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A gregarious hard drinker with an endearing knack of recalling names of people who had expected to be forgotten, Hunter was universally popular in the movie industry in which he became a stalwart with few peers.

An early career highlight came when he played a news reel camera man in the Phillip Noyce-directed movie about the media and politics in Australia in the 1950s, “Newsfront.” Hunter won the Australian Film Industry’s best actor award for 1978 for the role, the first of three such Australian equivalence of an Oscar that he won.

He also won acclaim for his roles as a doomed army major in Peter Weir’s 1981 World War I drama “Gallipoli,” a meddling dance judge in Luhrmann’s 1992 romantic comedy “Strictly Ballroom,” father of the bride in P.J. Hogan’s “Muriel’s Wedding” and an open-minded mechanic in the company of drag queens in Stephan Elliott’s “Priscilla.”

The two comedies “Muriel’s Wedding” and “Priscilla” were made at the same time in 1994 in different parts of Australia and required Hunter to have different length hair, a beard in one and to be clean shaven in the other, the IMDb Internet Movie Database says.

Hunter also had minor roles in Luhrmann’s 2008 epic “Australia” and in the U.S.-Australian television miniseries co-production “The Pacific” released last year.

He found his most youthful audience as the voice of the dentist who captured the clown fish star of the hit 2003 animated feature “Finding Nemo.”