and E Street.
He has also written 2 of the upcoming episodes of the Rebecca Gibney series Winter.
He wrote the feature film Envy which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999.
His acting credits include Superman Returns, The Quiet American, Bliss, Flirting, envy as well as roles on A Place to Call Home, Puberty Blues, Underbelly, All Saints, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Home and Away, Police Rescue, GP, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Patrol Boat and Scales of Justice.
The Australian Writers’ Guild is yet to formally pay tribute to Jeff Truman but colleagues have described him as “a great bloke and a bloody good writer.”
Born: 1957, Australia
Died: 12/2/2014, Australia
Jeff Truman’s western – actor:
Bullseye – 1987 (Sergeant Willis)