Frankie J. Holden

Frankie J. Holden

Dec. 18th, 1952
Born in

Frankie J. Holden's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Underbelly (AU) TV Show
Underbelly (AU)
A Place To Call Home (AU) TV Show
A Place To Call Home (AU)
Round the Twist (AU) TV Show
Round the Twist (AU)
Late For School (AU) TV Show
Late For School (AU)
Something in the Air (AU) TV Show
Something in the Air (AU)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Frank Holden, also known as Frankie J. Holden, (born Peter Brian 18 December 1952), is an Australian singer and actor. In the 1970s, he fronted, Ol' 55 which had a hit with "On the Prowl" from their debut album, Take It Greasy which peaked at number three on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in 1976. For Return Home Holden was nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role at the 1990 AFI Awards

Singing career

Main article: Ol' 55
During the 1970s Holden was the frontman for the Australian retro-rock band Ol' 55, which also included Wilbur Wilde and Jimmy Manzie. In the early 2000s, Holden re-emerged on the music scene with the Ol' Skydaddies, a band featuring members from Ol' 55, Daddy Cool and Skyhooks.

Television career

In the late 1990s Holden became the host of the revamped Monday evening variety show In Melbourne Tonight, co-featuring Julia Morris and Denise Drysdale. He has also appeared in the children's program Round the Twist and in the drama Prisoner , A Country Practice , Something in the Air, Police Rescue and Underbelly. Frankie J. Holden has starred in films as recent as 2007 with Clubland, his most recent film directed by Cherie Nowlan and written by Keith Thompson. Holden also starred as Inspector Max Nelson in the Nine Network television drama series, The Strip.
In 2009 Holden also co-presents, with his wife Michelle, "Discover Downunder", a half-hour Australia-based travelling/caravanning program for the Nine Network. In 2010, he co-hosts "What's Up Down Under" on Channel Seven. This show is similar to Discover Downunder.

Personal life

His married his first wife Leigh Hunter in the mid seventies, and they divorced in the early eighties. His second wife, dancer Melda Rees, died in 1997 from cancer. Holden married actress Michelle Pettigrove two years later. He has four children; three girls with his second wife, and another girl from his third marriage.
Holden currently resides on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales Australia and is still performing around Australia as a successful entertainer.

Popular culture

A caricature of Frank Holden appears in the animation Hyper Parsnip Bitches by animator Paul Robertson.
Frankie J Holden has a star in Caloundra's "Walk of Stars" between Red Symons and Daryl Somers.

  • Was given the name Frankie J Holden when his band Ol' 55 was being formed. This was intended as a reference to the FJ Holden car

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