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Bill Hunter dies at 71; prolific Australian actor
Bill Hunter dies at 71; prolific Australian actor

Bill Hunter, the archetypal working-class Australian of a multitude of movies including the quirky trio "Muriel's Wedding," "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and "Strictly Ballroom" died of cancer May 21 in a Melbourne hospice, his manager said. He was 71.The prolific star of Australian movie and television screens with a weather-worn face, a distinctively broad and gravelly accent and an authoritative no-nonsense style remained an actor in demand until the end.Director Baz Luhrmann described Hunter in a statement as "the go-to iconic actor to synthesize quintessential Australian-ness."His break into the industry came as a stuntman when Hollywood made "On the Beach" in...

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