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Farewell Fred New Zealand lost one of its com­edy he­roes with the death of John Clarke on April 9. Hailed as the fa­ther of mod­ern Kiwi com­edy, John was best known for creat­ing the la­conic farmer Fred Dagg, but also en­joyed suc­cess as an ac­tor, au­thor and screen­writer through­out his long ca­reer in New Zealand as well as Aus­tralia. He filmed an episode for the Aus­tralian TV se­ries The Ex-PM – which he had reg­u­larly ap­peared in since 2015 – just a few days be­fore his death, aged 68, while out hik­ing with fam­ily and friends in the Grampians Na­tional Park in Vic­to­ria. “John died do­ing one of the things he loved the [most], tak­ing pho­tos of birds in beau­ti­ful bush­land with his wife and friends,” said a fam­ily spokesper­son. “He is for­ever in our hearts.” Co­me­di­ans and ac­tors on both sides of the Tas­man have paid trib­ute to the man who taught us how to laugh at our­selves. John got his first big break with a part in a Barry Humphries film in London in the early 1970s, and re­turn­ing to New Zealand a year later cre­ated his iconic Fred Dagg char­ac­ter. He later moved to Aus­tralia, where he set up a pro­duc­tion com­pany in part­ner­ship with his dear friend, Kiwi ac­tor Sam Neill. He has worked reg­u­larly in film and TV shows, in­clud­ing The Games, a se­ries satiris­ing the prepa­ra­tions for the 2000 Syd­ney Olympics, which he co-wrote and starred in. But Fred Dagg re­mains his most beloved char­ac­ter – a gift to Kiwi com­edy and his many, many fans.

FROM TOP: John Clarke was a tal­ented writer, ac­tor and co­me­dian.

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