Bill Hunter passed away on Saturday night after 8 p.m. aged 71 after a battle with cancer. His manager Mark Morrissey said, "He was a fine actor, a true story teller and a great friend. He will be sorely missed." The Australian actor was surrounded by family and friends at a Melbourne hospice where he had been staying since earlier in the week.
Bill starred in some of the most iconic and memorable Australian films, with roles in Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Gallipoli, Moulin Rouge! and Australia. He was loved by his peers, and shortly after the news of his passing Russell Crowe tweeted, “Very sad to hear about Bill Hunter.Unique talent. I first met Bill in 1970 on the set of Spyforce.Thanks for the entertainment mate, RIP.” Bill can still be seen in two upcoming films, Red Dog and The Cup.