Brian Moll

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Brian Moll
Brian Percy Moll

(1925-05-19)19 May 1925
Wanstead, London, England
Died9 August 2013(2013-08-09) (aged 88)[1]
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1953–1994 (retired)

Brian Percy Moll (19 May 1925 – 9 August 2013) was a British-born Australian comedian character actor of stage, television and film and director and producer who emigrated to Australia from his native England in 1950. Quitting his job as a publicity officer, he became a professional actor in 1953. He was best known for his soap opera television roles, but also appeared in film and numerous theatre productions.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Chaucer Road, Wanstead, North East London on 19 May 1925 to Percy Clarence and Alice Sarah (née Mitchell)

During World War II, he was conscripted to the Royal Navy in 1943 at the age of eighteen and spent the later years of World War II serving on a minesweeper. His ship was involved in the D-Day operation and he watched the action from just off the Arromanches beach.

In October 1950, he immigrated from England and arrived in Melbourne, Australia under the £10 assisted passage emigration scheme. In December 1975, he took permanent Australian Citizenship.



Moll started taking on leading parts with the Melbourne Little Theatre starting from 1953 and as well as acting he was producing and directing difficult plays by playwrights including as Chekov and Ibsen. In 1963 he moved to Brisbane and he joined the Queensland Arts Theatre. He continued his acting career in his spare time. In the 1960s he was campaigning in Brisbane for a new permanent arts centre and was involved in these plans which resulted in the Arts Complex being built.

In 1970 he was in It's a Rum Do and had the role of Samuel Marsden, the priest who was partly responsible for bringing merino sheep to Australia which started the wool industry. The play was chosen to be given a Royal Command Performance in the Brisbane Arts Centre. He was presented to the Queen and he told her that over the past two years he had played eight priests. She asked him "Why" and she smiled when he answered "It was my purity of spirit and a bald head". After this, his acting career took off.

Television and film[edit]

Moll was known for his villainous roles, once remarking that this was due to his bald head (he had been completely bald since the age of 25). As a jobbing actor, like many of the era he had numerous character roles on the Crawford Productions TV serials including Matlock Police, Homicide and Division 4, as well as many guest roles on other television series; mini-series, telemovies; and films.

In 1975, he became better known however for playing the recurring role of slimy Town Clerk Eddie Buchanan in soap opera Number 96, Dr. Vincent Snape in The Young Doctors in 1977–1978, and briefly as Mr. Spencer in Prisoner in 1980.

He was most likely however best known for his long running itinerant role in serial A Country Practice, as devious and pompous town councillor Alfred Muldoon a role he played as the script permitted from 1982 to 1992, through 120 episodes.

He had a small cameo role in the film Street Fighter in 1994

In 1990, he appeared as Mr. Gordian in Bloodmoon, a horror film.[2]

Later years and death[edit]

Moll retired in 1994 and resided in Sippy Downs, Queensland in a nursing home, where he died in August 2013, aged 88, His ashes were scattered near his home on the Sunshine Coast.


Year Title Role
1958 Killer in Close-Up (TV series)
1959 Press Gang (TV movie)
1968–1969 Hunter (TV series) Hinksman/Fishta
1969 The Rovers (TV series) Dr. Wright
1971 Exit (short) Geeles
1971 Stork Priest
1973 Boney (TV series) Bill Bulford
1971–1973 Matlock Police 7 roles – Forbes (1971), Tojo (1971), Brown (1972), School Principal (1972), Ray Smith (1973). Gaye (1973), Fred Jackson (1973)
1973 Ryan (TV series) Warburton (1973). Topley (1973)
1973 Alvin Purple Clerk of the Court
1968–1974 Homicide (TV series) 11 roles, Frank Adams- Ted Sands – John Lee – Richard Evans – Clerk – Stan Preston – Gustav – Arthur Reid – Phillips – Grant – Hotel Manager
1969–1974 Division 4 (TV series) (5 roles) Jack Doyle – Eddie Bailey – Herbie Pike – Wilson Snr – Ralph Morris
1974 Silent Number (TV series) Prison Doctor
1975 The Unisexers (TV series)
1975 Number 96 (TV series) TC Ian Buchanan
1975 That Lady from Peking Father Leonard
1975 King's Men (TV series) Drake
1975 Luke's Kingdom (TV series) Settler
1976 Rush (TV series) Thomas
1976 McManus MPB (TV movie) Carl Day
1977 The Outsiders (TV series) Mertz
1978 The Young Doctors Dr. Vincent Snape
1978 Case for the Defence (TV series) The Judge
1980 Arcade (TV series) Mr. Sponge
1980 Prisoner (also known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H (US and UK) and Caged Woman (Canada BC) Mr. Spencer
1981 ... Maybe This Time Older Salesman
1984 Bellamy (TV series) Wilkes
1984 The Cowra Breakout (TV mini-series) Doctor
1984 Special Squad (TV series) Charlie Everett
1984 Queen of the Road (TV movie) Al "Herpie" Graves
1984 Fantasy Man Lofty
1985 Hector's Bunyip (TV movie) Ernest Sister
1987 Great Expectations: The Untold Story (TV movie) Uncle Pumblechook
1987 The Petrov Affair (TV mini-series) Billy Wentworth
1990 Bloodmoon Mr. Gordian
1990 Dead Sleep Dr. Shamberg
1982–1992 A Country Practice (TV series) (Recurring Role) Alfred Muldoon (appeared in 120 episodes)
1992 Something Wicked (short) Lecturer
1994 Street Fighter Bison's Scientist


  1. ^ Probate notice, Brian Percy Moll, Sunshine Coast Daily, 23 August 2013
  2. ^ Shelley, Peter (2012). Australian Horror Films, 1973–2010. McFarland. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7864-8993-0.

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