The Info List - Norman Coburn

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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.


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] 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.[1] He quit acting for a time and worked as a restaurateur in London and owned a vineyard in Cornwall
in the 1970s.[2] However, he returned to acting and to Australia
in the 1980s. 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.[3] 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.[4] Since his departure from Home and Away, he has returned in consecutive guest appearances, the last being in 2007.[1] He has also appeared briefly as Fred Sykes in the Seven Network
Seven Network
soap opera Sons and Daughters, and had guest appearances in The Young Doctors, Special
Squad and A Country Practice. Personal life[edit] Coburn originally resided in Sydney, and later Perth, Western Australia. He currently resides on Bruny Island
Bruny Island
south of Hobart, Tasmania. 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[5] Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

1960 A Circle of Deception Carter

1961 On the Fiddle


1965 Tomorrow at Ten Desk Man


Year Title Role Notes

1958 Dixon of Dock Green Jimmy 1 episode: A Whiff of Garlic

1962 The Ghost of Sonata Coffin Bearer Television film

Suspense Ambulenceman 1 episode: The Man in My Shoes

The Andromeda Breakthrough Crowd Extra Uncredited; 1 episode: Gale Warning

1981 A Step in the Right Direction

Television film

1982 A Country Practice Neville Roebuck 2 episodes: Golden Fleece: Parts 1 & 2

Sons and Daughters Fred Sykes

1915 English P.O.W. Mini-series

1983 Five Mile Creek Stage Coach Passenger 1 episode: Making Tracks

1984 Special

1 episode: Counterfeit Lady

1988–2007 Home and Away Donald Fisher Main role (1988–2003), guest star (2004, 2005 & 2007)

2008 The Hollowmen Jeff 1 episode: A Quiet January


^ a b O'Leary, Abigail (4 May 2016). "What happened to the stars of Home and Away? From major Hollywood success to devastating tragedy". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 August 2017.  ^ "Wine hopes for UK". The Canberra Times. 21 July 1970. Retrieved 6 April 2016.  ^ Bellman, Annmaree (27 February 2003). "Preview". The Age. Retrieved 2 August 2017.  ^ Barnier, Linda (17 January 2003). "Channel surfing – The TV week". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2017.  ^ Alicia Vrajlal (3 July 2014). " Home and Away
Home and Away
reunion! Bobbi goes back the bay as Home And Away's original Fisher Family return to the shores of Palm Beach". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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