|Date of Birth||26 March 1909 , Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia|
|Date of Death||27 May 1971 , Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (heart attack)|
|Birth Name||John William Pilbean Goffage|
|Height||6' 5" (1.96 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
After his inauspicious screen debut in 1939, Chips came to the attention of film maker Charles Chauvel, who assigned him a rather more roguish-sounding surname, and proceeded to cast him as a heroic 'digger' in his patriotic wartime drama 40,000 Horsemen (1941). The resulting box-office success, both at home and abroad, led Chauvel to repeat the exercise with The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944). After wartime duties with the RAAF, Chips managed to persuade British director Harry Watt to star him in the pivotal role of tough cattle drover Dan McAlpine in The Overlanders (1946). This defined the Rafferty screen personae to such an extent, that he continued to play variations on the theme pretty much throughout the remainder of his career.
Under contract to Ealing, Chips had a brief sojourn in England opposite Googie Withers in The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947), followed by an integral part in Massacre Hill (1949) . In the early 50's, he co-founded - and invested much of his own money in - a short-lived production company, Southern International (in conjunction with the director Lee Robinson). They turned out a few unambitious adventure films, like Return of the Plainsman (1953) and King of the Coral Sea (1953), with Chips as the nominal star. For the most part, lucrative film work was to be found only in Hollywood: in feature films, like Kangaroo (1952), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and The Sundowners (1960); or as guest star in television episodes, ranging from Gunsmoke (1955) to Tarzan (1966). He remained for many years, Australia's most popular actor, an archetypal anti-establishmentarian, irreverent in humour, honest and uncomplicated. His penultimate performance as an outback cop in Wake in Fright (1971) is often cited as one of his best.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis
|Ellen Jameson||(28 May 1941 - 27 May 1964) (her death)|