Here's to you, Mr Robinson!
Paul’s dad Jim is putting in a very special appearance in episodes airing later this month – but since he died in 1993, here’s a look back at his highlights on the show…
SPOUSES: Anne Daniels; Beverly Marshall (Lisa Armytage & Shauna O’Grady) Children: Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis); Glen Donnelly (Richard Huggett); Scott
Robinson (Darius Perkins & Jason Donovan); Julie Robinson Martin (adopted; Vikki Blanche & Julie Mullin); Lucy Robinson (Kylie Flinker, Sasha close & Melissa Bell)
GRANDCHILDREN: Twins David (Takaya Honda) & Leo (Tim Kano) Tanaka; Amy Williams (Zoe cramond); Triplets Cameron (Adam Hunter), Robert (Adam Hunter) & Elle (Pippa Black) Robinson; Andrew Robinson (Jordan Smith); Daniel Robinson (Tim Phillipps); Madison Robinson (Sarah ellen); Hannah Martin (Rebecca Ritters); Annie Robinson-Pappas (Gracie Helen Vine)
COUSINS: Hilary Robinson (Anne Scott-Pendlebury); son Matt Robinson (Ashley Paske)
Anne: Anne, mother to Jim’s sons Paul and Scott, Anne was Jim’s first wife for more than a decade, until her tragic death in childbirth with Lucy in 1973. It left Jim devastated and his grief-stricken state prompted Anne’s mother Helen (Anne Haddy) to move in as the kids’ caregiver, and Jim’s ongoing companion. For many years, Jim also believed Julie was his biological daughter until it was discovered years later that, one night in 1963 while Jim was away for work, his boss Roger
Bannon raped Anne! Once the truth came out, Jim formally adopted Julie.
Maureen Donnelly: Serving in the Vietnam War, the stress of fighting and the distance from his family prompted Jim to seek comfort with nurse Maureen, who fell pregnant. Giving birth to Glen, she hid the child’s existence from Jim until he sought him out as an adult.
Anna Rossi (Roslyn Gentle): His best friend Max Ramsay’s (Francis Bell) sister-in-law proved alluring for Jim but their brief engagement ended when a most disapproving Julie tore strips off him at the engagement party! Zoe Davis (Ally Fowler): Twenty years Jim’s junior and being Paul’s secretary were problems Zoe struggled to overcome as he tried to commit to their long-term affair. However, naughty Lucy hated her and plagued her with nuisance calls until Zoe blew a whistle down the phone, temporarily deafening the child! Paul was also in love with Zoe but after she miscarried Jim’s baby and learned she couldn’t conceive again, she left.
Ruth Wilson (Stephanie Daniel): Falling asleep on the english widow’s shoulder on a flight from America proved lucky for Jim! He casually dated her until she returned home to London a few weeks later.
Beverly Marshall: Introduced to cousin Hilary’s friend from Adelaide, Jim hated the doctor on first sight – but over time fell in love with her and they wed! Becoming guardians to
Beverly’s nephew and niece solidified their happiness but she wanted her own baby. Two miscarriages and Jim’s unease over her fostering an abandoning baby robbed her of that, and she fled the marriage, returning to Adelaide with old flame Ewan O’Brien (Peter Sumner).
Caroline Alessi (Gillian Blakeney): Unable to overcome the stumbling block that Caroline was as young as
ex-lover Zoe, Jim dumped her, especially with Caroline’s identical twin Christina (Gayle Blakeney) also dating, and eventually marrying, Paul!
Dramas & Other Deaths
Strongly disapproving of Scott’s teenage romance with Charlene (Kylie Minogue), Jim schemed with her mum Madge (Anne charleston) to bust them up, but wise words from Helen regarding his own teenage past with Anne prevailed and Jim gave the youngsters his blessing in 1987.
Buying and racing avintage car was Jim’s dream but all plans to enter the classic 500 were abandoned when his petrified family begged him not to do it because the car’s three previous owners were all killed driving it! Regarding Beverly’s nephew
Todd (Kristian Schmid), whom they fostered, as another son, Jim was shattered when he was hit and killed by a van in 1992!
Heartache also came with the arrival of his illegitimate son Glen, whose incestuous relationship with an unwitting Lucy drove Jim to distraction when they kissed!
Recovering from a massive heart attack suffered during an energetic bike race, Jim developed romantic feelings for his nurse and next door neighbour
Pam Willis (Sue Jones). estranged from husband Doug (Terence Donovan), Pam loved him back but returned to her marriage.
There Go the Oranges!
Annalise Hartman’s (Kimberley Davies) glamorous but cunning mum Fiona (Suzanne Dudley) only had eyes for Jim, or more accurately, his modest wealth. Ignoring his family’s warnings, Jim fell hard for the gold-digger, even investing in a hair salon for her and moving her into No. 26! However, Helen and Julie’s antipathy for her weighed on Jim until the fateful day he clutched his chest in agony and crashed to the kitchen floor, scattering a bowl of oranges! He succumbed instantly and when Fiona walked in on his corpse, she simply stepped over it, picked up the phone and transferred money from his accounts to hers and fled via the front door, leaving Jim to be found by his sister-in-law Rosemary (Joy chambers)!
Dale’s Daily Dramas
Actor Alan Dale left the soap in early 1993 over a pay dispute. He famously went on record saying working for Grundy was “the worst experience…they practically forced us to be miserable”. Typecast as Jim in Australian acting circles, Alan moved on to stratospheric acting success in the US with roles on The OC, Ugly Betty, Once Upon a Time and Hot in Cleveland among others. He currently plays Joseph Anders in the reboot of 1980s super-soap Dynasty (currently streaming season two on Netflix).