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Handsome, youthful leading man who came to prominence in his native Australia for his portrayal of "Malcolm" (1986), a slow-witted young man with a talent for handling mechanical devices which leads him into a life of crime. Friels is best known to US audiences for his role in the comic-bookish adventure, "Darkman" (1990). Most of his subsequent work has been back in his native land, though Friels ventured again into US production with a supporting role in Bruce Beresford's little-seen political comedy, "A Good Man in Africa" (1994). He is married to actress Judy Davis, with whom he co-starred in "Kangaroo" (1986) and "High Tide" (1987).
Cast (Feature Film)
Moved with family to Australia (date approximate)
While in drama school acted in stage productions like "The Oresteia" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"
Early TV credit, the Australian production "Big Toys"
First garnered attention in Australia with his TV role in "For the Term of His Natural Life"
Film acting debut, "Hoodwink"
First major film, "Monkey Grip"
Won critical acclaim for plying title role of a dim-witted inventor in "Malcolm"
Acted on screen opposite wife Judy Davis in "Kangaroo"
Reteamed on screen with Davis in "High Tide"
First American film, "Darkman"
Played supporting role in "Class Action"
Co-starred in "A Good Man in Africa"
Last stage appearance for some six years. "The Temple"
Appeared in "Angel Baby"
Had featured role as a psychiatric nurse in "Cosi"
Played supporting role in the eerie thriller "Dark City"
Returned to the stage after a six-year absence in "Macbeth"
Appeared in the TV miniseries "Marriage Acts" as a judge who recalls his life after surviving two near fatal bombings
Acted in the TV-movies "The Farm", opposite Greta Scacchi, and "My Husband, My Killer", based on a notorious 1986 Sydney murder involving a self-made millionaire
Had featured role as the father of moppet star Shirley Temple in the ABC movie "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story"
In fall, starred as "Don Juan" in a Sydney Theatre Company production