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Max Cullen

Max Cullen
Born (1940-04-29) 29 April 1940 (age 75)
Wellington, New South Wales

Max Cullen (born 29 April 1940) is an Australian-born stage and screen actor. He has appeared in many Australian films and television series but is best known for his role in the film Spider and Rose and the television series The Flying Doctors and Love My Way.

Early life

Cullen was born in Wellington, New South Wales in 1940, but when he was one year old his family moved to Lawson in the Blue Mountains.

His brother was the actor Cul Cullen (1934-1982).


He began his career as a painter and sculptor after training at Sydney's National Art School in 1956 and later studied at the Julian Ashton Art School with Brett Whiteley in 1959. His works have been exhibited regularly in solo and in group exhibitions and he has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and layout artist on several magazines and newspapers.[1]

Cullen was also a regular arts reporter on the Sunday current affairs television program. He has also worked as a professional and motivational speaker.

Since 2007 Cullen has also been performing "Lawson", a one-man show based on the life of Australian poet Henry Lawson.[2][3]

Cullen had a role in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine alongside fellow Australian actors Hugh Jackman and Asher Keddie. He played "Owl Eyes" in the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Personal life

He has been married three times and has two daughters from his first two marriages.

Formerly married to actress Colleen Fitzpatrick from 1973–1987, they have one daughter, actress Katharine Cullen born 9 June 1975.

Select filmography


  • 1984 Logie Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Last Bastion
  • 1986 Penguin Award for Best Performance by an Actor in The Flying Doctors
  • 1990 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Tempest
  • 1994 Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor in Spider and Rose
  • 1994 AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in Spider and Rose'


  1. ^ Personalities-Max Cullen
  2. ^ Stateline NSW Max and Henry
  3. ^ Lawson album website Lawson
  4. ^ "Television categories 1986–2009". AFI Award Winners. Australian Film Institute. 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 

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