RIP Norman Yemm
Australian actor Norman Yemm from Homicide, Number 96 dies
By Colin Vickery and Tom Minear
February 5, 2015
THE Australian television industry is mourning the loss of actor Norman Yemm, who has died aged 82.
The lanky actor, who was also a singer and cabaret performer, starred in many of the country’s most famous TV series including Homicide, Number 96 and The Sullivans.
Yemm was also a familiar face on Division 4, Matlock Police, Prisoner, A Country Practice, Neighbours and Blue Heelers, as well as miniseries A Fortunate Life and The Petrov Affair.
Lorraine Bayly, his co-star on wartime drama The Sullivans, said she loved working with him.
“It’s a sad, sad thing. He was such a lovely, lovely man and such a good actor,” Ms Bayly told 3AW. “You could just rely on him totally.”
She shared her “love and condolences” with Yemm’s family, including twin brother Gordon and daughter Jodie, who is also an actor.
Yemm took to acting late after a career in musicals.
He spent 4½ years as a principal baritone for the Australian Opera Company before getting his first part on Channel 7’s Homicide in 1965.
A Seven spokeswoman said he was “a much loved member” of the cast.
“Norman was an understated person, who gave his best to each and every performance, which is why audiences loved his work,” she said.
A Channel Nine spokeswoman also paid tribute to Yemm as “an important part of the early years of drama at Nine”.
Born: 3/23/1933, Elstenwick, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2/4/2015, Rosebud, Victoria, Australia
Norman Yemm’s western – actor:
Raw Deal – 1977 (O’Neill)