What ever happened to Norman Gunston? Inside the VERY private life of iconic Australian comedian Garry McDonald with his glamorous actress wife after 'little Aussie bleeder' suffered crippling depression

He became a household name playing ‘little Aussie bleeder’ Norman Gunston and Arthur in the ABC series, Mother And Son.

But iconic Australian comedian Garry McDonald lives a very quiet life these days.

McDonald, 73, was diagnosed with anxiety and related depression in 1993 and now leads a very private life with his actress wife Diane Craig.

What ever happened to Norman Gunston? Inside the VERY private life of iconic Australian comedian Garry McDonald with his glamorous actress wife after 'little Aussie bleeder' suffered crippling depression

What ever happened to Norman Gunston? Inside the VERY private life of iconic Australian comedian Garry McDonald with his glamorous actress wife after ‘little Aussie bleeder’ suffered crippling depression

The 73-year-old rose to fame thanks to his role in the legendary ABC comedy Aunty Jack in 1973 and his appearance in 1975 drama film Picnic At Hanging Rock.

His famous character Norman Gunston was born on the ABC series, Mother And Son.

He was eventually offered his own program ‘The Norman Gunston show’.

He’s interviewed the likes of Mick Jaggar, Ray Charles, Muhammad Ali, Paul Keating and Paul McCartney on his show and throughout his career.

The 73-year-old rose to fame thanks to his role in the legendary ABC comedy Aunty Jack in 1973 and his appearance in 1975 drama film Picnic At Hanging Rock. Pictured on stage during Guys And Doll

The 73-year-old rose to fame thanks to his role in the legendary ABC comedy Aunty Jack in 1973 and his appearance in 1975 drama film Picnic At Hanging Rock. Pictured on stage during Guys And Doll

Garry is famous for daubing his face with small pieces of tissue paper and his trademark comb-over hairstyle.

He won the Gold Logie in 1976 for his work on The Norman Gunston Show and was also awarded the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in 1994.

After the reboot of his popular series was cancelled in 1993, Garry was diagnosed with anxiety and related depression.

He told the ABC in 2015, he was ‘mortified’ at the show’s cancellation.

‘I was mortified that I was putting people out of work. But there was nothing I could do. I was a basket case,’ he said.

Garry became a household name playing the 'little Aussie bleeder' Norman Gunston and Arthur in the ABC series Mother And Son

Garry became a household name playing the ‘little Aussie bleeder’ Norman Gunston and Arthur in the ABC series Mother And Son

Garry also revealed that, once diagnosed, he began cognitive behavior therapy which ‘changed his life’.

A staunch supporter of mental health awareness, Garry was awarded an Order of Australia in 2003 and is also an ambassador of Beyond Blue.

He returned to TV screens in 2012, playing Doctor Philip Noonan on Network Ten drama series Offspring.

Garry currently lives with his wife Diane in Berry on the New South Wales south coast.

The couple, who share son David and daughter Kate, met during production of Let’s Get A Divorce and tied the knot in 1971.

After the reboot of his popular series The Norman Gunston show was cancelled in 1993, Garry (pictured here in 2012) was diagnosed with anxiety and related depression

After the reboot of his popular series The Norman Gunston show was cancelled in 1993, Garry (pictured here in 2012) was diagnosed with anxiety and related depression

Garry currently lives a quiet life with his wife Diane in Berry on the New South Wales south coast. Pictured: Diane and Garry in 201

Garry currently lives a quiet life with his wife Diane in Berry on the New South Wales south coast. Pictured: Diane and Garry in 201

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