Leo McKern

Leo McKern

Father of actress Abigail McKern, and of Harriet.

He had a glass left eye as a result of an accident at the age of 15. He used to play "practical eye jokes" on the set of his famous TV series "Rumpole of the Bailey."

He has been in constant demand during his years in England in film, television and theatre work.

He has one thing in common with Peter Falk and 'Sammy Davis Jr': one of his eyes is actually glass (the result of an accident when he was a teen).

He was awarded the A.O. (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the 1983 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the performing arts.

His daughter, Abigail McKern, replaced actress Samantha Bond in the role of a female barrister Elizabeth 'Mizz Liz' Probert in his series "Rumpole of the Bailey" (1978).

Leo McKern went to England in 1946, spending three years with the Old Vic and two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Replaced John Houseman as spokesman for Smith-Barney after his death.

Served as a corporal in the Royal Engineering Corps in Victoria during the Second World War.