Skippy Actor Dies



Actor Ed Devereaux, who played head ranger Matt Hammond in the 1960s Australian television series Skippy, has died in London, his manager said today.

Devereaux died in London's Royal Free Hospital after a battle with heart problems and cancer, Darren Gray said.

Skippy, the children's TV series about an orphaned bush kangaroo who alerted her park-ranger family to dangers, ran for 91 episodes between 1966 and 1968.

Devereaux, 78, played the father of Skippy's child friend Sonny, who was played by actor Garry Pankhurst, and his older brother Mark, played by Ken James.

Also starring in the popular Skippy series were Tony Bonner, as Waratah National Park's ranger, and Liza Goddard as Clarissa "Clancy" Merrick.