John has a sister called Jan.
John starred in the comedy movie The Man Who Sued God alongside comic Billy Connolly.
John appeared on an episode of the satirical show CNNNN, posing as the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard.
Since the Prime Minister of Australia (from 1996) shares the same name, John has been used as the basis for many jokes, especially the one seen on The Games, a satirical comedy series. In the show John Howard was hired by the organisers of the Sydney Olympics to stand in for the Prime Minister in order to meet the foreign dignitaries, as they believed that they wouldn't notice the difference.
In protest to the tendency of recognised Australian actors heading overseas for work, John decided early on in his acting career to only appear in Australian productions.
From the year 2000 he has lived in Clovelly, New South Wales, Australia.
In 1999 he helped launch the Year of the Older Person.
John launched the Australian People's Theatre which is associated with the Sydney Theatre Company.
From 1992 to 1995 John was the Associate Director of the Sydney Theatre Company.
Following his agent's advice, John lied about his age in order to get a role in The Club.
John Howard "(in)famously" said "Sorry" on live television in Australia to the Aborigines over the Stolen Generation, in response to the Prime Minister's refusal to do so, whose name is also John Howard.
His first child, Max, was a product of his first marriage.
His second child, a daughter Morgan, was born in 1996 to his second wife.
John won his second Critics Circle Award for his performance in Mongrels.
In 1993 he was nominated for an AFI award for Joh's Jury.
In 1992 he won a Critics Circle Award for The Crucible.
In 1978 John graduated from NIDA.
He studied medicine and law at university, but dropped out to pursue a career as an actor.
John attended Knox Grammar School.
John will play the role of Carl in Ray Lawrence's new film Jindabyne.
John was one of the celebrities who helped launch the Year of the Older Person in 1999.
John is married to actress Kim Lewis.
John grew up in Warrawee, New South Wales, Australia.
John: I'm not a member of a political party and nor will I ever be. It's more issues of conscience for me.
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