Monday, March 25, 2019

Sad news

Australian actor Tom Long has an incurable skin cancer melanoma and is expected to die within months. My often dodgy maths tells me he is only 51 years old.

He was a great actor, remembered by me especially as the surfer boi in in the mega successful  ABC TV show Seachange. He was handsome, a bit boyish and somewhat laconic.

Former industrial lawyer Ana Kokkinos directed the very gay movie Head On, aka Loaded. She has many skins under her belt now, and in 2006 she directed the movie The Book of Revelation, where the actor Tom Long was abducted by three women, raped and sexually abused by them over a couple of days. I found this a little exciting, so of course I skimmed through the quite heavy movie for the good bits. It was a intense movie and probably one best seen in a cinema, just once.

But Tom Long (I used to call him Long Tom as he was not behind the door when equipment was handed out, like I change the name of Hugh Jackman to Huge Ackman) was very nice looking and a good actor and his eminent premature death is not welcome at all. Go well dear Tom.


14 comments:

  1. Very young to be at death's door sadly.

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  2. Oh, how very sad. This has not been a good year for so many of my friends, and the entertainment industry as well. Makes me wonder at the grand scheme of things.
    Again, Welcome home, Andrew. I have missed you!

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    1. Maribeth, bad things happen when you get older. I can't paint any rosy face on it. Your words are so nice. Thank you.

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  3. I feel for this man. Melanoma can be hidden and difficult to find. Mine was in a birthmark. I wish him well.

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    1. Interesting Suzan. My brother has a melanoma soon to be dealt with. I must soon see my skin expert doctor.

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  4. Very sad and it has been that kind of year so far.

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    1. Jackie, sorry to hear your year is like that. Our worst was last year. So many gone.

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  5. That's so sad, and he's way too young to be dying, but cancer doesn't discriminate. I've never had a mole check, or any other skin check, except a flaky patch on my cheek once which was rosacea and the dermatologist recommended sunscreen, which I used daily from that day on.

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    1. It is too young River. I think I have rosacea on my cheek too. I just try to stay out of the sun and wear a hat or cap.

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  6. Oh that is sad Andrew. Btw welcome back, have just read last post, just incase I ever wavered, which I never would.. cruising on a big boat with hundreds of others is not for me, your description confirmed this for me 😉

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    1. Grace, you picked up the not so subtle nuances. I won't say anymore publically.

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  7. I finally got a check on a spot on my arm that has never healed and may be where I got my flu shot. Doctor its a trauma skin thing, had some name. I get so many bumps and bites and scratches I never even remember when something might in fact be a sliver of wood or thorn beneath my skin. Our Portland news station weather man who is always out skiing or in the weather some way (avid outdoorsman) just announced a melanoma was removed from his cheek. How in the world does one check every spot all over, but once we get old, things start happening and breaking down.

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    1. Strayer, expert skin cancer doctors can give you a once over and soon see if there is anything suspicious. If it is like here, don't go to one of the large skin cancer clinics, as they are sure to find something of concern.

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