Speakers Profile - Frankie J. Holden

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Frankie J. Holden was born in 1952, the same year as the FJ Holden was first manufactured and during the course of his diverse career he has become as much an icon as his automotive namesake.

Frankie J. Holden began his show business career with the legendary rock group "OL'55", one of the most successful Australian recording acts of all time, and has gone on to be recognised as one of our most versatile and popular performers.

Frankie J. Holden has created some of Australian television's most memorable characters through leading roles in long-running serials: "Embassy", "Police Rescue", "Round the Twist", and "Something in the air". He has also played guest roles in virtually every drama and sit-com on Australian television.

In 1990 Frankie was awarded Best Actor in a tele-feature by both the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Television Society for his performance in "Police crop", as an honest man fighting corruption in the Federal Police Force.

As an MC, Frankie J., couldn't be any more suited to the task having hosted his own tonight show on the nine network.

Frankie J. Holden is also a very experienced and successful television presenter. From 1993 to 1996 he was part of the team roaming the globe for the channel seven show "The Great Outdoors". For three years, from 1996, he hosted his own live variety programme "In Melbourne Tonight" for the Nine Network.

Frankie J. Holden has appeared in over thirty films both here and overseas, beginning with "The Odd Angry Shot" in 1979. His most recent film was "Fortunes Of War", shot in the Philippines, opposite Martin Sheen. The 1989 film "Return Home" earned Frankie an AFI award for best performance in a Feature Film. Such is Franks standing within the Australian Film Industry he has hosted the AFI Awards three times.

In theatre, Frankie has toured with "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1981), "The Rocky Horror Show" (1992), and "Grease" (1994). In 1995 Frankie joined the Melbourne Theatre Company for their 40th Anniversary production of the classic Australian play "Summer of the seventeenth doll", to public and critical acclaim. In 2001/2002, he toured Australia in the Nick Enright play "Daylight Saving".