Norman Coburn (born 6 March 1937 in Sydney) is a retired Australian
actor of stage, television and film, notable for his roles primarily
in TV soap operas, most especially in
Home and Away
Home and Away for his
long-standing Guinness World Record-listed role as Donald Fisher
between 1988–2003, with sporadic returns in 2005 and 2007.
2 Personal life
5 External links
Coburn trained with the
Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in North
Sydney, Australia, before travelling to Britain in the 1950s to pursue
an acting career. He appeared in iconic British TV shows such as Dixon
of Dock Green and Coronation Street. He quit acting for a time and
worked as a restaurateur in London and owned a vineyard in
the 1970s. However, he returned to acting and to
Australia in the
Coburn is best known for his portrayal of Donald Fisher, the principal
of Summer Bay High School, in the
Australian soap opera Home and Away.
He appeared from the show's pilot episode in 1988 until 2003.
Coburn was featured in the
Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records as the longest
serving actor in an
Australian serial, along with co-stars Ray Meagher
and Kate Ritchie. Since his departure from Home and Away, he has
returned in consecutive guest appearances, the last being in 2007.
He has also appeared briefly as Fred Sykes in the
Seven Network soap
opera Sons and Daughters, and had guest appearances in The Young
Special Squad and A Country Practice.
Coburn originally resided in Sydney, and later Perth, Western
Australia. He currently resides on
Bruny Island south of Hobart,
In 2014, 11 years after leaving Home and Away, he was featured in a
photo shoot for New Idea, in a reunion with former cast members
Nicolle Dickson who played his daughter Bobby,
Ross Newton (Greg) and
Ryan Clark who played his grandson Sam Marshall. He said he was still
surprised that people still remember him as "Flathead" Fisher
A Circle of Deception
On the Fiddle
Tomorrow at Ten
Dixon of Dock Green
1 episode: A Whiff of Garlic
The Ghost of Sonata
1 episode: The Man in My Shoes
The Andromeda Breakthrough
Uncredited; 1 episode: Gale Warning
A Step in the Right Direction
A Country Practice
2 episodes: Golden Fleece: Parts 1 & 2
Sons and Daughters
Five Mile Creek
Stage Coach Passenger
1 episode: Making Tracks
1 episode: Counterfeit Lady
Home and Away
Main role (1988–2003), guest star (2004, 2005 & 2007)
1 episode: A Quiet January
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Home and Away
Home and Away reunion! Bobbi goes
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shores of Palm Beach". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2015.