Robert Hughes (Australian actor)

Robert Lindsay Hughes (born 19 August 1948) is an Australian actor whose most well known roles include ABBA: The Movie and the television sitcom Hey Dad..!

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Hughes first worked as a copy boy for the Sydney Morning Herald in the late 1960s. Hughes then moved into acting, playing a bumbling radio journalist Ashley Wallace in the 1977 film ABBA: The Movie. Later appearing in a number of theatrical and film productions, Hughes is best known as the architect father Martin Kelly, in the long-running Australian television series Hey Dad..! (1987 - 1993). Hughes quit the series one year before the final episode (1994), after an on-set dispute with co-star Julie McGregor.

Despite being the star of the series, Hughes has consistently declined to participate in reunions of the Hey Dad..! cast, including the a television special Where Are They Now? in 2006 and a radio reunion on Brisbane station B105 FM in 2009.

Hughes left Australia in 2005 to reside in Singapore, where he worked as a voice actor in advertising campaigns.

Accusations and conviction

In March 2010, former Hey Dad..! co-star Sarah Monahan alleged in Woman's Day magazine that a member of the show's staff had inappropriately touched her on the set of the television sitcom. The allegations were picked up by the news media, and another co-star, Ben Oxenbould, told a current affairs programme on 24 March 2010, that he had witnessed Hughes involved in an 'incident' with a girl under the age of 10 on the set. A further three more actors have come forward with similar accusations.

On 19 September 2012, Hughes was extradited to Australia following a court hearing London. He was formerly charged after arriving in Sydney, on eleven counts of child sexual abuse, and faced trial on 10 February 2014. Hughes was found guilty of ten child sex offences on 8 April 2014 and sentenced to six years in gaol. Hughes maintains he is innocent and is appealing the verdict in the High Court.

Filmography

  • ABBA: The Movie (1977)
  • Cathy's Child (1979)
  • Fatty Finn (1980)
  • Winter of Our Dreams (1981)
  • Squizzy Taylor (1982)
  • Deadline (1982)
  • The Great Gold Swindle (1984)
  • Race the Sun (1996)
  • First Daughter (1999)
  • Nowhere to Land (2000)

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