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Kiwi actor Watkin dies

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/05/2016

One of the most familiar faces on New Zealand screens last century, Ian Watkin, has died aged 76.

Watkin appeared in movies Sleeping Dogs, Goodbye Pork Pie, Braindead and also the famous Crunchie chocolate bar advert.

According to his NZ On Screen profile, Watkin was born near Greymouth before he moved to Wellington where he began acting in radio and theatre plays.

His first screen role was in the NZBC's 1970-71 pioneering drama Pukemanu, where he acted alongside Bruno Lawrence and Geoff Murphy and later joined Lawrence's Blerta crew.

Watkin estimated he acted in more than 30 feature films, which also included Beyond Reasonable Doubt and The Lost Tribe.

He also performed roles aimed at younger audiences and wrote for television, including episodes of the soap Shortland Street.

In 1999 Watkin moved to Sydney and reinvented himself as a wine broker. He continued to act in local productions.

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