Friday, December 23, 2011

First Installment of Bacon Bits

As newly appointed President of the Wayne Bacon International Fan Club, I’d like to take a moment to talk about Wayne’s beginnings with Shackway Corporation in Australia.

Television was first introduced in Australia in September of 1956, just in time for the Melbourne Olympics. Within a few short years it became the nation’s most popular form of entertainment. Shackway initially became involved in Australian television as a sponsor of a daytime drama. When the production company folded, Shackway became the producer.

In 1959, Shackway premiered the evening drama, Firecar, starring Wayne Bacon. He also had a role on the short-lived Shackway produced show, Vampire Hunter. The rest, as we all know, is history.

Wayne was not the only Bacon to get the acting bug. His cousin, Liam Bacon, was a popular television commercial actor who appeared in over 81 commercials between 1956 and 1964. The above commercial features Liam and appeared often during Melbourne Tonight, Australia’s much-loved variety program.

I’m so honored and excited to get to know more Wayne Bacon fans from around the world. Please send me your Wayne Bacon stories HERE.


Carolyn Payne


Wayne Bacon International Fan Club

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