Vale Bob Hornery

Vale Bob Hornery

Live Performance Australia (LPA) is deeply saddened by the passing of one of Australia’s much loved and respected actors, Bob Hornery.

Horney joined Melbourne Theatre Company (then known as the Union Theatre Repertory Company) in 1961 when he performed in a touring production of Sweeney Todd and devoted 50 years performing for the company. Hornery took his final bow with Melbourne Theatre Company in the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest alongside Geoffrey Rush and directed by Simon Phillips.

Among his many stage credits are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merry Widow for Opera Australia, The School for Scandal for Sydney Theatre Company, and The Great Man for State Theatre Company South Australia. His career also spanned film and television in Australia and the UK, and included roles in the movies Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and Crackerjack, as well as series such as Doctor Who and Neighbours.

Among his accolades, Hornery was awarded a Helpmann Award in 2012 for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play.

Hornery’s contribution to the Australian and international performing arts industry has left a lasting impression and he will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and the arts community at large. LPA wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Bob’s family, friends and colleagues.

A funeral will be held at Melbourne Theatre Company’s Southbank Theatre on Sunday 31 May at 11 am.

To read Bob Hornery’s full vale and tributes from his colleagues, visit the Sydney Morning Herald website.