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John Hamblin
Born1935[1][2]
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Died21 September 2022 (aged 87)
Nationality
  • English
  • Australian
OccupationTelevision presenter, actor
Years active1955–2006
Known for
John Hamblin (1935 – 21 September 2022) known by his character names Funny John, or Naughty John, was an English-born Australian children's television presenter and actor of stage and screen who appeared in numerous soap operas and made-for-TV films.
He was best known for his 29-year stint presenting children's program Play School from 1970 to 1999 and the drama, The Restless Years
Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Early life
1.2 Professional career
1.3 Play School 1970-1999
2 Personal life
3 Filmography
4 Presenter
5 References
6 External links
Biography
Early life
Hamblin was born in 1935 and grew up in Suffolk, England. When Hamblin's mother moved in with the local baker, his father moved the rest of the family to Norfolk. He lost contact with his mother at that point. Hamblin's father had flown with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and Hamblin himself joined the Air Force and did his national service in Cyprus in the late 1950s before returning to England. Initially Hamblin trained at art school, but decided on a career in acting instead and studied drama to become an actor.
Professional career
Hamblin started his acting career in his native country England, in repertory theatre with the Theatre Royal, Windsor before an appearance in the cult TV series The Prisoner - the episode 'A Change of Mind'.
Hamblin came to Australia in the early 1960s as a Ten Pound Pom with his second wife, Wendy. Hamblin worked with the Sydney Theatre Company and also secured roles in television throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including roles in soap operas Number 96, Class of '74, The Young Doctors (as Dr Dan Wheatley), Case for the Defence and Sons and Daughters.
Hamblin although best known for soap opera/serials, played the role of Michael Chamberlain in the 1984 telemovie The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain. After a hiatus in the 1990s, he returned to TV series in guest roles in All Saints and Love My Way in the early 2000s.
Play School 1970-1999
Known as being irreverent and inserting double-entendres into skits, Hamblin was the second most prolific presenter of Play School appearing in 357 episodes while fellow presenter Benita Collings appeared in 401 episodes. On the show, Hamblin would sing, read stories, make crafts, play with the famous toys and educate children about such things as telling the time and the days of the week. Noni Hazelhurst, another co-host with Hamblin, remembered some of his irreverent nature that children missed but parents picked up on.
Hamblin published his memoirs "Open Wide, Come Inside" in 2008, with Peter Richman
In 2016, he returned briefly for a special guest appearance as part of Play School’s 50th Anniversary special.
Personal life
Hamblin moved to Australia with his second wife, Wendy in the 1960s. After Play School, he retired and moved to Tasmania with his third wife Jenny.
In 2003, Hamblin suffered a heart attack. He died aged 87 on 21 September 2022 and is survived by his children, Emma and Myles.
Filmography
Year
Title
Role
1959
Quatermass and the Pit (miniseries)
Newsvendor
1959
Season of Passion
uncredited
1960
Scotland Yard (TV series)
Thomas Miller
1967
The Prisoner (TV series)
1st Woodland Man
1969
Riptide (TV series)
Wallace's Mate
1971
The Comedy Game (TV series)
1972
Number 96 (TV series)
Dr. Mike Cavanagh
1974
This Love Affair (TV series)
Andrew
1974-1975
Class of 75 (TV series)
Donald Blair
1976
The Bushranger (TV movie)
Sergeant Dunbar
1977
The Young Doctors (TV series)
Dr. Dan Wheatley
1978
Case for the Defence (TV series)
John Cass
1979
Skyways (TV series)
Bob Kennedy
1978-1980
The Restless Years (TV series)
A.R. Jordon
1980
Spring and Fall (TV series)
1980
The Timeless Year (mini-series)
Robert Campbell
1982
Secret Valley (TV series)
Mr. Melrose
1983
Who Killed Baby Azaria? (TV movie)
Michael Chamberlain
1983
Starting Out (TV series)
Dr. James Holt
1984
Run Chrissie Run! (fim)
Cathys father
1984
The Last Bastion (miniseries)
Anthony Eden
1984
Runaway Island (TV series)
Lachlan McLeod
1984
Crime of the Decade (TV movie)
Ian Henderson
1984
A Street to Die
Dr. Walker
1985
Winners (TV series)
Doctor
1986
Tusitala (miniseries)
Dr. Eisner
1987
Sons and Daughters (TV series)
Frank Porter
1988
Rafferty's Rules (TV series)
Tom Herman
2000
All Saints (TV series)
Alex Knight
2001
Pizza (TV series)
Judge
2006
Love My Way (TV series)
Clive
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Year
Title
Role
1970-1999
Play School
Himself as host
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