PROFILE
Name:
Antony Hamilton
Birth Date:
May 4, 1952
Birth Place:
Liverpool, England, UK
Nationality:
British
BIOGRAPHY
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Mission: Impossible

Background:

England born, Australian raised Antony Hamilton (born in 1952, died in 1995) got his start as a dancer in Australia before moving to the United States to become a model and actor. He is perhaps best known for portraying Maxwell Hart in the revival television series “Mission: Impossible,” which ran on ABC from 1988 to 1990. He also played a regular role on “Cover Up” (1984-1985) and starred as Samson in the TV film “Samson and Delilah” (1984). Prior to his death, he costarred in the film “Fatal Instinct” (1992).


Ballet

Childhood and Family:

Antony Hamilton was born on May 4, 1952, in Liverpool, England. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted by an Australian military man and his wife and grew up on a sheep farm in Adelaide, Australia. He was educated at Scotch College in Adelaide, in which dance and ballet became an important part of his curriculum. He quickly discovered he had a knack for ballet and went on to pursue it as a career after he left school.

On March 29, 1995, Antony died in Los Angeles, California, from AIDS related pneumonia.


Cover Up

Career:

After leaving school, Antony Hamilton began his career as a professional balled dancer with The Australian Ballet. During a dance tour in Europe in 1972, he was spotted by a fashion photographer and a modeling career soon followed. He then left Australia for the United States to pursue a career as a model. During the next 10 years, Hamilton modeled extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa and had the opportunity to work with top photographers like Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber and famous fashion designers like Gianni Versace. He also appeared in major publications like “GQ” and “Vogue.”

After working as a model, Hamilton wanted to expand his career and began taking acting lessons. His first acting job arrived in 1979 when he was cast as Jimmy on “Nocturna,” a film directed by Harry Hurwitz that starred Nai Bonet, John Carradine and Yvonne De Carlo. Several years later, he landed the role of Samson on the ABC television film “Samson and Delilah” (1984), opposite Belinda Bauer as Delilah. An adaptation of the biblical story of the same title, the film received a 1984 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling and a 1985 BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film.

It was also in 1984 that Hamilton was cast as the reoccurring role of Jack Striker on the CBS series “Cover Up,” where he replaced Jon-Erik Hexum. The show ran from September 22, 1984, to April 6, 1985.

Hamilton next costarred with Tim Daly and Shanna Reed on the television film adaptation of James Lipton's book “Mirrors” (1985), was briefly seen in “Jumpin' Jack Flash” (1986), a comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, Carol Kane, John Wood, Annie Potts, and Jonathan Pryce, and guest starred in “The Hitchhiker” (as Jim Buckley) and “The Twilight Zone” (as Simon Locke, both 1986). In 1987, he appeared in episodes of “The Charmings” and “L.A. Law.”

Hamilton did not gain his biggest break until he won the role of agent Max Harte on the 1988 revival television series “Mission: Impossible.” He was on the show throughout its run from October 23, 1988, to February 24, 1990. In November 1988, he also costarred in the video release “Howling IV: The Original Nightmare,” alongside Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss and Susanne Severeid.

After “Mission Impossible” left the airwaves, Hamilton portrayed Dodger in the short lived CBS series “P.S.I. Luv U” (1991). He then portrayed Bill Hook in the thriller “Fatal Instinct” (1992), opposite Michael Madsen and Laura Johnson.


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