Entertainment & Arts

Actor Gus Mercurio dies aged 82

Paul Mercurio and Gus Mercurio
Image caption As well as his acting credits Gus Mercurio (right) was also well known in the boxing world

Australian actor Gus Mercurio, who appeared in The Blue Lagoon and Crocodile Dundee II, has died aged 82.

The US-born actor, who also starred in several Australian TV series' including Cash and Company and Tandarra, died while in surgery for a chest aneurysm.

"There's a little bit of sunshine that's just gone out and will never be replaced," his son Paul Mercurio said.

The actor was also a professional boxer and president of the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame.

Mr Mercurio - an actor who starred in the hit film Strictly Ballroom - told Australian Broadcasting radio that he would "have loved him to have written his autobiography so that I could really know all about him."

Actress Sigrid Thornton, who worked with Mercurio in 1982 movie The Man From Snowy River, paid tribute to the actor.

"He had his life as an actor and as a boxer, and you have to be a fighter to stay in the acting process," she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I imagine there was something about Australia that attracted him. He had a relaxed charm about him."

Mercurio is survived by his second wife, Rita, and six children.