Jon has been performing with his son, Jon - they recently toured East Timor together. The son uses his mother's maiden name, Sora, to avoid some confusion.
Jon was offered a role in the classic Australian television show The Sullivans. He turned it down becuase he didn't want to get his hair cut.
If Jon hadn't been an actor/singer/songwriter, he believes he would have been a schoolteacher.
Jon's family have something about 'J'. Not only do Jon's 3 siblings have J names, his 4 children all start with J, as do his 3 grandchildren.
Jon: (One grandson), his name is Jarwo, so we are running out of J's, believe it or not.
Jon's sibblings are Jill, Janet and Jeremy.
Jon has four children - two boys and two girls. Their names are Jessamine, Josephine, Jonathan and Julie.
Jon was 20 to get married; his wife was 19.
The ship Jon travelled on when moving to Australia was called The Orion.
Jon's wife is Carmen. They met in high school - she was a year below him. They married in 1969. Jon says "somehow we stayed married, which is mostly all of her work, not mine."
While living in England, Jon's father, Sidney, worked at the airport in air cargo. His mother, Sheila, did various things including working as a teacher, ambulance driver and hospital worker.
Besides those mentioned in his biography, Jon's stage career includes: Rasputin (1987), Big River (1988), Paris (1989/90), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1998/9), Are You Being Served (2001), Don't Dress For Dinner (2002), Bedside Manners (2003), and Dad's Army (2004).
For the original Victorian State Opera's Production of Pirates of Penzance, Jon won two Melbourne Drama Critics Greenroom Awards for Most Outstanding Actor.
As part of the team working on Paris, the stage musical, Jon won an ARIA for Best Cast Album.
Jon wrote and stared in the musical Paris. The concept for this show began as a prank in 1982, when he wrote a song "O, Paris" about the mythical hero of the Trojan War, rather than the French capital. He claims it was to see how many people actually listened to the words.
Jon's height is 6'2".
Jon stared in the critically-acclaimed musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Produced by the same company (Essgee) as Pirates of Pinzance, Jon was onstage for 95% of the show.
Jon attended Cabramatta High School.
Jon English was the only credited actor (appart from members of the chorus) to appear in all 3 video versions of EssGee's Gilbert and Sulivan trilogy.
(On moving to Australia)
Jon: My dad's name is Sidney, and my mum's name is Shelia, as in 'a sheila', so that was a bit of an omen.
(In The HMS Pinafore)
Jon: How should I know? I'm just the comic relief!