John Waters (actor)


John Waters (actor) : biography

8 December 1948 –

He currently appears on the Logie-award winning television series Offspring, which completed filming its third season in 2013 and has been renewed for a further two seasons.


Waters played Capt. Alfred Taylor in the 1980 film Breaker Morant which starred British actor Edward Woodward as Harry "Breaker" Morant.

In 1982, Waters appeared in the World War II film Attack Force Z alongside Mel Gibson, John Phillip Law and Sam Neill.

In 2013, Waters starred in a local regional film production created by Luis Bayonas, called ‘Adios’.

In 1990, film critic David Stratton, referring to the films, wrote that in his opinion Waters "has been in more bad films than most other actors around".David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p342

Other work

He has starred in many television advertisements for various companies including Cinzano, Bird’s Eye, Bankers Trust, MBF Health Fund, Sudafed, Uncle Tobys, Qantas, Telstra, MLC, Arnotts and Toyota Hybrid Camry. He has narrated programs such as Mind Games: Real Life Adventures, Nostradamus and Triple Zero Heroes.

Community work

Waters lends his support to various community events including DUETS 2012, a concert to assist ‘The Australian Children’s Music Foundation’ (ACMF) and Carols in the Domain 2012. John is an Ambassador for The Australian Children’s Music Foundation.


In 1975, Waters won the Best New Talent award at the Logie Awards for his role in Division 4.

In 1988, he won the AFI Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role’ as character Tom Garfield in the Frank Howson-written film Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

He has been nominated for several other awards too, including ‘Best Lead Actor’ (in 1978 for Weekend of Shadows) and ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Drama’ (in 2006 for All Saints) at the AFI Awards, and for ‘Most Popular Actor in a Telemovie or Mini-Series’ (in 1992 for Which Way Home) at the Logie Awards.

Personal life

Waters lives in Sydney with his third wife, Zoe Burton, and their three children. Waters also has two adult children from his first marriage.

Selected filmography

  • End Play (1975)
  • Eliza Fraser (1976)
  • Demolition (1978)
  • Breaker Morant (1980)
  • Slippery Slide (1980)
  • Attack Force Z (1981)
  • High Country (1983)
  • Going Sane (1985)
  • Bushfire Moon (1987)
  • Centre Place (2010)
  • Adios (2013)