Handsome, youthful leading man who came to prominence in his native Australia for his portrayal of "Malcolm" (1986), a slow-witted young man with a talent for handling mechanical devices which leads h...
The Scottish-born star, who has appeared in films such as The Man Who Sued God and The Eye of the Storm, shocked the audience at the city's Belvoir St Theatre when he stumbled across the stage and passed out during the play's second act.
A doctor in the audience got up to help Friels and the 59-year-old actor was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for tests.
A spokesperson for the theatre revealed Friels had been feeling unwell during the interval but "was very stoic and insisted on continuing with the show".
Friels, who has been battling pancreatic cancer, reportedly came down with a bout of flu earlier in the week (beg13Aug12) and is now resting at home after being discharged from hospital. Theatre bosses cancelled Friday night's (17Aug12) performance as well as two shows on Saturday (18Aug12).
In fall, starred as "Don Juan" in a Sydney Theatre Company production
Returned to the stage after a six-year absence in "Macbeth"
Early TV credit, the Australian production "Big Toys"
Acted on screen opposite wife Judy Davis in "Kangaroo"
Film acting debut, "Hoodwink"
While in drama school acted in stage productions like "The Oresteia" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"
Acted in the TV-movies "The Farm", opposite Greta Scacchi, and "My Husband, My Killer", based on a notorious 1986 Sydney murder involving a self-made millionaire
Won critical acclaim for plying title role of a dim-witted inventor in "Malcolm"
Reteamed on screen with Davis in "High Tide"
Played supporting role in "Class Action"
Played supporting role in the eerie thriller "Dark City"
Last stage appearance for some six years. "The Temple"
Appeared in the TV miniseries "Marriage Acts" as a judge who recalls his life after surviving two near fatal bombings
Had featured role as a psychiatric nurse in "Cosi"
Moved with family to Australia (date approximate)
Portrayed a police detective in the popular Australian TV series "Water Rats"
First garnered attention in Australia with his TV role in "For the Term of His Natural Life"
Appeared in "Angel Baby"
Raised in Scotland until his early teens
Co-starred in "A Good Man in Africa"
Had featured role as the father of moppet star Shirley Temple in the ABC movie "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story"
First major film, "Monkey Grip"
Handsome, youthful leading man who came to prominence in his native Australia for his portrayal of "Malcolm" (1986), a slow-witted young man with a talent for handling mechanical devices which leads him into a life of crime. Friels is best known to US audiences for his role in the comic-bookish adventure, "Darkman" (1990). Most of his subsequent work has been back in his native land, though Friels ventured again into US production with a supporting role in Bruce Beresford's little-seen political comedy, "A Good Man in Africa" (1994). He is married to actress Judy Davis, with whom he co-starred in "Kangaroo" (1986) and "High Tide" (1987).
Married Oct. 30, 1984; Co-starred in "Kangaroo" (1986) and "High Tide" (1987); On Oct. 30, 2002, Davis obtained a six-month court order against Friels after he allegedly threw her to the ground and broke a glass table during an argument at their home
born in 1997
born in 1987
National Institute of Dramatic Art
In late 1997, Friels was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and chemotherapy for preventative measures. Additionally, he has adhered to an alternative herbal regimen and the cancer remains in remission. The actor had no intention of making his illness public but he was involved in a 1998 traffic dispute and in his court testimony revealed the details of his operation and treatment.
"I swear to God I love anonymity. To be completely anonymous is fantastic, because then you're free.
"Everyone loves attention in a sense but that's not the kind of attention I like. I've never tried to be an actor through promoting myself." --Colin Friels quoted in Sunday News, September 6, 1998.