Polson, John 1965–

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Polson, John 1965–


Born September 6, 1965, in Sydney, Australia; son of Ron Polson (a jazz singer) and Marie Francis (a piano player); married Amanda Harding, September 26, 2004.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actor and director. Tropfest (a film festival), Sydney, Australia, founder.

Awards, Honors:

Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role, 1990, for Prisoners of the Sun; Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role, 1994, for The Sum of Us; Byron Kennedy Award, Australian Film Institute, 1997; Australian Film Institute Award, best performance by an actor in a supporting role, 1998, Film Critics Circle of Australia Award nomination, best supporting actor—male, 1999, both for The Boys; Golden Maile Award, best feature, Hawaii International Film Festival, Best of Puchon, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Grand Golden Rail, Cannes Film Festival, 1999, International Fantasy Film Award, best film, Fantasporto, 2000, all for Siam Sunset.


Film Appearances:

Leo Hawkins, For Love Alone, 1986.

Tony, Dangerous Game, 1987.

Tony, Tender Hooks, 1989.

Cyril, Candy Regentag (also known as Kiss the Night), 1989.

Private Jimmy Fenton, Prisoners of the Sun (also known as Blood Oath), Skouras Pictures, 1990.

Billy, Raw Nerve, 1990.

Brian Day, Call Me Mr. Brown, 1990.

Greg, The Sum of Us, Hallmark Home Entertainment, 1994.

Frank, What's Going On, Frank?, 1994.

Tom, Sirens, Columbia TriStar Films de Espana, 1994.

Stan, Gino, 1994.

Johnny Peterson, Stitched, 1995.

Nick, Back of Beyond, Live Entertainment, 1995.

Tom, Audacious, 1995.

Jonah, Idiot Box, Alta Films, 1996.

Glenn Sprague, The Boys (also known as Down Under Boys), Axiom Films, 1997.

Himself, Deadline, 1997.

Billy Baird, Mission: Impossible II (also known as M:I–2), Paramount, 2000.

Himself, Behind the Mission: The Making of "M:1–2" (documentary short; also known as Behind the Mission: The Making of "Mission: Impossible II"), Paramount Home Video, 2000.

Himself, Hide and Seek: Do You Want to Play? The Making of "Hide and Seek" (documentary short), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2005.

Film Work:

Producer and director, What's Going On, Frank?, 1994.

Second assistant director, Fuckwit, 1994.

Director, Siam Sunset, Bac Films, 1999.

Director, Swimfan (also known as Swimf@n and Tell me You Love Me), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Director, Hide and Seek, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2005.

Director, Tenderness, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

John, Always Afternoon, 1988.

Embassy, ABC [Australia], 1990.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Deejay Saxophone, Shout! The Story of Johnny O'Keefe, Seven, 1985.

Serge, Vietnam, BBC1, 1986.

George Forster, Captain James Cook (also known as Wind und Sterne), ABC [Australian], 1987.

Kevin, Dadah Is Death (also known as Barlow and Chambers: A Long Way from Home, A Long Way from Home, and Deadly Decision), CBS, 1988.

Patrick, Heartland, ABC [Australia], 1994.

Richard Turner, Kangaroo Palace, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Deejay Saxophone, Shout! The Story of Johnny O'Keefe, 1985.

More Winners: The Journey (also known as Touch the Sun: The Journey), 1990.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Michael Jordan, "Rest in Peace," The Flying Doctors, Nine Network, 1990.

Jimbo's competitor, "Navstar," Big Sky, 1997.

Russell Gilbert Live, 2000.

Good Day Live, syndicated, 2005.

Television Director; Episodic:

"The Little Things," Without a Trace (also known as W.A.T.), CBS, 2006.


Video Games:

Voice of Billy Baird, Mission: Impossible—Operation Surma, Infogrames UK, 2003.



What's Going On, Frank?, 1994.