Ugly Dave Gray


Ugly Dave Gray

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name = Ugly Dave Gray


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Ugly Dave Gray (born Graham David Taylor, 26 December 1933 in Manchester, England) is an Australian television personality.

Career

Gray was a regular panellist on Graham Kennedy's "Blankety Blanks" in 1977-1978. He had earlier taken a straight dramatic role as publican Bunny Howard in the early episodes of soap opera "The Young Doctors" in 1976. He left his role in "The Young Doctors" after his initial 13-week contract expired in order to work on "Blankety Blanks". Kennedy himself had convinced Gray to do "Blankety Blanks" [Gray, Dave. "It's Funny Being Ugly", New Holland Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-74110-409-2 pp 125-6] Gray had been receiving $100 a day for "The Young Doctors", with "Blankety Blanks" paying $45 an episode this represented a pay cut. [Gray, Dave. "It's Funny Being Ugly", New Holland Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-74110-409-2 p 126] Later Gray signed with agent Harry M Miller who negotiated the increased pay rate of $75 per episode of "Blankety Blanks" which remained until the series ended. [Gray, Dave. "It's Funny Being Ugly", New Holland Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-74110-409-2 p 133]

Gray was appointed "Court Jester" to 1977 "King of Moomba" Mickey Mouse (controversial choice with some Melburnians preferring a 'home-grown' Blinky Bill). [Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen (17 Feb 2006) "Moomba: A festival for the people.": http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/rsrc/PDFs/Moomba/History%20of%20Moomba.pdf PDF pp 17-22]

Gray later hosted the celebrity game show "Celebrity Tattle Tales" in 1980, and "Play Your Cards Right" in 1984.

In May 2005, Gray was not invited to speak at Kennedy's funeral, and didn't know where the funeral was to be held and had to call presenter Philip Brady for details. [Gray, Dave. "It's Funny Being Ugly", New Holland Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-74110-409-2 p 224]

Gray was portrayed by Angus Sampson in the 2007 television movie The King, about the life of Graham Kennedy.

Other work

In the 2000s Gray endorsed an erectile dysfunction nasal spray [cite news |title=Impotent to get money back|date=4 December, 2003|publisher=|url=http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/03/1070351651341.html| work =theage.com.au |accessdate=2007-09-30 |language=English] .

Filmography

* "Double the Fist" (2004) TV Series (Episode Four: Fear Factory) .... Himself
* "Gettin' Square" (2003) .... Jack Cullan
* "All At Sea" (1977) (TV)
* "The Young Doctors" (1976) TV Series .... Bunny Howard

Personal life

Ugly Dave Gray has two children, a daughter and a son. His son, also called Dave Gray, is following in his father's footsteps as a comedian himself.Fact|date=May 2007

Gray was often seen onscreen smoking his trademark cigar.

References

External links

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