Frankie J Holden

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FRANKIE J. HOLDEN was born in 1952, the same year as the FJ Holden was first manufactured and during the course of his diverse career he has become as much an icon as his automotive namesake. Frankie J. Holden began his showbusiness career with the  legendary rock group “OL’ 55”, one of the most successful Australian recording acts of all time, and has gone on to be recognised as one of our most versatile and popular performers.

He has created some of Australian television’s most memorable characters through leading roles in long-running serials: “EMBASSY”, “POLICE RESCUE”, “ROUND THE TWIST” and “SOMETHING IN THE AIR”. He has also played guest roles in virtually every drama and sit-com on Australian television.

FRANKIE J. HOLDEN has appeared in over thirty films both here and overseas, beginning with “THE ODD ANGRY SHOT” in 1979. His film work includes HIGH TIDE, EVIL ANGELS, THE BIG STEAL, PROOF, HAMMERS OVER THE ANVIL, RETURN HOME and CLUBLAND.

In 1990 Frankie was awarded Best Actor in a tele-feature by both the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Television Society for his performance in “POLICE CROP”, as an honest  man fighting corruption in the Federal Police Force. The 1989 film “RETURN HOME” earned Frankie an AFI Nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film. Frankie was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2007 AFI Awards for his work opposite Brenda Blethyn in CLUBLAND. He has also hosted the AFI Awards three times.

In theatre, Frankie has toured with “THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS”(1981),  “THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW”(1992), and “GREASE”(1994). In 1995 Frankie joined the Melbourne Theatre Company for their 40th anniversary production of the classic
Australian play “SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL”, to public and critical Acclaim .In 2001/2,he toured Australia in the Nick Enright play “DAYLIGHT SAVING”,and in  2003 worked with Glynn Nicholas and Peter Rowsthorn in “CERTIFIED MALE”.

FRANKIE J. HOLDEN is also a very experienced and successful television presenter. From 1993 to 1996 he was part of the team roaming the globe for the Channel Seven show “THE GREAT OUTDOORS”. For three years, from 1996 ,he hosted his own live
variety programme “IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT” for the Nine Network.

In 2008 Frankie played Garry Butterworth in the acclaimed series “Underbelly” on the Nine Network. Also that year he played Inspector Max Nelson in “The Strip”, another Nine production

Currently, Frankie is co-hosting, with his wife Michelle Pettigrove, “Discover Downunder”, a travel show screening at 4.00 pm Saturday afternoons on The Nine Network.

Frankie is also much in demand as a corporate speaker and entertainer…………….

  • Australian Blues Brothers Show
  • Brad Blaze
  • Brad Croft
  • Bustagroove
  • Daryl Braithwaite
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Katie Noonan
  • Kisstroyer
  • Lady Luck
  • NICA
  • Nyssa Large
  • Red Alert
  • Wilbur Wilde

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