Scottish-born Australian actor Tommy Dysart has died aged 86.
Dysart had guest roles in a number of high-profile Australian television series and films from the 1960s to the 1990s, with his biggest role as corrupt guard Jock Stewart on the TV show Prisoner.
But he is best known for the 1992 Yellow Pages TV ad where he plays a frustrated car owner trying to fix his Goggomobil – a limited run of German microcars.
In the ad, he scours the yellow pages to find a mechanic who stocks parts for his unique car, but he encounters people who don’t know the make of the car or understand his heavy Scottish accent.
“I have a problem with my Goggomobil,” says Dysart.
He then spells the name of the car “G…O…G…G…O…”
Dysart finds a mechanic familiar with the Goggomobil Dart model, but says, “No, not the Dart, not the Dart.”
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Although many didn’t know what the phrase meant (myself included), “Not the dart” quickly entered the everyday Australian vernacular.
Dysart graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney in 1959 and quickly became a television mainstay, but also appeared in a number of films, including The Man from Snowy River (1982) and the award-winning black comedy Bliss ( 1985).
Dysart died after a brief battle with illness, TV Tonight reported.
He leaves behind his wife Joan Brockenshire and his son Kole Dysart.