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SpouseElly Symons
FactMember of the Australian band "Skyhooks" (1973-1980) along with Graham "Shirley" Strachan, Greg Macainish, Bob "Bongo" Starkey. Red played Guitar.

Red Symons (born July 19, 1949) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, radio and television presenter. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band Skyhooks, and as the host of the long-running ABC TV program, Red Symons’ Breakfast.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Red Symons was raised in the suburb of Essendon. His father was a doctor and his mother was a nurse. He has two older sisters. Symons attended Essendon North Primary School and then went on to study at Wesley College. He later studied architecture at the University of Melbourne.

Symons began his musical career in the late 1960s as a member of the pop band The Valentines. The band had some success with their single “Every Day I Have to Cry”, which reached the top 10 on the Australian charts in 1967. The Valentines disbanded in 1968 and Symons went on to join the rock band Skyhooks in 1973. The band became one of the most successful acts in Australia, with their hits “Horror Movie”, “Women in Uniform” and “Ego Is Not a Dirty Word”. They were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005.

Symons left Skyhooks in 1979 to pursue a solo career. He released his self-titled debut album in 1980, which included the single “Precious Love”. He has since released four more solo albums, the most recent being “Songs from the South” in 2009.

In addition to his work as a musician, Symons has also had a successful career as a radio and television presenter. He hosted the ABC TV music program Countdown from 1974 to 1987. He also hosted his own radio show on Triple M from 1992 to 1997.

Symons has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Jane Clifton, with whom he has two daughters. His second marriage was to journalist Anne Fulwood, with whom he has a son. His third marriage is to television producer Meredith Baker, with whom he has two sons.

Symons has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameRed Symons
ProfessionActor, Writer, Guitarist, Film Score Composer, Presenter
EducationUniversity of Melbourne


SpouseElly Symons
ChildrenSamuel Symons, Raphael Symons, Joel Symons


Music GroupsSkyhooks
MoviesThe Bit Part, Run Chrissie Run!, The Empty Beach, The Clinic, Pure Shit, I Own the Racecourse, Wills & Burke
TV ShowsAustralia's Got Talent, Chuck Finn, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Shafted

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1Member of the Australian band "Skyhooks" (1973-1980) along with Graham "Shirley" Strachan, Greg Macainish, Bob "Bongo" Starkey. Red played Guitar.
2In his guest appearance on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", he was so confident about the answer to a question that he actually got it wrong. He was attempting the $500,000 question.
3Scored 131 on TV IQ test (August 2002)
4He has written a childrens book called "The Little Red Book of Naughty Red Symons" (1989)




Fat Pizza2003Bumpkin Cop
The Decisive Moment2000ShortStefan Pegler
Chuck Finn1999TV SeriesDr. Vetrone
Good Guys Bad Guys1997TV SeriesIrate Customer
One West Waikiki1996TV Series
Silence of the Hams1992TV MovieFu's Henchman
The Bit Part1987Bikie
Neighbours1985TV SeriesGordon Miller
Run Chrissie Run!1984Pitt (as Redmond Symons)
Sweet and Sour1984TV SeriesEngineer


Blue Heelers1994TV Series
The Bit Part1987
I Own the Racecourse1986TV Movie
Wills & Burke1985
The Empty Beach1985
The Clinic1982
Women of the Sun1981TV Mini-Series
Pure S1975


Women of the Sun1981TV Mini-Series writer: "Sweet Bye & Bye"
Pure S1975performer: "Hotel Restaurant", "I Love My Car" / writer: "Hotel Restaurant"

Music Department

Hey Hey, It's Saturday1971TV Series musician: guitar


Molly: The Real Thing2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Skyhooks
Dancing with the Stars2008-2014TV SeriesHimself
This Week Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Can of Worms2013TV SeriesHimself
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell2013TV SeriesHimself
The Silic & Lee Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Spicks and Specks2011TV SeriesHimself
Statesmen of Comedy2010TV SeriesHimself
52 Annual TV Week Logie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation2010TV SeriesHimself
Hey Hey it's Saturday: The Reunion2009TV MovieHimself
The Einstein Factor2004-2009TV SeriesHimself - Brains Trust / Himself / Himself - Contestant
Whatever Happened to That Guy?2009TV SeriesHimself
Australia's Got Talent2007-2009TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Aussie Gold2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2007 TV Week Logie Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
How the Hell Did We Get Here?2006TV SeriesHimself
9am with David & Kim2006TV SeriesHimself
Australia's Brainiest Kid2005TV SeriesHimself
Temptation2005TV SeriesHimself
Formula 1: Ten Sport2005TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Darren and Brose2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal 20042004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2003TV SeriesPhone a Friend
Celebrity Big Brother for Charity Live2002TV SeriesHimself
Test Australia: The National IQ Test 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Celebrity Representative (IQ: 131)
Shafted2002TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Big Schmooze2001TV SeriesHimself
Hey Hey, It's Saturday1996TV SeriesHimself
Our Place1989TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Dancing with the Stars2008TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2006TV SeriesHimself
20 to 12005TV Series documentaryHimself
Neighbours: A 10th Anniversary Celebration1995Video documentaryGordon Miller

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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