The American/Australian film & TV actor Tom Long has died at the age of 51 of encephalitis.
As an actor he is well known for his roles as surfer Angus in the late 1990s TV series SeaChange and Brendon Abbott in the Australian TV movie The Postcard Bandit.
Long was born on 3 August 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, as his Australian parents were visiting there at the time.On their return to Australia he grew up on a farm near Benalla, Victoria.
He worked as a jackaroo and shearer after attending Geelong Grammar School, before going abroad, travelling to India, the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and South Carolina.
After returning to Australia, Long successfully auditioned for a place at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1994.
Long appeared in several Australian television series, most notably the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) hit SeaChange (1998–2000) and the Nine Network police drama Young Lions (2002) as well as a number of movies.
Long stopped acting after he collapsed on stage at the Sydney Opera House in July 2012 and shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. He underwent chemotherapy and received bone marrow transplants to treat the disease.
In December 2018, Long was given an updated prognosis of 3–12 months to live, after which he travelled to Seattle, Washington to undergo a medical trial. He was declared “cancer free” in March 2019, having married Rebecca Fleming the month before.