Alan Hopgood Movies and Career Information
Sep 29, 1934
Actor and Writer
Alan Hopgood (born September 29, 1934) is an Australian actor and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. Hopgood's first very successful play was And the Big Men Fly in 1963. It was adapted for TV by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1973. In 1966 he produced Private Yuk Objects, which he claims was the first play anywhere in the world on the subject of the Vietnam War. Hopgood has also written a number of film and television screenplays, including the hit comedy feature film Alvin Purple, which was the most commercially successful Australian film of the early 1970s. Hopgood was an actor with the Melbourne Theatre Company for ten years and was an early "soap" star in Bellbird, in which he played a long-running role as the town doctor. He has also performed in the later soaps, Prisoner and Neighbours. As an actor, his cinema credits include My Brilliant Career, The Blue Lagoon, Roadgames, Evil Angels and The Man from Snowy River II. He contracted prostate cancer and his book on the experience Surviving Prostate Cancer – One Man's Journey was widely praised. He often tours giving humorous talks on men's health.