Allen Greene actor dies at 55
A South Australian actor who played Allen Greene in ABC’s popular series The Ranch, has died aged 55.
The actor, who died at his home in Melbourne’s east, was born in Victoria but grew up in South Australia, where he worked in production and production management.
He was best known for playing Richard Hammond’s nephew on the ABC’s The Ranch and later for roles in the films The Road and The Big Sleep.
Greene, who also had an Australian accent, played the role of Richard Hammond on the series from 1992 to 1994.
His character, played by Peter O’Toole, is played by actor Peter Oates.
It is the first known death of a South Australian in the film industry, and is likely to raise further questions about the state’s film industry.
Australian Film Institute president John Collins told ABC Radio Melbourne the actor’s death had a profound impact on his family and the industry.
“He was a true gentleman and we lost a great actor,” Collins said.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us who were lucky enough to work with him.
We’re really sad, very sad, and we’re just very saddened.”
Greene also had a filmography, including a supporting role in the 2001 film The Last Five Minutes.
Mr Oates said it was a sad day for the industry in South Australian and the wider Australian community.
“We have lost an extraordinary Australian who was a truly great actor and an incredibly talented man,” he said.
“I can only imagine the devastation that he must have felt.”
Mr Collins said the death was a tragedy for the community.
While the cause of death is not yet known, Mr Oates described the actor as a hard worker who had been a friend of the family for decades.
“Allen was a genuine gentleman and a very, very nice guy,” Mr Oate said.
Mr Oate thanked the public and said it would be a tragedy to lose an Australian actor.
“It’s a real shame that he didn’t live to see the great things that he was able to bring to the industry and he’s certainly an inspiration to many,” Mr Yasskin said.