Colin Friels

Actor, Factory worker, Construction laborer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1952 in United Kingdom


Actor (36)

Missing Tom 2015 (Movie)


Blackjack The Trilogy 2014 (Movie)


The Turning 2013 (Movie)


The Eye of the Storm 2012 (Movie)

Athol Shreve (Actor)

The Nothing Men 2009 (Movie)


Solo 2006 (Movie)

Jack Barrett (Actor)

The Book of Revelation 2006 (Movie)

Mark Olsen (Actor)

Black and White 2004 (Movie)

Father Tom Dixon (Actor)

The Illustrated Family Doctor 2003 (Movie)


Tom White 2003 (Movie)

Tom White (Actor)

The Man Who Sued God 2001 (Movie)

David Myers (Actor)

Dark City 1998 (Movie)

Walenski (Actor)

Angel Baby 1997 (Movie)

Morris (Actor)

Cosi 1997 (Movie)

Errol Grier (Actor)

Mr. Reliable 1997 (Movie)

Wally Mellish (Actor)

Back of Beyond 1996 (Movie)


A Good Man in Africa 1994 (Movie)

Morgan Leafy (Actor)

Dingo 1992 (Movie)

John "Dingo" Anderson (Actor)

The Nostradamus Kid 1992 (Movie)

American Preacher (Actor)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

Michael Grazier (Actor)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

Louis Strack Jr (Actor)

Weekend With Kate 1990 (Movie)

Richard Muir (Actor)

Grievous Bodily Harm 1989 (Movie)

Tom Stewart (Actor)

Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train 1989 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

Ground Zero 1988 (Movie)

Harvey Denton (Actor)

High Tide 1987 (Movie)

Mick (Actor)

Kangaroo 1987 (Movie)

Richard Lovat Somers (Actor)

Malcolm 1986 (Movie)

Malcolm Hughes (Actor)

The Coolangatta Gold 1985 (Movie)

Adam Lucas (Actor)

For the Term of His Natural Life 1984 (Movie)

Rufus Dawes (Actor)

Prisoners 1984 (Movie)


Buddies 1982 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Hoodwink 1982 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Monkey Grip 1982 (Movie)

Javo (Actor)

The Mystery of Natalie Wood (TV Show)



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).


Judy Davis Actor

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

Charlotte Friels

born in 1997

Jack Friels

born in 1987


National Institute of Dramatic Art

attended with future wife Judy Davis and Mel Gibson, among others

left school in his teens



In fall, starred as "Don Juan" in a Sydney Theatre Company production


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


Had featured role as the father of moppet star Shirley Temple in the ABC movie "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story"


Appeared in the TV miniseries "Marriage Acts" as a judge who recalls his life after surviving two near fatal bombings


Returned to the stage after a six-year absence in "Macbeth"


Played supporting role in the eerie thriller "Dark City"


Had featured role as a psychiatric nurse in "Cosi"


Appeared in "Angel Baby"


Last stage appearance for some six years. "The Temple"


Co-starred in "A Good Man in Africa"


Played supporting role in "Class Action"


First American film, "Darkman"


Reteamed on screen with Davis in "High Tide"


Acted on screen opposite wife Judy Davis in "Kangaroo"


Won critical acclaim for plying title role of a dim-witted inventor in "Malcolm"


First major film, "Monkey Grip"


Film acting debut, "Hoodwink"


First garnered attention in Australia with his TV role in "For the Term of His Natural Life"


Early TV credit, the Australian production "Big Toys"


While in drama school acted in stage productions like "The Oresteia" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"


Moved with family to Australia (date approximate)

Raised in Scotland until his early teens

Portrayed a police detective in the popular Australian TV series "Water Rats"

Bonus Trivia


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.