Australian actor and voiceover artist Vale Richard Carter, known professionally as Richard Carter, has passed away at the age of 65. While the exact cause of death hasn't been specified, Carter had reportedly been battling a "brief illness" leading up to his death. He is survived by his wife Lindsey and daughter Amy. Carter's agency, Lisa Mann Creative Management, also confirmed the actor's passing in a statement. "He was an esteemed actor, a storyteller, and someone who touched the lives of many," the message read. "His generosity knew no bounds and his loss is too great to quantify. He will be sorely missed."
Carter first began his acting career in 1983, appearing as a "sleazy carnival customer" in the Australian crime drama Hostage. That same year, he appeared as two separate characters in the TV series Sons and Daughters. Throughout the 80s, Carter continued to appear in various movies and TV shows, including a role as a drunk in the horror sequel Howling 3 and a recurring part as a police officer in the TV mini-series Vietnam. In 1989, he appeared alongside Dolph Lundgren in the comic book movie The Punisher and with Nicole Kidman in the TV series Bangkok Hilton. In less than a decade's time, Carter had certainly made his face familiar for filmgoers.
Often in his career, Carter portrayed various detectives and police officers. This includes memorable runs as Detective Sgt. Brown on Rafferty's Rules and Detective Branco on A Country Practice. He's also played cops in movies like Reckless Kelly, Muriel's Wedding, and Babe: Pig in the City. Additionally, he appeared in a starring role as Detective Brian Deakin in the Australian TV series Wildside, policeman Ted Hudson in White Collar Blue, and Detective Larry Klein in City Homicide. Still, he was often keen on playing villainous roles as well, which saw him playing a loan shark in the TV series Rake as he neared the end of his career.
The final role for Carter also serves as one of his most well-remembered. In 2015, he appeared in George Miller's post-apocalyptic action movie Mad Max: Fury Road, which is the fourth installment of the Mad Max series. The movie was tremendously successful, earning immense critical acclaim and many prominent award wins and nominations. It starred Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, with Carter making an appearance as the Bullet Farmer. The leader of a group known as the Bullet Farmers, Carter's character is an ally to the antagonist, Immortan Joe. In a movie filled with bizarre and unusual characters inhabiting a desert wasteland, Carter's Bullet Farmer is one of the most memorable, due to the actor's work on the role.
A private memorial service will be held for Carter to honor his life and career. At this time, we extend our condolences to the actor's family and friends. His performances will preserve his legacy, and the many roles Carter has brought to life throughout his career will ensure he will always be remembered. May he rest in peace. This information comes to us from IF.