Actor, comedian and impersonator extraordinaire, Max Gillies is renowned for his satirical impressions of Australian politicians. Max commenced performing satires for stage and television in 1980. He is best known for his shows, such as The Gillies Report
and Gillies Republic
, which screened on ABC from 1983 to 1986. His national theatre tours of You’re Dreaming
, The Big Con, Godzone and Once Were Leaders
, where Gillies depicted an array of international and national political figures of their time, were all received with rave reviews.
Since 1987, Max has appeared in a variety of serious and comic roles for theatre, including plays for the MTC, STC, QTC, Malthouse and Bell Shakespeare. Max has created a variety of comic impersonations, including Bob Hawke, Malcolm Fraser, John Howard, Bronwyn Bishop, Geoffrey Blainey, Graham Richardson and Jeff Kennett, which have been considered the highlights of many political party launches and special events.
Max’s television career started back in the 70’s with the hugely popular TV series Homicide for Crawford Productions. His career has spanned the decades to include appearances in Bluey, Blue Heelers, All Saints and House Husbands to name but a few. His film career has equally spanned the decades to include the Peter Weir directed feature The Cars That Ate Paris, the Australian classic’s Dimboola and The Coca Cola Kid to the award-winning film A Woman’s Tale.